Suzanne Plewes, RE/MAX Alliance in Loveland

Suzanne Plewes, RE/MAX Alliance in Loveland

LOVELAND – If you’re looking to sell your home, then curb appeal should be something that you pay close attention to. Buyers have been known to drive by properties before deciding whether to schedule a showing. Curb appeal can therefore make a big difference in the number of buyers who express interest in your home. Here are a few things that you can do to quickly and easily boost your home’s curb appeal.

Clean up
It sounds simple, but cleaning up can really go a long way. Keep your lawn mowed, clean edging lines, trim bushes and hedges, sweep walkways, etc. These small efforts will make your landscaping look neat and well cared for, which immediately improves the curb appeal.

Give your home a wash
Over the fall and winter months, your doors, windows, and siding can get a bit dirty. A quick wash can make it look clean and new. For siding, make sure you use a setting that won’t damage the surface and cause water to get behind the siding material. Doors and windows normally need to be cleaned by hand. Usually a simple solution of soap and water will do the trick!

Add a fresh coat of paint
Sometimes cleaning surfaces won’t do the trick, but a fresh coat of paint will! Give some thought to your color choices as color can be as important as anything else. If you’re not sure what siding/door/porch combinations work best, take a drive and look at other homes in your area. Your front door should pop with a color that compliments your home. Your porch should be more of a subtle color (since porches don’t need to be the focal point). A fresh coat of paint can often make your home look like new.

Add plants
It’s amazing what plants can do to make the front of your home appear inviting. Adding plants to either side of your door can help frame the entry way. If you have a farmer’s porch, hanging plants along the width of the porch can add a pop of color to an otherwise broad and simple space. A colorful wreath on the door can also be a nice touch. Think about colors and textures and find the right balance to perfectly frame your entryway and invite visitors inside.

Add furniture and other décor
Staging isn’t just for the interior of the home anymore. It’s equally important to stage the front and other exterior spaces of your home. If you have a porch, consider adding seating and maybe a side table. Think about doormats, signs, and other decorative pieces. The amount and types of décor will depend on how much space you have in front of your home. You’ll want it to look welcoming but spacious, so be careful not to overdo it!

Other ways to prepare for your home’s sale
Curb appeal is just one of many important ways to prepare your home for sale this Spring. With the right preparation and guidance, your home will be well positioned to sell quickly and for maximum market value.

By Suzanne Plewes, RE/MAX Alliance in Loveland. Suzanne is a broker associate at RE/MAX Alliance. Write to 750 W. Eisenhower Blvd., Loveland, CO 80537, call 970.290.0373 or e-mail suzanneplewes@remax.net.