Angie's List shows us how to stage the exterior of your home and make it stand out from the rest of the block.
First impressions are everything, and that's no different for our homes. Having great curb appeal will add value to your home, whether it is on the market or you plan to stay forever. Your home's interior is important when selling a home, but it's the exterior that helps get potential buyers in the door.
"If you are on a budget and you don't want to spend money on this project the good news is that it can be very do-it-yourself," said Angie's List owner Angie Hicks. "So step across the street and look at your house from a distance and think about ways that you can make it look clean and simplify it. Then those are projects you can tackle whether it's weeding flower beds, painting the front door. It's the little things that make the difference."
Start with a clean house. Power-washing the exterior is a great way to remove any dirt, grime and moss. All of the windows should be clear and sparkling. And revamp the yard: You can't sell a home if it can't be seen so trim, prune and shape all trees and shrubs. Plant some colorful flowers and cover bare spots in the grass with seed or sod.
"I had my house for sale and the people who bought my house actually said to me "we were driving down the street and we saw your home and my wife said that's the one I want!," said real estate agent Mike Puckett. "Without ever seeing the inside, that's the one. It was because it was staged for my pleasure and for people in the neighborhood, but also to help sell the home."
Don't forget the details. Everything from the mailbox and street numbers, to the door knob and the door knocker all impact the overall impression from the curb.
Angie's List also recommends freshening the paint. If your home's exterior paint is chipping, peeling or faded, it's unlikely you'll be able to get what you think is the full asking price from a buyer.