We all know we're not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but let's be honest – we do it everyday. And the same goes for homes. What the outside of someone's property looks like, directly affects how you imagine the interior. It's a competitive market out there, so if you're selling your home in Greenville, Greer or Simpsonville, making a good first impression to buyers is compulsory. Even if your property is tidy, you might still need to add some curb appeal to give your home that extra edge over other sellers. Keep reading to learn our top 10 ways to add curb appeal to your home.
1. Line the Driveway
A simple and cost effective way to add curb appeal to your home is by lining your driveway with a border or edge. Doing this can really make a boring driveway pop. Consider using bricks, stones, pavers or all three. This will really give your driveway an orderly and elegant appearance. Bonus: it will also keep people from driving on your lawn and damaging the grass.
2. Change & Update Hardware
If you're searching for a way to make your home look a little more upscale, consider updating your mailbox to a decorative one. Choose a mailbox that will complement your home rather than take away from it. Additionally, many home improvement centers sell decorative numbers for an extremely low cost, and a nice address will can really spruce up the outside of your property. And if you add some new chic porch lights, you'll be amazed at the compliments your home will receive.
3. Plant Flowers
Planting flowers is an easy way to add a pop of color to an otherwise plain property. Consider planting flowers around trees, along the sidewalk, hang flower baskets and in front of your home. Be sure to consult with a florist on how to maintain them and find plants that will thrive in your environment and climate.
4. Add Lights Along Walkways
Lighting your walkway provides guests with a welcoming, inviting and friendly entrance that can also optimize and highlight your landscaping. For a clean, no cable look, try using solar powered lights that are easy to install. Your guests will appreciate the ambience and additional light at night.
5. Hide Dead spots & Spruce Up with Mulch
If you're trying to cover up that pesky patch of grass, in a shady area, that refuses to grow, consider laying a nice base of mulch that will help the grass retain moisture. Of course, be sure to add a few plants that thrive in the shade. While you're at it, lay the mulch around existing plants, trees and flower beds for a crisp and clean look.
6. Fresh Paint
A coat of paint will do wonders to your home's curb appeal. Whether you decide to simply paint your door or your entire home, you'll be amazed at the difference it can make. Pick soft and neutral colors for your home's exterior and if you're wanting a bit of color, add it to your door.
7. Too Much Can Be Too Much
While we encourage you to plant flowers, garden and express your green thumb, we want to clarify that overgrown shrubbery, grass and trees can take away from your property's curb appeal. Cut back your trees and underbrush so that they're not taking any sunlight away from your home. Be sure to not block windows and trim your bushes.
8. Pressure Wash
Rent a pressure washer and thoroughly clean your driveway and the exterior of your home. Doing this will significantly brighten your property and will remove years of dirt and grime. If you can't rent a pressure washer, you can opt instead for a bucket of soapy water and a long soft-bristled brush. Don't forget to wash your windows!
9. Add Some Character
An elegant wreath, doorway mat or door knocker can really a kick of character to your home. This will make your property feel welcoming, cozy and chic. Buyers will notice these small touches and it's a simple way to dress up your home.
10. Put Items Away
If you're selling your home, be sure your yard is tidy and items are put away. Don't leave unfinished projects, toys or gardening equipment lying around. This could give buyers the impression that the home is unorderly, poorly maintained and in need of serious work. Put your items in the garage (neatly) and hang up the hose.
Showing off your home's curb appeal is extremely simple to do. With the right preparation and a minimal amount of effort, your home can be extremely well-received by potential buyers. Once you've tidied the outside, consider following these home-staging tips and tricks. Do you have any favorite curb appeal tricks? Comment below and share with us!