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Top Curb Appeal Tips for Home Sellers

Catch the eyes of potential buyers with these curb appeal tips.

Even in a market that favors sellers, you still want to put your best foot forward when it comes time to list your home for sale. Doing some relatively simple things to up your home’s curb appeal can really capture the attention of potential buyers, whether they are looking at your house online or in person.

The goal is to draw the buyer from the curb to the front door (or in some cases, the virtual front door). The more potential buyers you can attract to your home, the higher the chances that you’ll end up with a great offer.

Let’s get into the tips!

Outdoor Cleaning

Let’s start with the siding. When someone sees your house, the siding is one of the first things they’ll notice. If the siding looks great, that makes for a great first impression. We highly recommend cleaning the siding with a pressure washer. If you don’t own one, a lot of big box stores rent them. Or you could consider hiring someone to do it. The goal with pressure washing is to remove dirt and debris to help the siding look its best. After the siding is clean, you’ll be able to more clearly see if there are any spots that need painting or other touch-ups/fixes.

Windows are also key to curb appeal. Wash the exterior (and interior) of all your windows. Be careful if you need to get up on a ladder. Or, if you can’t climb, maybe there’s a family member or friend who would be willing to help.

Finally, as long as you have that pressure washer, you might consider pressure washing walkways or driveways. It takes a lot of time, but it can really make a difference.

Exterior Maintenance

When it comes to exterior maintenance, one way to do it is to start from the top down.

How does your roof look? You at least want to make sure there are no leaks or gaps, which you can do by replacing shingles where necessary. If the roof has bigger issues, you might want to think about replacing it.

Right under your roof are the gutters. Clean and straighten them. And don’t forget about the downspouts. If they downspouts are beaten up, consider replacing them – they are generally inexpensive.

Next, you may want to repaint the areas that see the most wear, including:

  • Trim
  • Shutters
  • Railings
  • Decks and porches

Nearly every home will benefit from painting these surfaces, and doing so is usually inexpensive. You’d be surprised what a fresh coat of paint can do!

Finally, look at the walkways and driveway. Are they in good shape, or are they cracked badly enough that they might need repair?

The Yard

Your yard makes a big impression, and it all starts with the lawn itself.

  • Fill in any problem areas with new sod.
  • Water your lawn to keep it lush.
  • Mow your yard often.

Beyond the lawn, think about other greenery. In-ground flowers or potted plants make a landscape look lush. Similarly, if you have existing gardens or other areas that have old looking mulch, head to the store and buy some bags of new mulch to fill it in.

The Little Finishing Touches

With the big stuff out of the way, you can concentrate on some smaller, fun items. Consider upgrading or at least cleaning all of the following:

  • Doorbells
  • Door knockers
  • House numbers
  • Mailboxes
  • Mail slots
  • Light fixtures

Get More Curb Appeal Tips

For more great curb appeal ideas, check out our previous article on this topic. And, you can always get in touch with one of our friendly Minnesota real estate agents. They all have great ideas on how to help any home look its best!

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