The days are getting warmer, and it’s a prime time to think about your home’s curb appeal. Making a good first impression from the street is a great idea for any homeowner, but it is imperative for a home on the market. Luckily, boosting the “wow!” factor can be fairly easy to do. Here are five easy projects to get you started.
1. Give your front door a facelift.
Consider replacing an old door with a new, low maintenance one from a local home improvement store like Lowe’s or Home Depot. Such stores even offer installation services (for a fee) that make this project a breeze. If a new door is out of your price range, however, consider smaller fixes for a grand entrance. Try a new paint color to draw attention from the street, or add molding to frame out your door in a striking way. Foam molding is an attractive, and much less expensive, product to stretch the bang for your buck.
2. Camouflage your heat pump or air conditioner.
If you can see your heat pump or air conditioner from the street, consider covering it up. Easy-to-install lattice panels or a decorative picket fence, along with some attractive shrubs or other plantings, may be all you need to take an eye sore to eye candy. If a potential buyer’s eye is going to be drawn to something that stands out, you would much rather it be to a beautiful bed of peonies than to your 10-year-old heat pump.
3. Makeover your mailbox.
Nothing says old and decrepit like a falling-down mailbox or one that is covered in rust. When potential buyers drive around, searching for the address of the listing that they’ve fallen in love with online, chances are they are looking at numbers on mailboxes. Your mailbox may literally be the first thing a potential buyer sees when they arrive at your home. Make it a show stopper! Consider a cast stone surround for the box’s wooden post. Plant flowers or do other landscaping at the base. Make sure the mailbox is clean. These small projects can be completed in an afternoon, and will have a big impact.
4. Clear out the clutter.
Life sometimes spills over into the yard, but don’t let it stay that way. Just as clutter can make it difficult to appreciate the interior features of a home, it can also detract from a home’s architectural features. Clean up toys and garden tools. Consider buying a decorative basket to hide your garden hose. Pick up any trash caught in bushes. If your home is on the market, put garden tchotchkes in storage. While you think your collection of garden gnomes is adorable, a potential buyer may not feel the same.
5. Create an outdoor “room.”
If you have a porch or patio, turn it into a hospitable outdoor space where potential buyers can imagine good times to come with friends and family. Ditch portable folding chairs for rocking chairs or sturdy, matching patio furniture. Add in tasteful decorations such as colorful cushions, container plants, and outdoor lighting. While it might not be possible to add square footage to your home, portraying additional usable outdoor spaces can increase potential buyers’ perception of value.