The real estate market may be red hot, but it can’t stay that way forever. One proven way to help your home sell quickly is to help it make a great first impression. Luckily, there are many small changes you can make to boost curb appeal and improve your chances of getting a quick offer.
1. Replace Your Mailbox
An old worn-out mailbox can give a bad first impression, especially if it is at the curb where potential buyers will see it before the house. This can be a simple fix that can be checked off your list in a weekend or less. Some new replacement mailboxes can be installed using the existing post, making it even quicker and easier.
2. Paint the Front Door
Making sure the front door looks great is a simple way to improve curb appeal. Luckily, you can often do this with a few quick touches. If the finish is worn, try adding a new coat of paint or stain in an updated color. It’s also a good idea to make sure any glass is kept clean and free from fingerprints.
3. Dress Up the Windows
There are a few ways to dress up the windows without making a whole lot of work for yourself. Shutters can dress up an otherwise plain facade, and there are lots of affordable and easy-to-install vinyl options on the market today. If that is more project than you want, try hanging a planter box or new window treatments to boost their appearance. If the house has windows with removable grids, be sure to replace any that are broken.
4. Clean the Siding
Dirty siding can make a house look neglected and outdated. Rent a pressure washer and give it a good rinse. You will be surprised at the transformation from removing all of that built-up dirt, grime and pollen.
Spending a weekend on a few projects, such as installing a new mailbox, pressure washing the siding and updating the door and windows, can help you improve curb appeal if you are looking to sell your home.