Many buyers develop an emotional connection to a home the moment they pull in the driveway. This makes the outside of your home just as important as the inside. Check out these five ways to upgrade curb appeal without a heavy investment:
1. Add Some Fresh Paint. A fresh coat of paint is always a good choice. However, if you don't have the budget to paint your entire house, consider buying a gallon or two to freshen up the trim, shutters and doors. And remember, neutral colors are key!
2. Upgrade the Mailbox. If your mailbox looks out of sorts in your neighborhood, or is old and weathered, consider upgrading. Mailboxes might seem trivial, but they are certainly part of the overall experience when buyers drive up. A mailbox is like the first handshake—it speaks volumes about the character of the home.
3. Replace Old House Numbers. Houses with old or faded house numbers can look old and faded too. Consider replacing old numbers with new ones, or, if your home has none, add some. Like your mailbox, this little detail can set the tone of what's inside.
4. Update the Light Fixtures. Light fixtures on your patio and at your front door can make a big impact on what buyers thinks about your home, even in the daytime. Dated interior light fixtures may deter buyers as well. Simple lighting upgrades can make your home feel newer and, if chosen wisely, won't cost a fortune.
5. Bring in Flowers and Plants. Depending on the season, consider adding some potted plants in a variety of sizes and styles. Lush green plants and annual flowers add a fresh pop of color and texture to your entry.
Bonus Tip: Don't forget about your backyard and patio too. Backyards can sell homes—so if you do some freshening up in front, be sure to carry that through to the back as well. New paint, lighting, and plants should all be considerations.
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