Tips for home selling: 15 ways to add curb appeal

If you’re selling your home and want to draw buyers inside, make sure they’re excited about what they can see on the outside. Here are 15 things you can do to improve your home’s curb appeal:

1. Buy a new mailbox if it is in front of your home.

2. Repair any cracks or holes in the driveway, and clean oil spots with a degreaser and steel brush.

3. Trim bushes and branches so that they don’t block windows or architectural details and your home can be seen from the street/driveway.

4. Mow your lawn and turning the sprinklers on for 30 minutes before open houses will make your yard sparkle. If needed, start sprinkling a month in advance of listing so your yard is green.

5. Edge the grass around walkways and trees.

6. Weed and crisp up the landscaping with fresh bark/mulch.

7. Upgrade your outdoor lighting—especially at the front door.

8. Sweep your sidewalk and porch (and back decks if applicable) so your entrance is safe and welcoming.

9. Polish or replace your house numbers.

10. Clean your windows inside and out and remove screens (unless it’s summer).

11. Turn on lights and open blinds and drapes on dreary days and evening times so your whole home twinkles. Consider removing drapes if your home feels brighter without them.

12. Add seasonal color by placing a pot of bright flowers (or a small tree in the winter) on your front porch or walkway.

13. Add a new Welcome Matt at your front door.

14. Provide a chair or bench for people to sit on as they remove their shoes to enter your home.

15. Make your front door pops by ensuring that it is clean, well painted (popular color) and has a new matching lock and knob.

If you would like complimentary advice on increasing the curb appeal of your specific home let us know and we are happy to stop by. This Guest Colum provided by The Blue Team—Working Twice As Hard for You!

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