As you may know, curb appeal refers to how your property looks from the
street, where potential buyers first see it. Your home’s curb appeal can have
a big impact on the sale of your property. In fact, it’s not uncommon for a
buyer to drive by a listing, rather than stop, because they don’t like what they
So, how can you improve your home’s curb appeal quickly? One way is to do
some outside cleaning.
Start with the main entryway. Wash down the front door and sweep (or power
wash) the front steps. It only takes a few minutes but you’d be surprised by
the impact it can have. Sweep or power wash your walkway too and you’ll
improve the overall look of your home — sometimes dramatically.
Clean your front windows to brighten the look of your home’s facade. It
doesn’t have to be an arduous chore. In fact, there are washing products
available that attach to your garden hose. You don’t even need a ladder! Ask
your local home improvement retailer for recommendations.
If you have hedges and scrubs, give them a trim. To keep your trimming level,
use a wide board, or even a piece of cardboard, then cut to the desired
height. Pull off any dead leaves or branches. Of course, also mow the lawn!
Finally, inspect your property from the street. Can you see anything else you
can do to quickly improve the look? Do you notice anything that is unsightly or
distracting, such as garbage bins that could be relocated?
One final tip: When a viewing is scheduled, remove your vehicles from the
driveway. Buyers like to see an empty driveway because it helps them
imagine themselves living there. It also gives them a convenient place to