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8 Tips to Boost Curb Appeal for Your House for Sale by Andrew Stratton

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8 Tips to Boost Curb Appeal for Your House for Sale

Your home's exterior is the first thing potential buyers will see when they arrive and can make a significant first impression. There are numerous ways you can increase curb appeal without spending a fortune. Here's a look at some simple upgrades you can make when you have a house for sale.

1. Paint the Front Door

Give your front door a fresh splash of color to welcome potential buyers into your abode. Consider a brilliant blue-green hue, a sunny yellow, a classic red, or some other bold color that will give your property a unique feel. When you have a house for sale, easy fixes like this can quickly catch the interest of homebuyers.

2. Replace Old Hardware

If your front door has been sporting the same hardware for over a decade, it may be time for a replacement. Consider changing the lockset and house numbers so that they all match and provide increased aesthetic appeal. If you have a wall-mounted mailbox, have it replaced with one that better complements the updated hardware.

3. Edge the Driveway

Add edging to your driveway to create crisp, clean lines and a finished look. There are numerous options for edging materials, such as bricks, stone, and pavers. Edging can be installed in the ground for a leveled look, or installed on top of the ground for an elevated look.

4. Install Outdoor Lighting

Outdoor lighting is a must-have feature that adds safety, security, and appeal to the exterior of a home. If you have a house for sale, be sure that you offer an array of lighting options, such as an overhead porch light, accent lighting that illuminates a walking path, and lighting around the perimeter of the home.

5. Plant Flowers

Flowers are an inexpensive way to add splashes of vibrant color. Flowers can be hung from hooks near the front porch, planted in raised garden beds, or placed in ceramic pots displayed on the steps. Choose a variety of colors and textures to make a big impact on your home's exterior.

6. Display Outdoor Art

Weather-resistant artwork can give your yard unique appeal. Sculptures, birdbaths, and wind chimes are just a few examples of yard art that can add beauty to your home. When choosing outdoor artwork, keep it simple and minimalistic to avoid making your yard appear cluttered.

7. Update the Garage Doors

If you have a garage, the doors may be in need of an update. Garage doors are available in steel, wood, and fiberglass in a wide range of colors and styles. Replacing your garage doors can also boost your garage's energy efficiency. If you're not able to replace the doors, give them a fresh coat of paint and new hardware.

8. Add Window Shutters

If the outside of your home is looking a little bland, consider adding shutters to the windows for an instant enhancement. Exterior shutters can be made of vinyl, aluminum, wood, fiberglass, or composite, depending on your budget and personal style tastes. Most modern shutters are fixed and require little to no maintenance.

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