First impressions count, especially when it comes to selling a house. Even if your home’s interior is perfect, prospective buyers may not get that far if the outside looks neglected. To get a buyer’s attention, find ways to improve curb appeal before putting your home on the market.

Curb appeal entices potential buyers and can lead to a better offer at a higher price. While painting the exterior of the house may not be financially feasible, there are other things you can do to make your home more attractive.

Ways to Improve Curb Appeal

Create an Entryway That Draws the Eye

The front door says a lot about a home. It’s one of the first things a buyer will notice and you want your entryway to feel cheerful and inviting. If your door is older and has scrapes, nicks, or is otherwise damaged, replace it with a new energy-efficient steel entry door. If it is in good condition, freshen up the paint with a color that complements the house and catches the eye.

Brighten Walkways and Driveways

Driveways and walkways weather the elements. Improve curb appeal by using a pressure-washer to scrub them clean. While you have the pressure-washer out, clean the deck and patio to remove any mold growth, mildew, or stains.

Make Outdoor Living Spaces Pleasant

Whether you have a front porch, deck, or patio in the yard, make the outdoor living spaces clean, comfortable, and pleasant. Potential buyers will picture their own family and friends gathering there. Add outdoor rugs, bold flowers, and chairs with comfortable cushions. Improve the lighting by installing post lights on the deck or hanging string lights above the patio.

Landscaping to Improve Curb Appeal

When you list your home for sale, be sure to trim the grass on a regular basis. Prune overgrown shrubs, remove dead or damaged plants, and plant greenery and bright flowers. Add fresh mulch to the garden beds to help the space look well-manicured. Your landscaping doesn’t have to be extravagant. Instead, focus on clean lines and colors for a tidy, well-kept yard.

Inspect the Roof and Gutters

Even if your lawn is immaculate and your front entrance is welcoming, missing or curled shingles on your roof will distract potential buyers. Make repairs to the roof or replace it altogether if significant issues are found. The roof is a major component of a home and most buyers aren’t interested in replacing a roof on a home they just purchased.

Check the gutters, making sure they’re in good shape with no rust or holes. Are they dented or falling away from the house? Clean the gutters to remove any leaves, twigs, or debris that would prevent water from flowing properly through the channels.

A tidy and appealing entryway and well-cared-for landscape will greatly improve curb appeal. If the outside of your home is attractive, it will entice potential buyers to take a look inside.

Dave Holt Home Inspections provides inspection services to New Orleans and the surrounding areas. If you’re planning to sell your home, contact us to schedule a pre-listing home inspection.