First impressions are everything when it comes to the sale of your home. An attractive exterior isn’t only memorable - it can actually affect how quickly your home sells as well as its selling price. 

Your home’s curb appeal serves as a preview of what potential buyers will see on the inside of your home. Well-manicured landscaping, an inviting front entry, and a clean exterior summons potential buyers to view the inside of your home. 

Whether you’re planning on selling your home or want to freshen up your home for spring, follow these tips to give your home a “wow factor” from the curb:

  • Refresh the paint. Repainting the exterior of your home is the most visible way to improve your home’s resale value and curb appeal. Depending on your home’s style and size, a full exterior repaint can be expensive (the national average is $2500). If a full paint refresh isn’t in your timeline or budget, touching up the trim can give your home a makeover for a fraction of the cost. 
  • Restore the roof. At a minimum, check your roof for any leaks, damage, or missing shingles and make the necessary repairs. For a roof in relatively good condition, hire a professional to perform a full roof cleaning. The removal of moss, dirt, branches, and other debris can make a big impact on the look of your roof and overall home appeal. For a highly damaged or older roof, replacing it is likely the best choice - not only for a higher selling price but also for peace of mind. The good news is that roof replacement has a 71% return on investment (ROI) so it is money well-spent. 
  • Back to basics. Now is the perfect time to get to that list of home repairs that always seem to fall by the wayside. The tiniest of imperfections - such as a broken windowpane, hanging gutters,  or cracked pavement on the walkway - can give the perception that the home is not well taken care of and reduce your home’s resale value. Making small repairs can make a huge difference. 
  • Groom the grass (and the rest of your landscaping). An overgrown or shabby yard gives a negative impression to potential buyers and decreases overall curb appeal. To start improving your home’s landscape, start by mowing the lawn, trimming the shrubs, and pulling the weeds. Once the basic lawn care is completed, think about planting flowers and trees for some instant color, beauty, and charm. Potted or hanging plants are a great way to spruce up and add visual interest to your walkway or entryway. If you don’t have time for yard work, consider professional landscaping for a complete overhaul. 
  • Clean the exterior. Never underestimate the power of deep cleaning, especially when it comes to freshening the look of your home. Rent a pressure washer (available at your local hardware store or big-box home store) to spray away dirt, mildew, and other debris from your home’s exterior as well as your driveway and walkways. A squeaky clean home can increase the selling price by $10,000 or more. 
  • Enhance the entryway. One of the simplest and cost-effective ways to boost your home’s curb appeal is to spruce up your front door and entryway. Refinish your current door or paint it a vibrant color to make it a focal point. Hanging a decorative wreath or adding a door knocker can also add visual interest and make your front door more inviting for guests and potential buyers. 
  • Pepper in personality. Once the big-ticket improvements are completed, consider the smaller details that can go a long way in making your home feel well cared for. Replace the current house numbers with modern metal numbers, or install a custom mailbox. Install attractive exterior lights on your home and along your walkway to make your home look more welcoming as well as increase safety. 

Nancy Hibler of Karges Realty has the knowledge to successfully assist clients in buying and selling homes of any type and within any price range. Whether you’re looking for your first home, moving to retire in Joliet, accommodating a growing family, or investing in property to make additional income, Nancy has the resources needed to assist you. Contact Nancy Hibler for all your real estate needs by calling 815-263-5791 or visiting her website.