If you’re like many people selling a house in Boston or a nearby community, you want to sell quickly – and with the right curb appeal, you may be able to sell your house fast (and at the best possible price).
5 Curb Appeal Tips That Can Help You Sell Your Home Fast
Buyers begin forming an impression about your home before they even get out of the car, which means its exterior needs to look warm and welcoming. The impression buyers get outside your home goes right through the front door with them – and if they weren’t impressed with the view from the street, they’re going to walk in without the “wow” factor you need them to have. That means you should use these five tips to spruce up your home’s curb appeal:
- Use plants to your advantage
- Show off your porch
- Make sure your windows are gleaming
- Spot-check the paint
- Power-wash the driveway
Here’s a closer look at each.
Curb Appeal Tip #1: Use Plants to Your Advantage
Cut the grass, trim the hedges and edge around the sidewalk and driveway. Then, plant some low-maintenance greenery where appropriate – and if that’s not your cup of tea, use potted plants that are easy to care for (and hard to kill). Some of the best potted plants for your yard or patio include skimmia rubella, euonymus and callistemon.
Curb Appeal Tip #2: Show Off Your Porch
Your porch should be warm and welcoming, and it should be an extension of your indoor living space. Add a few seats – and if there’s room, a table – to show that your porch is a great place to enjoy the neighborhood, have coffee in the morning, or socialize with friends and family. Invest in a new welcome mat, too, as well as new house numbers and, if necessary, a new exterior light fixture.
Related: 9 essential tips for buyers who want a green home
Curb Appeal Tip #3: Make Sure Your Windows Are Gleaming
Have your windows professionally cleaned so they look new. Buyers may not notice the fact that they’re completely spotless, but they almost certainly will notice if they’re not.
Curb Appeal Tip #4: Spot-Check the Paint (and the Trim)
If your home’s exterior needs a fresh coat of paint, it’s worth investing in – you don’t want buyers to believe that they’re walking into a shabby, unmaintained house. If your home has siding rather than paint, walk around the exterior and make sure it’s in good shape; replace any panels that aren’t looking their best.
Pro Tip: Never, ever power-wash your house. Doing so could ruin the siding or paint – and worse, it could force water into the wood and cause significant (and expensive) damage.
Related: 9 things to do before you sell your house in Boston
Curb Appeal Tip #5: Power-Wash the Driveway
Although you shouldn’t power-wash your house, it’s often a good idea to do it to the driveway. Some stains won’t come out, but you can certainly improve the concrete’s look with a well-applied, high-powered stream of water. You can power-wash your sidewalk, too. Just be careful to steer clear of the house, the grass and any vegetation when you spray.
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