Staging a house is the process of strategically arranging furnishings and decor to make a house look its best while selling. Home sellers know that a tidy, tasteful home will catch any buyer’s eye. But do not ignore the exterior you also need curb appeal. A shoddy-looking front yard could undermine all the hard work you put into staging the interior. Just remember you only get one chance for a first impression and we all tend to form opinions in the first few seconds of seeing the home for the first time. So make the most of those first few seconds.
Replacing A Garage Door
Most folks don’t think about replacing a garage door until they absolutely have to, waiting until it gets damaged or dingy, or stops working altogether. But design-savvy homeowners know the difference that a new garage door makes in an exterior face-lift. For starters, this prominent feature can span more than 30 percent of the facade—and that’s a third of your total curb appeal. But installing a new garage door is much more than a one-step makeover. It also can prove to be a best-bang-for-your-buck home improvement that increases the home’s resale value, since most potential buyers judge a home by its exterior. As for the cost a garage door replacement can range from $600 to 2, 500 according to HomeAdvisor.
Upgrading Your Front Door
Updating the front door can do wonders for your security and style. If the door hardware is showing signs of age replace and upgrade it with a new handle set and an electronic lock that adds smart, keyless convenience. An impressive entry sets the tone for the rest of the house tour. Consider the color and materials of both the inside and outside of your door. Paint your front door with a pop of color. Bring the entrance to life with a few potted plants.
Consider New Window Frames
Installing new window frames will create the appearance of brand-new windows and is a quick and inexpensive way to make your home look newer and more attractive to buyers. Many homes have more windows on the front than on any other side. Since they take up a much larger share of the front facade, upgrading your windows can have a significant impact. Consider stylish black window frames. Black window frames will boost your home’s curb appeal and create a great contrast with the rest of your interior.
Refresh Your Landscaping
Planting a lone tree is a great focal point for a front yard. A well-manicured front yard can be a great eye-catcher to potential buyers. Simply take a few hours on a weekend to freshen up your existing landscaping with plants and fresh mulch. Planting a handful of flowering annuals is beautiful and easy on your pocketbook.
Install Outdoor Lighting
Outdoor lighting deters burglars and creates a magical ambiance in your yard. What’s more, stylish, effective exterior lighting (think motion lights or low-voltage landscape options) can really amp up your home’s curb appeal. Think about a couple of sconces by your front door and landscape lighting to illuminate the pathway to your front door.
Take Your Backyard Up a Notch
Highlight the possibilities that a home with outdoor space offers to make your house stand out to prospective buyers. Furnish your patio, deck, porch, or any areas that allow you to naturally incorporate furniture and décor. Put out a bistro table and chairs with a vase of flowers on top, or if space allows, a patio dining table or a conversation set of a love seat and chairs!
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