Are you running out of space or ready for a change of environment? The COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally changed the way we work and live. As a result, there is a lively residential real estate market. If you’re trying to sell your home and you want it to stand out, invest a few dollars into your property’s curb appeal. Here are 5 low-cost ways to make your home more visually appealing.

1. Mow the Lawn

The dream for many homeowners may not include a white picket fence and perfect lawn, but they definitely don’t want a weed jungle. The first thing a potential homeowner is going to notice is the condition of the exterior property. If all they see is dead grass and trees or an overgrown mess potential buyers will assume the inside is in equal disarray. As a result, they may not even stop to take a look. If you already have the equipment (lawnmower and trimmers), an afternoon of “hard labor” will help drum up the interest you’re looking for.

2. Clean the Windows

As I’ve alluded to already, the outside appearance of your home is going to send signals to a potential buyer. Paying attention to details on the outside will make a good first impression. It will lead a buyer to assume you pay the same level of attention to detail and care inside. Depending on the size of your home and your propensity to climb a ladder, cleaning the windows will only take a few hours of sweat equity. The work you put in will pay dividends when you list your home. If you’re not so keen on doing it yourself, a window washer will cost about $15 per window or roughly $300 for a typical 2000 square foot home.

3. Paint the Front Door

The front door is the centerpiece of your home, literally. It will play a huge part in creating a positive first impression for potential buyers. Painting the front door and changing out any worn hardware will make the entryway pop, and tell buyers to come on it. For those of you that feel comfortable painting yourself, the cost of refinishing a front door should be about $15 for paint. Those of us that need help should expect to pay about $150 -$200 per door. If your home has window shutters or a garage door, consider painting those as well.

4. Buy a New Doormat

Buying a new doormat seems like small potatoes, but it can actually make a big difference. Preparing your home for sale is about marketing. A rundown doormat says that this house had a lot of traffic in and out leading potential buyers to start thinking about the condition of the floors. Even if you have beautifully restored wood floors, you don’t want to give a buyer any reason to start looking for issues. For a $35 investment, a new doormat can add new life to an entryway and give potential buyers a “good feeling” before they step inside.

5. Cover up any eyesores

Once you’ve completed the big projects, take a walk around the outside of your home and make a list of any eyesores your find. Some common issues are:

  • Exposed air conditioning units,
  • Faded or dilapidated mailboxes,
  • Missing or damaged house numbers, and
  • Rust stains on the walls
  • .

All of these issues can be easily fixed with a coat of paint or hidden to improve your home’s curb appeal.

You don’t necessarily need to break the bank to improve your home’s curb appeal. Completing small repairs and putting up a new coat of paint goes a long way to make your house more inviting to potential buyers. Every dollar you invest in these upgrades will pay dividends when your house goes on the market.

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