Get Outside and Update the Outside of Your Home to Sell

Spring Curb Appeal: The Colors of SpringBECKI OWENS | Exterior ...

Spring has always seemed to be the best time of the year to sell a house. The trees and flowers are blooming and people are tired of being stuck inside, especially now when the world has been in COVID lockdown. The change in season brings the most buyers that are searching for a home and right now, they are simply doing drive-bys. So, if you are getting ready to put your home on the market, remember the importance of your curb appeal.

One of the most impactful ways to boost your home’s curb appeal is to clean up your current landscaping. Remove any yard debris left over from winter. Trim the hedges, prune flowers to make way for new ones or encourage new growth on your perennials and add some fresh greenery and flowers. Right now, in most states, nurseries hard doing curbside pick up and the big box stores are still open and have a good choice of flowers, etc. and at pretty good prices.

Update your front door. This is the home’s exterior focal point — ramp up the appeal by painting it a rich hue, updating door hardware, or adding a new knocker. You can always replace your front door or add a screen door. But if an entirely new door isn’t in the budget, painting it is just fine. A new color can transform the look not only of the door itself but the entire front of your house.

If you have a lawn, May is the best time to re-seed or add sod if it looks like it’s coming back patchy. Mulch flower beds with a natural mulch to help the soil retain moisture and give the beds a finished look. Keep the lawn freshly mowed.

Clean windows and siding. Give your siding a fresh start this spring by washing off the dirt, road salt, and cobwebs using a power washer or a regular hose with washing attachment. A hose with a window washing attachment can get windows shiny and clean. Just remember to clean inside windows too for the most sparkle.

Determine what type of lighting will enhance the look and safety of your home. Common exterior lighting includes pathway, landscaping, porch and security lights. If you’re adding a front porch fixture, make sure the size is proportionate to your space to create a sleek and inviting look. The fixture you select should support the total wattage you need for proper illumination. Be sure to keep in mind the availability of outdoor outlets. You may want to consider solar powered outdoor lighting.

The Bottom Line: People are itching to get out of their homes from being trapped inside. The stay-at-home orders will be lifted and when they are you will want your home to be in shape, or to be at the top of someone’s list to see. If they only driving by, make your home stand out to them.

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