Freshen Up these Three Areas for Greater Curb Appeal
With the spring season right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about a fresh approach to your curb appeal, especially if you’re selling. While there are several tasks that buyers will complete as they begin their home search, looking at listing photos online is near the top. This is why it’s key to get your curb appeal in tip-top shape and camera-ready as you prepare to sell your home. And even if you’re not selling your home this spring, it never hurts to revive your curb appeal. Here are the three core curb appeal areas to freshen up that will surely impress buyers and neighbors.
What’s one of the first things that guests and buyers see when they look at home? If you answered ‘the front door,’ you are correct! The front door and surrounding entryway is the heart of your curb appeal. This is why you want to make sure that this area gets a lot of attention. You can start by painting your door with a fresh coat of paint. Select a color that will contrast with the exterior of your home so that it really pops! Secondly, from your doorknob to your house numbers, either update your hardware or give these areas a nice polish to make them shine once again. Swap out your old welcome mat for a new one, then add some potted plants or even some porch furniture, depending on the size of your entryway. Of course the entryway also includes the path to get there. Make sure this area is clear of debris and is presentable to maximize your home’s curb appeal.
Another core area to mangle is surely your lawn. If you haven’t been staying on top of leaves and other winter debris, it’s time to get to work before springtime! Start by cleaning up the lawn of debris including sticks and leaves and your kids’ toys or other lawn ornaments. Next you’ll want to find out what types of plants will prosper in your area’s soil, temperature and other environmental factors in order to know what to plant for the season. Once you’ve done some research or gotten some advice from your local plant nursery, plant a variety of trees, shrubs, flowers and bulbs! After you’ve cleaned up the lawn and planted your plants, it’s all about maintenance. Mow your lawn regularly, remove weeds and trim the hedges when necessary.
Driveway and mailbox area
Your concrete areas, including your driveway and walkways, might be a forgotten area to maintain, but as a seller, this is another core area to improve for maximum curb appeal. For starters, just like your lawn, you’ll want to clear out any items you’ve left in your driveway, be it stacked bags of mulch, kids’ toys, etc. Now that you’ve cleared the path, it’s time to spruce it up. Look for any damaged areas and mend them. Not only are they an eyesore, but they can be damaging to your car’s tires. Next, rent a power washer from your local hardware store to clean your driveway, walkways and garage door. Lastly, you’ll want to upgrade your mailbox by purchasing a new one or giving it a fresh coat of paint for that finishing touch.