When selling (flipping or not) a house, curb appeal is extremely important. One might think that curb appeal means planting some flowers and mowing the grass, but every inch of the exterior needs to be addressed. If you’re in the same boat as me and trying to sell a house, a few things to consider when creating curb appeal:
- Are your gutters clean?
- Do you have new mulch in the flower beds? (see my post about mulch here)
- Have you weeded the flower beds?
- Trim trees
- Keep lawn mowed weekly, rake grass clippings and leaves
- Hang a wreath on the door- it creates a cozy entrance. (see my DIY wreath post here)
- Could your front door use a new coat of paint?
- Place a new, vibrantly colored door mat on the porch.
- Hang an American flag. Catches a buyer’s attention every time.
- Wash your windows (indoor and outside)
- Add new flower pots (or repaint old ones) with vibrantly colored annuals (my post about flower pots & exterior staging can be found here)
- Create charm by hanging shutters (post about my DIY cedar shutters here)
- Power wash your driveway, sidewalk, and garage door
I recently tackled the last item on my list. My driveway and sidewalk is 40 years old and sits under mature trees. Dirt, sap, oil, and other crap had accumulated over the decades. My driveway was literally black. Regardless of what I do to the interior, that first image will detract buyers.
A family friend helped me power wash. It took several hours because of the sidewalks, but the results were phenomenal! If you don’t own a power washer, they can be rented. I strongly suggest doing that, especially if you own an older home.
This picture is an in-process pic. There is a distinct difference between what had been power washed. Power washing makes a dramatic impact for virtually no cost (unless you rent a power washer).
The cement looks fresh and clean. Buyers will appreciate the curb appeal because of a little power washing.