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If you’re trying to sell your home this spring -- and really, there's no better time, according to Realtor Mag -- here are some ways to increase the curb appeal of your home, attract prospective buyers and give your home an edge on the market.
1. Give the Front Door a Facelift
You want the entrance to your home to be as inviting as possible, so start by giving your front door a fresh coat of paint. What color? Try red. In feng shui, red conveys a warm welcome. And adding molding around your doorframe will give your entryway a polished look.
2. Update the Hardware
Don’t overlook the details. If your doorbell, door knob or door knocker is rusted or simply outdated, it can leave a poor first impression. Whether you choose brushed nickel or solid brass, modern or vintage, select a finish and style that best suits the overall aesthetic of your home.
3. Dress Up the Doorstep
Continue the warm welcome by adding potted or hanging plants for life and color. If you have a porch, add patio furniture to help homebuyers visualize enjoying the front space. And don’t forget the welcome mat for a finishing touch.
4. Make Over the Mailbox
Your mailbox gets plenty of use and is vulnerable to the elements, so don’t overlook it. Options include a stand-alone version or one that is attached to your home. A traditional look is timeless, or you can get more distinctive -- just don’t go too crazy. Remember, you’re trying to appeal to a wide range of potential buyers).
5. Level Up on House Numbers
Your house number is an opportunity to add a distinctive accent to your home. Install decorative number plates to the face of your home or fence, or paint the numbers onto your door, decorative rocks or on the pots of an arrangement of plants. Your style options are endless; just make sure they complement your home rather than detract from it.
6. Install Outdoor Lighting
Yard lighting isn't just for ambiance but for security. Buyers want to feel that their prospective home is safe, so lighting should be ample around the exterior. Add hanging lights on either side of the front door, or pole light fixtures on either side of your front stoop. Light up the walkway and/or driveway with solar-powered accent lights, and consider motion-detecting flood lights around the front and back of the house.
7. Paint the Trim
Weathered trim ages the look of your house. Fresh paint offers an instant upgrade, and as a bonus, it will draw attention to the details of your home. Select a vibrant white or a color that complements the color of your home.
8. Replace Gutters
If your rain gutters are detached or sagging, the best thing to do is just replace them. New gutters also signal to potential buyers that you're good with upkeep, especially on important details that can cause water damage if neglected.
9. Pave the Way
A walkway that leads to the front door is an invitation. Brick, stepping stones or pavers provide a uniform look and are simple to lay out. Salvaged wood pallets or gravel create a rustic feel. Or get creative and pour concrete and stamp it with a design. Line your finished walkway with plants or solar lights.
10. Get an Edge
Few things detract from an otherwise beautiful home than overgrown grass and weeds. Manicure the edge of the driveway for instant polish. You can simply use an edging tool to create clean lines along your driveway, or take it a step further and add a border of decorative blocks or stones.
11. Build a Trellis
Create a welcoming portal by installing a trellis or arbor over the walkway leading to your home. Possible materials include reclaimed wood, bamboo or metal. Then, select a vining plant for your location and climate -- helping buyers to picture their future home in full bloom.
12. Plant Trees
Trees are practical as well as decorative, and easy to plant. When choosing which varieties to plant, don't forget to factor in its full-grown size. If there's room, plant two trees to line your walkway.
13. Out of Sight
Cover up any eyesores around your home with clever containment. Paint electrical boxes and weathered piping. Disguise trash and recyling bins and outdoor air conditioners with a privacy screen or lattice fencing. Tuck unsightly hoses into attractive containers. These charming but simple touches will go far with prospective homebuyers who are trying to envision your house as their own.
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