Adding Curb Appeal

When prospective buyers arrive at your home for their viewing, the first thing that they will see is the exterior of your home. That is why it is important when selling your home, not only does the interior need to be polished and cleaned but the exterior should be equally attended to.

These are a few tips that can help add curb appeal to your home:

  • Trim bushes, branches, and shrubs so they don’t block windows, walkways or the home’s natural appeal.
  • Clean out any existing flowerbeds and set a pot of bright flowers on your porch or front walkway.
  • Install new, matching locks and knobs on your front door.
  • Make sure doorbell is working properly
  • Repair any cracks or holes in the driveway, and clean oil spots with degreaser and a steel brush.
  • Mow your lawn. Also, turning on the sprinklers for 30 minutes prior to showing will make the whole yard sparkle
  • Edge the grass around the walkways and trees.
  • Stow your garden tools and hoses out of sight, and clear kids’ toys from the lawn.
  • Install a new mailbox
  • Upgrade your outdoor lighting
  • Give your doormat a good shaking or purchase a new one for outside your front door.
  • Polish or replace your house numbers.
  • Use a pressure washer to give your driveway and garage floor a good cleaning. The acidity in dark cola drinks can help remove oil, rust and grease stains, along with a little elbow grease.
  • Clean off any dirt, dust and cobwebs that may have collected on your outdoor furniture. If necessary, you can also pressure wash those items as well.
  • Clean exterior of all windows and glass doors. You don’t need anything special to polish up window glass; just mix a solution of one part white vinegar to eight parts water, plus a drop or two of dishwashing liquid in a spray bottle. Wipe with newspaper to avoid streaks. (Washing on a cloudy day also reduces streaking).
  • Remove window screens and place them outside on a tarp or other clean, waterproof surface. Use a garden hose, an all-purpose cleaner, and a soft brush to gently clean the screens.
  • If applicable, place a seasonal wreath on your door.