Spring is a great time of year to put your house on the market, but no matter how gorgeous your home is on the inside, buyers may not want to see it if the outside isn’t attention-getting too. Take advantage of the beautiful weather and boost your home’s curb appeal with these five easy, low-cost tips.
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1. Paint. When you’re selling a home, a fresh coat of paint is the least expensive high-impact improvement you can make on the inside or outside of your house. A quart of paint is plenty to do two coats on a standard size door. Changing your front door from a drab neutral to a red, black or another bold color gives your home a pop of color and makes it stand out in the neighborhood.
2. Pressure wash. If your driveway, sidewalk, or stairs are stained with mildew, give it a good pressure washing to brighten it up to make a better first impression. Pressure washers rent for anywhere from $50 to $80 a day, and if you think you’ll use it more than a few times, consider buying one of your own.
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3. Plants. Nothing brightens and cheers up the front entrance of a house like brightly colored flowers and plants. Even if you live in a condo and can’t plant things in the ground, hanging baskets, planters and window boxes are an easy way to add color and texture to your walkway and porch to create a welcoming atmosphere for potential buyers.
4. Pretty it up. Adding a seasonal door hanger, a decorative wall hanging, a wicker chair with a cushion or even a seasonal flag out front adds color, interest and says you care about the way your home looks. Buyers perceive that if you have cared for the outside, you’ve cared for the inside too.
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5. Purge. When selling a home, clutter in the yard, driveway or sidewalk in front of your house could give prospective buyers the impression that you haven’t cared for it very well. Remove dead insects from outdoor light fixtures, sweep spider webes out of the porch corners, and pick up toys, yard tool, newspapers and anything else that could distract from the exterior of your home.
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