It’s not just how your house looks on the inside that make the sale. Here are some home exterior ideas that will WOW prospective buyers as soon as they drive up!
If you’re selling your home as an as-is condition fixer-upper, you probably don’t care what it looks like, as long as you get rid of it. And that’s fine! Investors and young couples are always looking for houses they can get cheap and fix up themselves.
But if you want top dollar for your home, especially if you’re fixing it up to flip it, you definitely want to increase the resale value to get as much as possible return on the investment.
And that means starting from the outside…
Home Exterior Ideas That Say Curb Appeal
It’s Open House day. Buyers are driving up and taking a look. Most of the time, before they even go near the front door, they’re going to take a good look at the outside of the house first.
Or, more than likely, shoppers are going online first, so the photos of your property had better have curb appeal or they may not even look at the indoor photos and just skip over your house completely.
Before you even take those photos and put that house on the market, you may want to look at some of these critical home exterior ideas that will make people want to see more.
Picture Perfect Landscaping
If you’re selling a city row house, you might think there’s not much you can do as far as landscaping, especially if there’s no lawn to speak of in the front. Well, you’re wrong.
These home exterior ideas work for city row homes too!
While you may not have any type of yard or even a patch of lawn out front, you can still add some curb appeal. Simply fill a couple of flowerpots with some colorful blooms and place them on each side of the steps or doorway.
If you have a front lawn, make sure it’s neatly groomed and edged. If you have bushes or flowers in a front garden, be sure to get rid of any weeds or dead foliage.
The Front Door
The front door of your home says a lot about the property and about the seller. You want the front door to stand out in online photos, but you also want it to appeal to buyers are they come up to the front of the house.
If the house already has a high quality door installed, it may just need some freshening up. A new coat of paint or a good cleaning can do a lot. You may want to install new hardware if the doorknobs are worn or the hinges are loose.
Along with the front door itself, if the house has a screen door, make sure the screen isn’t ripped or rusty looking.
If the doors on your house are relatively beyond repair, install an inexpensive new door and screen door with new hardware.
Home Exterior Ideas for Painting, Siding and Brick Houses
If the paint or siding on your house is chipped or faded, you may want to spend a little to update those features. The investment is relatively small compared to what it will add to the resale value of your home.
If there aren’t any chips or cracks in the exterior, you can probably get away with doing a good pressure wash on the outside to give it more life and be more inviting to prospective buyers.
Yes, you can pressure wash a brick house too to clean it up and give it more appeal. If you decide on pressure washing the brick exterior, just be careful that you don’t ruin the mortar between the bricks or you could make things worse.
You can add more depth and character to the house by installing decorative shutters next to the windows too. If the house already has shutters, make sure they’re in good condition, not faded, broken or chipped.
If they’re only faded, give them a facelift with a fresh coat of paint that matches the exterior door.
Install New Windows and Shutters
A lot of older homes still have single-pane windows. Eventually the seals wear and may start leaking.
If the house already has newer, energy-efficient windows, check to make sure they open and close easily, the locks still work and the screens are still in good condition.
Post Inspired by Alex Smith, RE/MAX of Reading