Winter is over, spring is here and now is the time you might be thinking of putting your home on the market. When selling your home, it is important to showcase your home in the best light. Take a walk across the street and try and see your home from a prospective buyer’s perspective. You might see those weeds popping up already in your beds, grungy siding or the hedge that needs a trim. These are the type of small, yet effective fixes that will help make your home more attractive without a big investment, just some time and elbow grease. All of us at Weichert, REALTORS®-The Sumner Group have put together 5 inexpensive ways you can increase the curb appeal of your home:
1. Spring Planting: The weeds are beginning to creep back. Get a head start on weeding your beds and keeping them weeded for the best look possible. Plant some brightly colored plants for an eye-catching look. Even putting out a few potted plants will brighten up your home. And now might be a good time to freshen up your beds with a few bales of pinestraw or other mulch material.
2. Get it Clean: Rent or borrow a pressure washer and clean off your siding. Be sure to get the porch! It may not be anybody’s favorite chore, but be sure you wash the windows, too. Use newspaper and vinegar for a cheap and environmentally friendly way to clean. Be sure to keep the gutters clear – gutters free of debris will help make your home look clean and neat.
3. Light it Up: Add some pathway lights, kits are inexpensive to buy and easy to set up. Consider installing some exterior lighting to help highlight your home and add security.
4. Keep it Neat: Get rid of the clutter. Put up tools, make sure hoses are coiled neatly, and make sure the kids’ toys are put away so no one trips on them. Keep the lawn mowed and trees/bushes trimmed. Be sure to dispose of your yard waste properly. A tidy lawn is a beautiful lawn!
5. The Final Touches: Things like spending a few bucks on some new house numbers, replacing the mailbox or outside porch lights, or purchasing a couple cans of paint to freshen up the trim and front door will add that final touch to making your home look great!
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