When trying to sell your home, it's vital never to underestimate the value of great curb appeal. Potential buyers can make a yay-or-nay decision within moments or even seconds of starting to look at a home for sale. No matter what your budget is, you can often Increase your price and your appeal by focusing on what you can do to make the house look great from the first glance. Here are a few ideas for any budget.
Replace Old Windows. Tired, old windows (and doors) will instantly make a house look dated. They also cause potential buyers to worry about the energy efficiency of the overall home. Both problems are good reasons alone to replace at least the front-facing windows if your budget allows it. Complement new windows with a soft and airy window treatment or some bright window boxes.
Paint. A fresh coat of paint can make the whole house look years younger. If it's in your budget, give the entire façade a new coat of paint in an updated and modern color. If you can't do that much, be sure to freshen up the trim and garage door.
Spiff Up the Roof. The roof is an important -- and expensive -- feature of the home, so make it look as good as you can. Replacing any damaged or worn shingles is an easy fix. In addition, clean out the gutters, give them a good scrub, and replace dented or failing gutter sections.
Clean up the Lawn. If you have little extra room in your wallet to add curb appeal, start with the cheap (or even free) help you can give your lawn and front yard. Trim bushes and trees back into attractive shapes and green up the lawn with some additional water and fertilizer. Add some fresh mulch or gravel to flower beds, around trees, and in any areas where the plants are a lost cause.
Add Color. Adding color to your front space can take many forms -- most of which will add much more value to the home's price tag than the investment you'll make in them. A simple thing like planting some colorful flower pots does wonders for a front entrance. Plant additional flowers along the walkway and visible areas where buyers will be exiting their vehicles. Give the front door a pop of vibrant color to make it feel fresh, too.
Add a Focal Point. If your yard seems boring and unfocused, add a single focal point to draw attention away from unwanted features. A fun and inexpensive focal point can be as simple as a bird bath or fountain, a piece of eclectic yard art, a lattice, or even a small parlor table on the front porch.
Whether you can make just one of these changes or are able to improve several areas of your curb appeal, the result will surely add hundred or even thousands to your house's sale price. Visit professionals for more information.