3 Ways to Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal

3 Ways to Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal

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Traditionally, even before reading anything about a home, the first thing any potential buyer does is check out the house’s curb appeal. That initial impression goes a long way, and everything else comes after. While it’s less common than it used to be for buyers to drive around looking at every house in person, curb appeal is still crucial to selling a home.

Even with today’s housing market internet searches that allow users to filter by the number of rooms and other requirements before seeing any properties, it still holds that the first thing people check once they have their filtered results is the curb appeal. Here are three ways you can improve your home’s curb appeal to attract potential buyers.

1. Make the Landscaping Spotless

Once you decide to sell, jump into the landscaping right away — this can often take some time to get dialed in just right. Remove weeds with fervor, and try to revive any dead or bare spots in your lawn. While the home remains listed, stay on top of mowing and keeping any toys and sundry items off the yard. If you’re unsure of where to start or feel your yard is missing something, you can enlist the help of professional landscapers like Brendan Wetzel, who can help you get your yard in ship shape.

2. Paint Your front door

To make your house stand out, turn your front door into a statement piece. This doesn’t mean to go crazy with it, but choose a solid bold color that will complement the rest of the house. You’ve probably seen homes where the owners have painted the front door and turned it into an eyesore, so after you’ve painted, go to the curb and examine your work. Be honest with yourself — does it look amazing? If not, redo it and don’t settle until you can drive by your house and feel impressed with how nice it looks. This simple update can make a house look completely different.

A front door with the right paint job can work wonders for even an otherwise average-looking home’s curb appeal.

3. Get All Those Repairs Done

When you live in a home long-term, it’s easy to let a few items needing repair slide by — after all, if it’s not crucial, you can get to it later. However, when it comes time to sell, you don’t have later anymore — get those projects done now. You can’t risk letting any part of your home look undone. Repair things like fence posts and roofing shingles. Look around and do things like straighten up a leaning mailbox — do everything you can to make your house look brand new.

To give yourself the best chances of selling your home quickly and for the right price, you have to be cognizant of curb appeal. Get your landscaping in order, paint your front door and mend anything that appears broken. Even if buyers are looking online, eventually they’re going to see that house in person. Never underestimate the power of curb appeal.


Eric is the creator of At Home in the Future and has been a passionate fan of the future since he was seven. He's a web developer by trade, and serves as the Director of Communication and Technology for a large church in Nashville, TN (where he and his family are building a high tech home in the woods).


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