Now that we’re past Memorial Day and restrictions are easing a bit in both Delaware and Maryland, it’s a perfect time to talk about spring and summer related activities.
And while there are many in coastal Delaware (check out our May 28 Weekender blog for outdoor fun ideas), homeowners who have placed or will be placing their homes on the market have a different mindset entirely this time of year. And this is what we’ll be discussing today.
With a current shortage of homes for sale in the coastal region, it’s a great time to sell your home. So if you’ve been on the fence about doing so, this is a great opportunity to enter the market.
There are many factors to consider when taking this leap, however, and you should consult a trusted Realtor to get you off on the right foot. And one factor that is certainly front and center during the spring and summer months is curb appeal.
Many people are going to be out and about looking at homes when the weather is nice, so you’ll want your home and property looking the best. And when it comes to the outdoor portions of your property, there is perhaps no more important selling point than to have good curb appeal.
This includes basic ideas you likely already know, things like keeping your lawn cut and pruning your bushes regularly. But there are several other things you may not have thought of, which is what we’ll be going over today.
Let’s take a look at a few worthwhile curb appeal ideas and inspirations that will help your home and property shine:
Grab the Power!
To keep your home looking its best, it’s a good idea to give it a thorough power washing from time to time. And if you’re trying to sell your home, this will make a world of difference in its overall appearance.
Now this doesn’t mean you need to go out and purchase an expensive power washer to get the job done. There are plenty of companies that can take care of this task for you, or you can even rent a power washer from a local home improvement company or hardware store.
But power washing years of dirt off your home, porch and/or driveway can really help your home look like new again. And it will make a much better first impression to potential buyers.
Find the Right Feng Shui
You’ll want to find just the right balance when it comes to furniture in your outdoor living areas. Too little can make these spaces look neglected or little used, but they can also look cluttered if you have too much outdoor furniture scattered around.
What you want here is to find a good balance somewhere in between the two extremes. Make these outdoor areas look comfortable and inviting, as well as appealing to the eye.
But it’s not enough to put just the right amount of furniture in your outdoor living areas. You also want to make sure that whatever you use is clean and in good condition.
Play around with the area a bit and ask friends and neighbors for their thoughts before making a final decision. You never know what another set of eyes might notice that you could have missed.
Dress Up That Door
Putting a fresh coat of paint on your front door won’t cost you a whole lot, but you’d be surprised what a difference it can make when it comes to establishing a positive curb appeal.
This is one of the easiest home improvement projects you can take on, just be sure you pick a color that will mesh well with the rest of your front yard.
Bright colors are often best when it comes to doors, as it makes the front of your home more inviting to visitors. As long as it doesn’t clash with the rest of your home’s exterior, that is.
Obtaining a few swatches of paint from your local hardware store is always advisable, so you can test the waters before actually beginning the job. Then pick what you like best and make a day of it!
Achieving just the right symmetry is something that’s often overlooked by homeowners, and it can really show. You might not even realize the lack of symmetry until your home is for sale and potential buyers point it out during their tours of the home.
But this is another one of those things that’s easy and inexpensive to fix. It can be something as simple as placing matching lights or lanterns on either side of your front door, or matching plants on the steps leading into your home.
Creating a good amount of symmetry can make your home more pleasant and inviting, again scoring you points on that all-important first impression with potential buyers.
Play Mister Fix It
You’d be surprised how much even a tiny flaw can hurt your curb appeal and the first impression of your home. And most of these flaws are very easily fixed, so there’s really no reason to put them off.
These small projects can include replacing burned out light bulbs, or patching up chipped paint or ripped screens. While it may not seem like that big of a deal to you, these issues can really stand out for potential buyers during tours of your home.
If your home is listed for sale, walk around the property once a week or so and note anything that requires a quick fix. Then grab your tools, if needed, and take care of these issues.
You’ve likely put a lot of care into your home. Don’t let something very minor ruin an otherwise flawless exterior.
For many more tips on improving your home’s curb appeal, give the Oldfather Group a ring today at 302-260-2000. We have agents on staff with decades of experience in the local real estate markets, and they’d be happy to share their insights with you.
And be sure to have a great week here at the beautiful Delaware and Maryland beaches.