When you’re selling a home, your Aspen REALTOR® will most likely talk to you about creating spectacular curb appeal. That’s because prospective buyers start forming an impression of your home as soon as they pull up at the curb – and you want that impression to be a good one. Check out these keys to front yard curb appeal that you can put into practice before you even list your home on the market.
The Five Keys to Front Yard Curb Appeal
When you want to improve your home’s front yard curb appeal, tackle these tasks:
- Replace old, worn or tired hardware
- Dress up your front door
- Freshen up your porch seating
- Install new outdoor lighting
- Give your mailbox a makeover
Here’s a closer look at each.
Front Yard Curb Appeal Tip #1: Replace Old, Worn or Tired Hardware
The elements can really do a number on your outdoor hardware – so before you list your home for sale, consider replacing anything that’s seen better days. That might include:
- Hinges or the handle on your front gate
- Your doorknob
- House numbers
- Light fixtures on the porch
Front Yard Curb Appeal Tip #2: Dress Up Your Front Door
You can make your front door a focal point on your home by giving it a fresh coat of paint. It doesn’t have to be fire-engine red or any other “notice-me” color – but it should look clean and crisp, serving as a perfect complement to your home’s architectural style. You may also need to have the trim repainted.
Pro Tip: Although painting a front door seems easy when you see it on television, remember that drips and other mistakes can look sloppy to prospective buyers. If you doubt your ability to paint your front door or window trim, it’s a good idea to hire a contractor who can do it for you.
Front Yard Curb Appeal Tip #3: Freshen Up Your Porch Seating
Make your porch look warm, welcoming and inviting by upgrading seating. A small, café-style table is a wonderful touch if you don’t already have patio furniture. If you do already have patio furniture, consider investing in new cushions or sprucing things up with outdoor throw pillows to make it appear even more comfortable.
Front Yard Curb Appeal Tip #4: Install New Outdoor Lighting
Low-voltage landscape lighting is a wonderful addition to boost curb appeal. Choose nice fixtures to line your walkways – even during the day, they’ll add panache to the space. Remember, too, that you don’t have to install wired outdoor lighting; you can choose solar lights that run LEDs, but you should know that they’re not as powerful – and sometimes not as reliable – as wired lighting is.
Front Yard Curb Appeal Tip #5: Give Your Mailbox a Makeover
Most people will park right next to your mailbox when they come to see your home. That means when they step out of the car, they’re going to be looking right at it – and if it’s shabby-looking, they might start to form a negative impression. Repaint your mailbox (sticking to the HOA’s rules, of course). If your mailbox is run-down and new paint is more like a band-aid than an improvement, consider replacing it.
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