Trying to sell a home can be a challenging feat—even in a seller’s market. You may have sunk thousands of dollars into updating your kitchen, the bathrooms, and all of your appliances, but your house still might not sell. That could be because 71% of buyers won’t even step inside a home if it has no curb appeal. In fact, good landscaping can add as much as 14% to the resale value. So, what should you do outside to get buyers to look inside? Here are some tips.
Nothing looks worse to potential buyers than a dirty exterior. Power wash your siding, deck, patio, sidewalk, and driveway. You should also paint or stain your deck and fencing if they’re fading. Overgrown shrubbery and trees can hide or even dwarf your home. Be sure to trim them regularly so that your yard looks tidy and your home stands out. Remove any dead trees or plants, as well. Weed, water, and add mulch to your flower beds. New mulch can keep your plants healthy, fill in bare spots, and make a home look well-cared for. You should also keep up with mowing the lawn or removing snow and ice—hire someone to mow, shovel, or plow for you if you can’t do it yourself.
One of the most sought after features in a home nowadays is fencing. Fencing can add privacy, increase security, and improve the overall appearance of your home. You might think fencing will cost too much, but there are actually several affordable fence types and configurations to choose from. You can go with wood, aluminum, vinyl, or chain-link. Fencing professionals can help you choose a material that won’t break your budget and that will enhance your yard. You don’t have to put fencing around your entire yard either. Have low, white picket fence installation around your front yard to give your home a welcoming, cottage look. Or, have a fence company create partial fencing around a garden or a small enclosure around a patio. Whatever you choose, you can expect a boost in curb appeal and at least a 65% return on your investment.
Add Some Color
If your home’s exterior and yard are dull and lacking color, add some. Buyers can be scared off by a drab looking façade, so use colorful potted plants, seasonal flowers, or bright patio furniture to spruce things up. Paint or stain your existing deck or fencing to make them look less tired. You can also add brightly colored outdoor rugs, pillows, and throws to seating areas. Try using a mix of blues for a coastal feel; yellows for a farmhouse; red for a traditional home; or light pink for a feminine touch. You can also brighten things up with good outdoor lighting. Replace any burnt-out bulbs, use the proper wattage, and add some ambient lighting, such as deck lights, string lights, lanterns, or candles.
Get a Water Feature
While not everyone has the room or the budget for a swimming pool, adding or cleaning up existing water features can make your home seem more serene and inviting. If you are lucky enough to have a pool, make sure it’s clean and in working order. Put out some lounge chairs, a bar cart, and a few umbrellas to showcase the area. You can build your own small pond or fountain complete with fish if you have agreeable weather. A simple tabletop fountain or birdbath can also improve your outdoor space by creating soothing sounds or drawing wildlife to your yard.
It should go without saying that your outdoor faucets, lights, handrails, and doors should be in good working order if you’re trying to sell your home. If a buyer comes by and sees leaky spigots, broken stairs, or if the doorknob comes off in their hand when they try to enter, they won’t stick around to see the rest of the home. They will assume that everything has been neglected. Be sure to make the necessary repairs beforehand.
If you’re having trouble selling your home, try some of these curb appeal boosting tips. The problem might just be outside your home rather than inside.