6 Tips to Improve Your House’s Curb Appeal this Spring
Spring is in the air, and you know what that means — it’s time for spring cleaning! Every year, homeowners take this time to clean up the mess that winter left, as well as to declutter their homes and get rid of old furniture, broken appliances, and just about anything that doesn’t spark joy, as Marie Kondo says.
But for homeowners looking to make a big move and either upgrade to a bigger space or downsize to a condo as they retire, spring cleaning is especially important. This annual deep clean can quickly add some much-needed curb appeal for a successful sale.
Are you ready to spring clean your house? Check out our tips for effective spring cleaning, and see how these simple touches can drive the market value of your house and sell it in no time!
The Make and Break of Curb Appeal
Real estate appreciates over time, especially in urban hotspots where the housing market is soaring. But when it comes down to closing the sale, you’ll want to make sure that you get the best value for your house and ensure that you have more than enough to acquire the property that you’re moving into. To achieve this, it all comes down to crucial little details, like curb appeal.
While the location and property value are at the heart of real estate, curb appeal can be the difference between winning the highest bid and getting an offer that barely scrapes by the market value. Much like meeting someone for the first time, first impressions count for houses going on the market. Buyers who are greeted by well-kept lawns, welcoming front doors, and clutter-free porches are more inclined to tour the rest of the house than when they see generic exteriors and chipped paint.
Well-kept exteriors also indicate shiny fixtures, modern interiors, and smart use of space inside, making it easy for potential buyers to see themselves moving into the house and calling it their new home — and they’ll want to act on that as soon as possible.
Tips for Boosting Curb Appeal:
1. Make space by decluttering
Our homes see a lot of furniture, appliances, cars, plants, clothes, and other effects throughout the years. While holding on to an old TV, VCR, swing set, or car part is nostalgic, it’s important to realize that leaving junk lying around spells out nothing but clutter. We know that it can feel impossible to let go of these old things because of the memories behind them, but the fact is, leaving them lying around is not a very smart use of space.
Aside from tossing them in the garbage, you can also find a new home for them through recycling, gifting, or a smart storage solution in an out-of-sight corner inside your house. What’s important is that potential buyers won’t be greeted by all sorts of clutter when they visit your house.
2. Manicured lawns make a difference
Lawns can easily become messy and unkempt when not regularly mowed. Spring means life is returning to the earth, so make sure to include taking care of the lawn in your regular home maintenance schedule now that grass and weeds are growing once again. This means mowing the lawn, cutting the grass, pruning trees and bushes, and rehabilitating flower beds. By the time your house will be open to potential buyers, they’ll instantly feel at home with the warmth and freshness of lush and well-kept greenery.
3. Arrive in style
The fact is, buyers begin their assessment long before they pull up to your house. Not only have they taken the first look on screen while browsing listings, but they also make sure to take in every inch of the surroundings as they walk up to the front door for the first time. That’s why it’s essential that you welcome them in style.
To do this, make sure to power wash pathways and the driveway; this ensures a clean and bright approach to the front door. As well, take some time to check out walkways, steps, the porch, and the front door and make sure that they are all in good condition, so quick repairs or touch-ups can be easily made. If you have a bit more budget to invest in sprucing up your home for staging, consider edging otherwise plain concrete walkways with accent bricks or stones for added aesthetic appeal.
4. Get the right lighting
Just like your best photos, your house needs good lighting, too, for both functional and aesthetic purposes. Potential buyers would be happy to know that outdoor lighting is installed for security purposes, as well as to accent the exterior of the house. You can also add low-voltage landscape lighting to accent landscaping and walkways.
5. Sturdy, good looking doors
Not a lot of people realize it, but doors, such as the front and garage doors, are focal points of a house’s exterior. That’s why it’s important to spruce them up with a power wash and a refinish or paint job. If these doors are as broken down as they are chipped and tarnished, you’re better off with replacements.
Aside from the design, make sure to look into the hardware of the door. Check the hinges and plates to make sure that they are not tarnished, and reinforce them with metal polish. As for a new garage door, consider models equipped with an automatic door operator as this provides a smart, modern touch, as well as reduces liability associated with malfunctioning fixtures.
6. Power-wash your house
It sounds absurd, but power washing the exterior of a house is one of the most effective ways to deep clean it and achieve increased curb appeal. We don’t often realize it, but the exteriors often become coated in layers of dust and grime, burying the beauty of its design underneath.
Start with sweeping away dirt and cobwebs, then use a garden hose or pressure washer to wash the walls. You can also scrub dirt away using a soft-bristled brush. If you are using a pressure washer, make sure to invest in the right wand, as the strong spray can damage paint and erode sidings. Alternatively, if power washing can’t get rid of mildew and layers of dirt, consider repainting your house for a refreshed, upgraded look.
Even in the hottest urban hotspots where real estate prices continue to climb, putting your house on the market is a highly competitive process. Getting that edge requires paying attention to even the smallest details, like boosting the curb appeal of your property. Giving your property a spring clean in time for staging is just the start.