5 Simple Steps to Add Curb Appeal to Your Home

First impressions are important, especially when you are trying to sell your home. The key to selling your home is to create a warm, inviting atmosphere that begins at the front yard and continues into the home. While achieving this goal will take some money and time, it does not have to break the bank…

First impressions are important, especially when you are trying to sell your home. The key to selling your home is to create a warm, inviting atmosphere that begins at the front yard and continues into the home. While achieving this goal will take some money and time, it does not have to break the bank or take a lot of your free time. Here are some tips to help with the process:

  1. Focus on your front door. The front door is often a focal point and foreshadows what is to come inside of the home. If your front door has a ripped screen or a stained surface, potential buyers may assume that you did not keep up with maintenance tasks. If you are looking for a new door, you should choose one in a neutral color that blends in well with the colors of your home. If you choose to purchase a door in a bright color, make sure that the color of the door blends in well with the colors of the rest of the home. For the best effect, add a wreath made from spotted herbs or dried flowers.
  2. The little things do count. Often it is the little things like the border trim or the light fixtures that really win over or turn off potential buyers. For this reasons, it's important to take a good look around your home and fix or replace things that are cracked and broken. Yes, prospective home buyers will take notice of that cracked switch plate!
  3. Accent your decor with tasteful lighting fixtures. If your kitchen fixtures are green and feature brown mushrooms, it may be time to purchase new shades and lighting fixtures. Because such purchases do tend to cost a significant amount of money, you may want to check thrift stores or used furniture stores for good deals. Sometimes, you can find fixtures that have never been used in such places! It may take some time to find the perfect lighting fixture for you home though but you'll be pleased with the income and how well your house shows.
  4. Plants can create an inviting look. Plants can really help to liven up your front porch or your yard. If you do not have a lot of money to spend, you may want to get cuttings from friends or family to plant in your yard. You can also invest in shrubbery which will last longer than annuals. On the other hand, if you just want to add some color to your front yard, purchasing inexpensive annuals is definitely advisable.
  5. Add a coat of fresh paint. One of the easiest and cheapest ways to liven up your home is to paint. However, remember to paint your home in neutral colors instead of using bold colors. The latter can actually discourage buyers from purchasing your home. Colors like beige, light blue, light agree, white and even a light yellow will work very well. If you paint using a stain finish, it will be easier to clean the walls and wash away smudges or marks that can happen while you are showing your home to buyers.

By addressing all of these factors, your home will no doubt make a great impression upon potential buyers. In no time at all, your home will be sold and you will be moving to your new home!