What images come to mind when you think about selling your house?  Odds are you picture a lot of closet purging, decluttering, reorganizing and deep cleaning to prepare your home for showings.  You may even consider hiring a stager to make the space more appealing. 

It’s natural to want to do everything possible to the inside of your house in order maximize your selling potential.  After all, it’s where we spend most of our time when we’re not away. However, the outside of your home is what makes the first impression, and ignoring your exterior property when preparing to sell could be a big mistake.  Here are six ways to boost your curb appeal for a quicker sale.

  1. Clean Up - When the outside of your house and yard look well-kept and beautiful, buyers will be excited to see the inside, too!  If this is the only step you take, it’s the most important.  Take a Saturday afternoon and throw away any extra junk.  Organize the garage.  Remove almost everything from the front of the house except potted plants and outdoor furniture. Potential buyers should be able to envision their belongings in and around your home.
  2. Add Plants -  Mow the lawn and spruce up the landscaping – trim bushes, rake leaves and remove brown foliage from old plants. Pull weeds, and spread new mulch for the areas around plantings and trees. The contrast really makes your lawn and plants pop!  Consider potted plants and hanging baskets of flowers around the entryway to your home. 
  3. Slap on a New Coat of Paint -  At $25 a gallon, new paint is an inexpensive way to freshen up your home’s exterior and make it shine.  Go with a neutral shade.  If time or budget is an issue, get paint to match the color on the house and paint only the front and trim.  Pick a bold and well-coordinated color for the front door.  This will give the house an instant facelift, and buyers will feel a sense of newness. 
  4. Put a Little Light on the Subject – Replace all exterior lighting with dusk to dawn LED lights.  Brighten walkways and garden beds with solar garden lamps.  (You can take these with you, or gift them to the buyer!)
  5. Switch Out the Hardware – In addition to painting your front door, get some updated hardware.  A dark door knocker and handle/ knob will really pop on a light-finished door, while brass or chrome on a dark door looks rich and elegant.  Whatever finish you pick for the door hardware, use the same for new house numbers, doorbell and mailbox. 
  6. Stage the Area – Make the front of your home as inviting as the interior by staging it, too.  Consider adding:
  • Bistro chairs and table
  • Pair of Adirondack chairs with pillow and a throw blanket
  • Rocking chair or porch swing
  • Seasonal wreath
  • New doormat
  • Potted/hanging plants

When you decide to sell your home, you’ll be sure to attract more buyers when you go the extra mile and create a welcoming and attractive exterior.  If you’re not sure where to start, browse some design catalogs and magazines, or look online for some up-to-date inspiration.  Follow the trends and copy the pros!