First impressions matter, especially when trying to sell your Westfield home. Attention needs to be focused on your home's exterior as well as its interior. A few changes make a huge difference and won't cost you an arm and a leg. These simple projects increase curb appeal as well as your home's value. And any of them can be finished over the course of a weekend.
Simple Projects to Increase Curb Appeal and Home Value
Give Your Exterior a Face Lift
Is your Westfield home's exterior looking a little tired? Increase your curb appeal by refreshing a few basics. Replace the concrete walkway with a beautiful curving stone path. Add a couple flowering bushes and plant beautiful blooming flowers. Use mulch to cover your flower bed instead of ugly dirt. Install flower boxes on windows or porch railings. Add a peaceful water feature to your front porch.
Trim Those Trees
Another easy way to increase curb appeal is to trim your trees. Yes, they provide great shade during hot summer months. But, if you can't see your house, how do you expect buyers to see it? Get rid of any dead trees and shrubbery. Some trees that appear to be dying can actually be saved by performing a little pruning and fertilization. Your best bet is to talk to a professional.
Take Care of Your Lawn
Yet another simple project to increase curb appeal is to take care of your lawn. Aerate, fertilize and reseed it if necessary. Keep grass cut between 1/2" to 1" in height. Too low and you allow weeds to take root and flourish. Too high and it looks shabby. Rake up any leaves and get rid of any weeds as they happen. Proper maintenance creates a welcoming environment for potential buyers later.
Build That Deck
Finally, decks create a homey feel everyone desires in their Westfield home. They also make your front yard much more appealing. After you're through, add some nice chairs, an accent table, and some pretty cushions to make it even more attractive.
All of these simple projects reap great rewards in the form of increased curb appeal as well as a higher home value. Whether you wish to sell your Westfield home soon or are contemplating doing it later, add these projects to your weekend routine over the next few weeks. You'll be very happy you did.
Originally posted on my Westfield area luxury homes real estate blog here: http://www.luxuryhomesnj.com/home-improvement/increase-curb-appeal-home-value/.