Every time someone comes to view your home, the first impression is made by what is happening outside of the four walls. To assist in giving your home’s showings the initial impact they deserve, here are some inexpensive ways to improve the curb appeal of your Los Angeles house when listing.
Start with the Fundamentals
While it’s likely you have been spending time deep cleaning the interior of your home, paying the same level of attention to the exterior will be a big help later on.
A power washer will be your best friend while cleaning your home’s siding, but be sure to clean your gutters, windows, and any fencing while you’re at it. To complete the power washing-package, do the same for your driveway, walkways, and sidewalks.
Having all of the dirt and grime removed from each of these surfaces will make an immediate difference.
Put on a Fresh Coat
With everything sparkling clean, now is the excellent opportunity to repaint any areas of the exterior that are beginning to look a little shabby.
At the bare minimum, we suggest a fresh coat or two on the front door. Take this as an opportunity to get creative in your color choice, but play it safe since you’re looking to sell in the near future. Additionally, wood siding and shutters will pop with the same treatment.
Be sure that all areas appear even in their care so nothing sticks out as subpar, or you may accidentally raise suspicion in your potential buyers.
Dress Things up
Now, to add some extra oomph is to bring in the details and improve the curb appeal of your property.
Some little things that can help flesh out any porch include a new doormat, house numbers, and potted plants. A final possible suggestion is to replace your mailbox with a newer model that may better match the style of your home.
Don’t be afraid to dream big and scale back to what’s financially reasonable for your circumstances. If you have any questions about what additions would make the most sense for your home, do not hesitate to consult with your agent.
Create an Atmosphere
To give the whole package a further facelift, updated exterior and landscape lighting up the ante considerably.
Purchasing outdoor furniture to stage a deck or patio is another option to add perceived value for anyone doing a walkthrough of your for-sale property. A final touch that could be a major boon is planting a tree. Popular choices of trees that add color to your landscaping would be red maple, crape myrtle, and the classic boxwood.
When choosing your tree, take into account your local climate, and it’s always a great idea to enlist the help of a nearby landscape nursery.
Keep It Clean
An easy bit to overlook is the general state of your landscaping.
Maintaining your lawn by cutting it regularly is a large part of this, but there’s more to maximizing your home’s curb appeal through landscaping. Trimming any unmanicured shrubs is a spectacular place to start, but the real improvement comes from giving some consideration to revitalizing any planters. You can rescue planters from the depths of despair by removing any existing mulch and weed barrier and replacing both.
The key to curb appeal when it comes to landscaping is maintaining it all the way up until closing. Some work upfront will do most of the heavy lifting, but don’t let it slide during open houses and inspections.