As we all know from movies and novels, love at first sight can be a powerful catalyst for action. When you are preparing to put your house on the market, you need to consider what aesthetic improvements you can do to make the best first impression on potential buyers—it's all about romance. When they get out of the car and walk up the front path for the first time, you want them to imagine themselves coming home to this house every day.
Harris Safier, principal broker and CEO of Westwood Metes & Bounds, offers 10 tried and tested tips for improving curb appeal.
1. Take an objective look at your home's exterior as if you were the buyer. If you can't remain impartial ask your Realtor or a friend.
2. Identify key areas of improvement and set a budget of time and money.
3. Begin by decluttering entrances, removing bikes, empty pots, weathered furniture, toys, and other miscellaneous items.
4. Dirt and debris on visible surfaces make your home look less vibrant. Rent a pressure washer or hire someone to give the walkways, deck, siding, and driveway a once-over.
5. What is the state of your roof? Does it need to be repaired or replaced, or do you just need to remove leaves and debris? Also make sure gutters and downspouts are clean and functioning as this conveys that the house is well cared for.
6. The front door is the focal point of the approach. Consider new house numbers and stylish hardware for the door.
7. Everyone loves greenery! Trim unruly hedges and spruce up existing garden beds with flowering plants. Use natural color or darker mulch to offset the house and foliage. Potted plants outside of the front door can also add a pop of color and draw the eye in.
8. Open drapes and blinds in the front-facing rooms, as this looks more inviting from the street.
9. Consider adding accent lighting to highlight beautiful trees and illuminate walkways.
10. A little goes a long way. Freshly clean and paint the front door and trim. Consider an attractive new light fixture at the front door along with a new entry mat.
Harris L. Safier, CRB, CRS, GRI Licensed Real Estate Broker/CEO
2017 Ulster County Board of REALTORS President
Westwood Metes & Bounds Realty, Ltd. (Member, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World)