First impressions as you know are everything, and real estate listings are no different. Barbara Corcoran said that "homebuyers decide if they want to purchase a home in the first eight seconds on the property. Here are a few Honey Do's to help your future clients all in love faster. You don't have to do them all. But make sure that you have done enough.
Planting Flowering Plants or Potted Plants
Curb appeal is like make-up for your home's exterior. It can be expensive, but it is not necessarily so. There are many things like planting flowering plants that will help your home look amazing and colorful. You want the impact of color leading to your front door. This can be done months ahead of time in some climates or can be added right before listing in colder climates. Planning is everything and can be done for under $100.00
Mulch To Make the Property POP
Personally I like regular wood bark mulch; however, many people are moving to what is called rubber mulch. This gives a snap of color, brings a good contrast or blend. Either way, mulching allows you to outline your home and accentuate the positive. Rubber mulch lasts longer, doesn't blow away as quickly with the wind, insulates a better from the hot sun and cold. Mulching, in general, helps keep the weeds down but the rubber mulch also helps if you have a fungus. It is low maintenance and not expensive.
Leading Lines to Your Front Door Adds a Welcoming Touch.
That's right. Create a path to your home entry from either the road or the driveway. This could involve potted plants, trees, hedges or pavers, and an actual trail. These elements can be romal or informal and either way should match your homes build design. Don't go flowery and feminine if you live in a hunky log home...
Add a Unique and Custom House Number Design
Most homes have a lackluster home number. What an excellent opportunity to find an eye-catching house number to highlight the personality of your home. Depending on the type of home again, there are many options to make this number pop without breaking the bank. Home buyers love it, and it costs less than $20.00
Hiding the Ugly in Plain View
There are just things that you as the homeowner may not even see anymore, but a new potential buyer says ugh...for instance:
Garbage Cans, Utility and Power Boxes, etc. You can paint the electric meter and everything along with the same color as the house, and it completely changes the perspective. How about having a little private cove for the garbage cans, or a perfectly placed shrub. These little tricks are very inexpensive and camouflage those household eyesores that you really don't want to advertise...
What About Your Front Door?
You may have a "blah" front door that no matter how great your leading lines or pathway are, it is just uninviting. Change it. There are numerous door options. It is honestly amazing at the very cool choices and price ranges. And a place like LOWES or HOME DEPOT they actually have installers to help do it right...Very important. Some people paint their existing door, and you cannot believe the change in appearance. Either way, this makes a massive improvement to your home front in the welcoming of your potential buyers and guests.
Take Care of your Lawn.
Your lawn is one of the easiest and very best curb appeals you can focus on. You can aerate or re-sod which is expensive. However one of the new tricks of the trade is Lawn Paint. Yes, you heard me right. You can take that brown lawn and make it look fresh in minutes.
The Right Paint Color
When you get into to trimming all the bushes which can make a huge difference, you may also want to think about refreshing the outside paint. If it is gray and dreary, perhaps a nice brown with light beige trim would help it looks fresh and contemporary.
Garage Door Makeover
While you are looking at that outside paint remember that garage doors are one of the first things people see when they look at your home. Again a bright coat of paint can make a huge difference plus there are garage door decorative magnetic add-on's that can dress up a plain jane door for $20-$30.
As I mentioned in the beginning, you don't have to do all of this. But one or two of these little Honey Do Projects can make a massive difference to your curb appeal. You want people to feel the loving care you've had for the property. That is the goal. You want people to want to come in and see your home, and it all starts at the curb.Phone: 509-385-4441E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org