Updated: 04/08/2019 3:55 PM | Print Story |  Email

Curb Appeal

Simple things you can do to boost your curb appeal and make a great 1st impression when selling your home.  Daniel and Julie Desrocher of Desrocher Realty Group offers their tips.
Dress up your front Door
•    If your door is looking weathered or blah consider painting it
•    If you want to add a pop of color to your home this may be the place to do it. Pick a color that accentuates and enhances the house, something that pops you want the front door to be a focal point
•    Update the door hardware. Replace with brand new, updated handle and lock.  If you are going to keep your old hardware, make sure it does not stick when opening. We often get to a house and have to spend a couple minutes trying to get the door unlocked because either the lock or handle sticks, not a good first impression for the buyers.
•    Add a nice door mat and possibly a wreath to the door. It does not have to be Christmas to put up a wreath.

Clean up your landscaping
•    Prune, weed and plant new flowers in your garden beds. Add new mulch to restore color.
•    Clean up edging and replace damaged edging, consider replacing plastic edging with stone or brick.
•    Plant some trees
•    Plant flowers in garden beds to add some color
•    Make sure to keep up on mowing and watering your lawn while your home is on the market. Will have to do it more often than you usually do.
**** Do not leave our lawn ornaments, personal items or leave anything too cluttered looking. Garden Gnomes need to be removed!

Update your lighting and house numbers
•    This is an easy and inexpensive way to update the exterior of your home
•    Lighting and house numbers seem to wear faster than other things, they easily looked tarnished and old
•    So many affordable options to purchase new exterior lighting. Visit websites like wayfair.com and build.com and they have lots of options under $60/$70. Look for fixtures that have the same mounting system.
•    If you don’t want to spend the money on new fixtures you can often times paint your old fixtures. All you need is some painters tape and a can of spray paint.
•    New house numbers are very inexpensive and can make a big difference. If you are handy consider making a decorative background to mount them on.
•    Also consider adding landscape lighting to help illuminate walkways and focal points at night.

General exterior cleanup and maintenance.
•    When it’s your own home you often don’t pay attention to all the little things that have been neglected.
•    Common items we see that need attention and repair are:
o    Paint touch ups
o    Driveway cracks or driveway needing to be resealed and coated.
o    Dilapidated mailbox
o    Clean cobwebs and debris of your home, power wash it to get rid of built up dirt and mildew.
o    Power wash or re-stain/paint your deck
o    Roof: Is it missing shingles, is their staining? If it’s stained we have a company that will come out and do a softwash of the roof that often times removes those stains.
•    These things are often hard to see when it’s your home. Walk around your house as if you were a buyer or have a friend or realtor out to give you their opinion.
*** For showings do not leave cars parked in the driveway or moving pods. Suggests that the garage is not big enough and a pod suggest that there is not enough storage in the house

Add potted plants/flowers or flower boxes to dress up the exterior of your home
•    Easy way to add interest and color
•    2 Pots flanking the front door is a great way to draw the eye to the front door
•    If you don’t have room for planters you could try some hanging plants.
•    Widow boxes are a great way to add interest to the front of your home and can be purchased or you can DIY them pretty easily.
•    Worried about having to plant flowers in the pots and making it look good. Buy already planted flower pots at your local garden store or somewhere like Lowes of Home Depot.
*****Do not plant artificial plants! If it is not the right time of the year to plant flowers. Plant some winter greenery in your planters instead!