If you are preparing to put your home up for sale, or have already listed it, you may want to make changes to the exterior of your home. When a potential buyer pulls up to your home, they see the exterior, and this gives them their first impression of your home. If the exterior is in poor condition or bland, they may think the same of the inside of your home. They may decline to even look inside or their opinion may already be tainted. If money is tight, you may wonder what you can do to improve the curb appeal of your home. Fortunately, there are many things you can do with a small budget to make the exterior more enticing when your home is for sale. Here are a few of those things.
Pressure Wash Your Home's Exterior
Pressure washing the outside of your home can instantly clean and brighten your home up. If you do not own a pressure washer, one can be rented at most home improvement stores. Pressure wash the exterior of the home, the sidewalk and driveway, and your windows to remove years worth or caked on dirt, dust, and debris. This can make things look cleaner, fresher, newer, and brighter. However, be careful that you use the correct settings when using a pressure washer. If the setting is too high, you can damage your home.
Tend to Your Landscaping
When you are trying to sell your home, be sure to tend to your landscaping. However, trimming the grass is not enough. Trim back overgrown trees and bushes. Remove weeds from your flower beds and plant colorful flowers in the bed. Take the time to edge your lawn. If your budget allows, consider laying new mulch and placing planters near the front door. It is amazing how your front yard can be transformed simply by tending to many of the landscaping tasks that people often don't have time for.
Make Your Door a Focal Point
The last way you can inexpensively update the exterior of your home is to make your entry door the focal point of your home. The buyer will be looking at this door as they walk up to your home and enter the space. Therefore, you want to make sure the door is a focal point, in a good way. You can inexpensively paint the door to give it new life. You can update the hardware on the door. Or you can throw a new seasonal wreath on the door to add charm and character. All of these items are inexpensive and can make your door more inviting to potential buyers.
When you are getting your home ready to sell, you may spend the bulk of your money updating the interior. However, the exterior of your home needs some love as well. Fortunately, you do not have to spend a lot to spruce up the outside and make a huge impact. Pressure washing your home and concrete surfaces, making your entryway door a focal point, and tending to neglected landscaping can all have a positive impact, yet are relatively inexpensive.