When selling your home, presentation is key—and presentation begins at the front door. That’s why curb appeal is one of the most important things to consider when selling your home.
A clean, well-maintained entrance can go a long way toward establishing a positive first impression. And that great first impression sets the tone for the rest of a buyer’s tour of your home. Small and inexpensive updates to your home’s curb appeal can really make a big difference when selling a home.
When the leaves begin falling and shadows lengthen, curb appeal can be difficult to maintain. Here are three cheap and easy ways to improve your cold-weather curb appeal.
1. Add a potted plant to the porch.
When your landscaping begins to fade with the season, punch up your home’s curb appeal by adding potted plants to the porch. Seasonal colors like vibrant mums, fall edibles, or other native plants will make your entrance look fresh and lively. To keep plants looking great all winter, consider pulling the pot inside on cold nights.
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2. Place a fresh coat of paint on the front door.
Your front door is the more than the entrance to your home. It’s the key to your home’s curb appeal. Refresh the door wreath and mat, especially if they’re seasonal designs. Install flood lights or lanterns to brighten the front door. And add a fresh coat of paint to the door. Consider a bold or cheery color, especially one that sets the tone for your home’s interior design.
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3. Sweep leaves and cobwebs away before each showing.
Fall colors look great on your trees, but become a big eyesore as soon as the leaves hit the ground. Clear gutters and downspouts of debris. Keep the front porch and walkways swept, and don’t forget to look up, as well. If you can’t pressure wash your home and window, make sure to at least sweep away dust and grime as often as you can.
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Are You Ready to Channel Your Inner Buyer?
Before you put up a “for sale” sign, take a walk across the street. Look at your house, then walk up to the front door, stand at the front door for two minutes, and make notes of everything you notice. Most buyers will typically wait with their real estate agent while the agent endeavors to open the front door. That means they spend a good bit of time in that small space forming opinions about the rest of the house.
Many things can contribute to curb appeal: the landscaping around the house, the quality of the paint job, and perhaps most important of all, the front door that serves as the front entryway to your home.
Does your home have cold-weather curb appeal?
All real estate is local. In order to make confident real estate decisions, we believe it is important for you to have timely and neighborhood-specific information. If you would like more information about preparing your home for sale, our experts at Beverly-Hanks are here to help. Contact us today to speak with a Beverly-Hanks real estate agent about selling homes and land in Western North Carolina.
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