This is a guest post by ABODO.com
If you’re aiming to sell your home in the near future, you’ve probably been running around like crazy working on the interior of your home. You installed new carpeting all throughout the house. You upgraded your kitchen appliances to brand new stainless steel. You purchased new hardwood flooring for every inch of your house. But what about the exterior — the first thing a potential buyer might see when they arrive for a showing?
Although the interior of your home is very, very important, it’s also important to remember that making a good first impression is where it all starts for the buyer. There are a few simple changes you can make to your home’s exterior to give it years of new life and enhanced curb appeal without spending thousands of dollars.
Paint the door and window trims
The easiest way to grab attention is by adding a lot of color to your front door. Painting your front door in a bright, unique color can make your place simply stand out from the rest. This is not an expensive fix and it can actually be quite satisfying to see your home change within minutes of finishing your work. While you’re at it, clean up your windows and make sure the nicks and stains are removed for a fresh, clean and vibrant feel. This will draw your buyer into the home immediately. Grab a gallon of paint for about $30 and get to work!
Opt for outdoor lighting
Lights lead the way to your home. Your entryway welcomes your buyers into the next home of their dreams. So, why wouldn’t you spruce things up a bit? Soft exterior lighting can make a huge difference in comparison to houses located near yours. The lights will also help to emphasize your landscaping efforts (see next tip!) and help improve your security as well.
If you want to make an eco-friendly decision to truly impress your buyer, use solar lights which are great for sidewalks. They don’t require any running electrical cables and you’ll avoid using the old orange extension cord that you tossed into your garage last winter. These lights are very easy to install and will surely provide the ambiance your buyer will love to see when they first approach your home for a nighttime showing.
Add greenery for a bright and inviting feeling
Plants are a magical addition. Your home will instantly start to feel very welcoming once you add lots of greenery. Flowers along the sidewalk and driveway, in front of your home, flower pots creating nice clean angles on your lawn and garden beds on the side of your house — these added landscaping techniques will enhance the brightness and home-like feeling of your property. Bonus tip: if you use perennials you will NOT have to buy and plant new flowers every year. Let your buyer know that they’ll be getting fresh flowers each year at no additional cost!
The old garage door
There are certain things we use every day but they aren’t very pleasing to the eye. An example of such a thing is that old garage door with stains and nicks from years of poor weather and maybe even your kids using the garage door as a soccer net. Take some time to make your garage door more than just a fully functional piece of your home.
You can easily upgrade and use a vibrant color on your new garage door, which will surely be different than your neighbors old white or brown door. Opt for something more sturdy, perhaps steel or fiberglass. You can even get window treatments if you decide to do something a bit fancier. Plus, modern garage doors are much eco-friendlier and better insulated. You might even be able to save your buyer some money on heat and air conditioning by installing an upgraded and modern garage door. And lastly, you’ll definitely get improved safety when you ditch the old wooden door.
Upgrade your hardware
Little details like the mailbox and house number plate do matter a lot. You will notice for yourself that improving these smallest details can change the look of the home overall. Another thing you might consider upgrading is the actual hardware. Don’t overlook the smaller details such as changing the outdated locks, door handles, rusted light fixtures and other hardware pieces that provide such great accents to your beautiful home.
Whether your buyer is a longtime renter of a Chicago apartment or a Millennial who has recently secured their first mortgage after a long battle with the bank, it is the little things that will get that buyer into your home for the showing and inevitably lead you to a sale. Keep working on that curb appeal and you’ll have a deal done in no time!