Your real estate agent can offer helpful advice on making your home and property more attractive to potential buyers. The agent has seen many comparable homes and understands how yours compares in appearance and price. A real estate agent also knows what buyers look for in a home, and one of those things is attractive curb appeal. Here are three tips for improving the curb appeal of your home so your property is more enticing to buyers.
1. Focus On The Area Near The Entry Door
Your agent may suggest staging the interior of your home to make it more appealing in photographs, videos, and in-person tours. You can also stage the exterior of your home by focusing on the entry area, which is the first part of your home that prospective buyers see up close.
If you don't have the budget for a fresh coat of exterior paint and other major improvements, consider freshening the paint near the door and making the door and step as clean and appealing as possible. You may even want to put a few plants and flowers near the door or add an attractive bench to give the entry a welcoming and friendly appearance.
2. Remove Lawn Ornaments And Clutter
Your agent may advise you to remove as much clutter from your yard as possible. Clutter makes your yard look neglected and gives a bad impression before buyers see the inside of your house. You may need to deal with tree clutter by picking up branches and raking leaves. You might need to have branches trimmed back so the trees look well-groomed. Also, remove lawn ornaments and toys from the yard, especially the front yard, so your property looks neat and tidy from the street.
3. Clean The Driveway
If your driveway has dirt, algae, or stains, consider having it pressure washed. Pressure washing can make a driveway look almost new. It won't do anything for cracks, but it will brighten concrete and eliminate dirt and stains. You might also want to make minor repairs by filling in cracks. Edging around the driveway gives your property a well-maintained appearance even if your yard has some dry or bare areas.
However, it's good to work on growing a lush lawn and keeping the grass trimmed and edged while your home is on the market so your entire yard is as attractive as your driveway and entryway.
You don't need to spend a lot of money to spruce up the exterior of your home and your yard, but you may need to do a lot of labor. When you're trying to judge how much work is worth it and if spending money is worthwhile, be sure to talk to your real estate agent. Spend time and money where it pays off the most.