Creating a first impression doesn’t just apply to people, it applies to your house if you have it listed for sale. How can you make it shine affordably so that when buyers drive up, they love the look?
Fresh paint adds an inexpensive facelift to any home, even if you just do touch up. Be sure to coordinate colors between trim and masonry, even harmonizing with the landscape. While you’re at it, if the driveway, masonry and sidewalks are dingy, rent a power washer for $100 or less and revive your hardscapes.
Walking up to a gorgeous front door scores big. If your front door needs refinishing, whether it’s paint or stain, do it. Add a wreath with seasonal flowers for an extra touch. Greeting buyers with a handsome front door adds a welcoming “wow” factor.
A fresh welcome mat is an inexpensive way to dress up the front porch and will look great under that freshly painted front door.
The garage door, if it is visible from the street, needs to be attractive. Give it a coat of fresh paint and remove any dings, so that it’s an asset, not a liability. Be sure any windows are clean.
House numbers and the mailbox should be replaced if they are old or the numbers aren’t legible.
Accent lighting, even though it won’t be visible by day, adds a classy touch when projected onto the architectural features of the home or when it highlights attractive landscaping. Solar-powered lights, purchased at a warehouse club, are affordable. Regular light fixtures over the front porch and the driveway should be replaced if they are dated or dingy. String lights over your backyard living space to add a festive look.
Accessorize your front porch with the homey charm of rocking chairs or a small two-seater bench, if you have the room. A large pot with overflowing flowers brightens the walk-up appeal.