If you’re preparing your home for sale, you’re likely focusing on what the home looks like in the inside. This is important, but the first impression your home makes on the outside is equally important. Neglecting your home’s exterior could make it look uncared for and give buyers the wrong impression. Here are 5 ways you can improve curb appeal:
Give your yard some love.
Overgrown shrubs, weedy gardens and a dying lawn will not help attract buyers. In fact, it will make your home look unmaintained and buyers might think that maintenance has been neglected in other parts of the home as well. Clean up any leaves, debris or weeds from the yard. If your lawn has dead spots, try fertilizing and reseeding it. If that doesn’t work, you might have to replace the lawn.
The best landscapers in Edmonton can help replace that dead, spotty lawn by laying new sod. You can also plant new trees and shrubs and put in a small flower garden to bring some vibrant and attractive colour to your curb appeal. While they’re at it, ask the landscaping company to look at the slope of your yard. Over time it can start to slope towards your house. If this is the case, have them build up the grade of the yard before they lay new sod. This will prevent water from getting into your foundation and any serious buyers will be happy to have that job done for them already. For more tips, read more articles about landscapers.
Pressure wash the house, deck, walkways and driveway.
If you’re home is looking a little tired, it could just need a good wash. Dirt and dust can stick to siding and over the winter, your driveway and walkways can collect gravel, dirt and salt from the streets. Rent a pressure washer this spring and give your home’s exterior a good wash.
While you’re doing this, you might notice that some of your trim has peeling or chipping paint. Touch it up by sanding, priming and repainting the trim. It will give your home a fresh look and help enhance that curb appeal too.
Inspect and repair your gutters.
If you have damaged gutters, you should repair or replace them before putting your house up for sale. Little can make a home look shabbier than gutters hanging off the roof. At first glance, your home will seem like it’s in disrepair.
Worse than looking bad is the damage faulty gutters can cause to the home. Melting snow and water needs to be captured and brought away from your home through the downspouts. If it isn’t, it can start to pool and flood around your home and can eventually penetrate your foundation and make its way into your basement. This can cause serious water damage that is much more expensive to fix than replacing your gutters.
Learn how to repair gutters.