Weekend Curb Appeal Boosters

Before a potential home buyer even steps foot in your home, they may drive by for a sneak peak or to check out the neighborhood. And before that, they will likely see photos of your home through an online home search tool or virtual tour. A home that is inviting and friendly on the outside will win over home shoppers before they even get to the showing.

Creating curb appeal isn’t rocket science. But it does take a bit of effort and a little know-how to create a pleasing aesthetic that shows that your home is well-cared for, with pride of ownership. This is especially true if your home is on the market or will be on the market in the coming months.

Amping up the curb appeal does not have to cost a fortune. There are a few low cost changes you can make that will turn your neighbors’ heads and pull prospective buyers to your door.

Make Your Home Sparkly Clean

Many homeowners focus their attention inside the home when preparing to put it on the market, and a clean interior is essential. But if you overlook the outside of your home, you may turn off prospective buyers before they ever cross the threshold. One of the best ways to enhance curb appeal is to spend some time cleaning up the outside of your home and your yard. Starting with a clean slate gives you a great canvas to start adding more artful touches.

The obvious tasks are to trim bushes, sweep the porch and the walkways, and mow the lawn. Overgrown bushes make it difficult to see the windows, and an overgrown lawn looks unkempt and suggests a lack of care. However, don’t stop there! Use the garden hose and appropriate cleaners to clean your windows, fence, and sidewalk. You can even clean your driveway, and use necessary products to remove oil stains that might have been left behind by a leaky car.

Don’t forget the siding, trim, soffit, and gutters. Rent a power washer, if you don’t own one, and clean the siding. There is nothing less inviting than mossy, moldy-looking green stuff covering the shady side of your home, or grungy siding. Avoid windows and doors and anything that could break or warp when hit with the powerful blast of the power washer, though. You don’t want to have to make costly repairs that are unnecessary! Clean your gutters if there is anything growing or piled up and visible from the street.

For maximum sparkle, you’ll need to clean your windows on both the outside AND the inside!

Consider Adding Shutters

If your home doesn’t already have them, shutters are a great way to show off your windows! They make the windows appear larger, and provide a contrast to otherwise boring the exterior walls. If you do have shutters, inspect them to make sure they are in good repair, and consider a fresh coat of paint to make them pop.

Give Your Door Some Love

Exterior doors can be expensive, so a new one may not be in your budget. However, you can make your front door more visually appealing with a fresh coat of paint and updated hardware. It’s amazing how nice a brand new brass (or brushed steel) knocker, kick plate, and door handle will look against a freshly painted door. Paint the door frame a contrasting color to the siding and the door, for added visual interest. And if seasonally appropriate, you add a tasteful wreath or decoration on the door. Potted plants on either side of the door can also bring some color or visual interest.

Update Your House Numbers

Replace your faded house numbers with bright shiny new ones. There are a variety of styles now available that can add a touch of elegance, sophistication, or whimsy to your entryway, while also being functional. If you don’t currently have house numbers on your house, and prefer not to pound nails into your siding or door, consider these options:

  • Use an upside down terra-cotta planter, and paint it with bright, interesting colors, Then add the house number on the pot (or you can paint them, if you have an artistic flair) in a contrasting color. Place the pot on your doorstep, so it’s easily visible.
  • Add the house numbers to a post along your front walk or along the driveway.
  • Make creative use of the stair riser on your front porch and affix the numbers there.

Brighten Your Light Fixtures

Tarnished, outdated, or puny light fixtures can really detract from the curb appeal. You can replace your existing exterior light fairly inexpensively, with outdoor sconces available at your local hardware store. If you are on a tight budget, you can also consider painting your existing fixture.

In addition to the porch light or sconce, you can make your front walk look amazing by investing in a few solar-powered walkway lights, and highlight an ornamental tree or architectural feature with a solar-powered spotlight. These are relatively inexpensive and do not require an electrician to install.

My team specializes in home staging and curb appeal that will really wow your buyers. We can help you make smart choices on the updates and changes that will net you the biggest bank for your buck. Let my team at Keystone Realtors® meet all your real estate needs. Paul Phangureh has over 16 years of experience in buying and selling in the Santa Clara and San Mateo County areas, specializing in the high-end, luxury market, as well as commercial and multi-use real estate. Visit our website at Keystonesv.com for listings and information. You can contact Paul at 650-924-2544, or email at paul@keystonesv.com.

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