Five ways to have the most appealing curb in Asheville!
Curb appeal may sound like a remnant phrase from the past, but don’t be fooled – it’s still one of the most influential aspects of selling your home! Many people live in Asheville because they love being surrounded by beauty. If potential buyers drive up to a spotty lawn, ailing landscaping, and dingy sidewalks, it will be an uphill battle from there to convince them your home is “the one”.
Instead, imagine them driving up to healthy greenery, a few colorful blooms, and a fresh, welcoming front porch – setting the stage for a feel-good showing. Here are five must-do tips for improving your curb appeal, without spending a ton of money.
1. Don’t live in the past.
Get out that rake, and get all the old, dead, dried-out leaves and branches and spent blooms. You will be surprised how much of a difference just this step will make! Dead leaves are sad. Fallen branches are messy. We’re going for happy, clean and bright, folks!
2. Buy, borrow or rent a pressure washer.
Household versions are relatively inexpensive, and they come in handy for all kinds of projects. We have a lot of trees in these mountains, and sometimes all that shade can make mold happen, on driveways, sidewalks, decks, and siding. If you have all the above, you may want to hire someone to do the work for you, but for a porch, or a sidewalk, doing it yourself can be very satisfying!
In addition, a quick spray around the front door will do wonders for getting rid of spider webs – a definite turnoff for arachnophobes like me.
3. Paint the front door! (and update the hardware)
Speaking of the front door, get a quart of good paint in a popular color that complements the exterior colors of your home. Clean, sand if necessary (just a little) and paint. Voilà – curb appeal strikes again!
And if your hardware is tarnished, rusty, or just doesn’t work very well, please change it out. (Imagine your potential buyers standing around while their agent struggles to make the key work. Not a good look.)
4. Make the porch inviting.
Clean it up, add some paint if needed, and put a rocker or a comfy chair outside. That way instead of your potential buyers imagining what it would be like to sit there, they can experience it. By all means, remove anything that doesn’t contribute to relaxation – that empty pot, that old broom, etc.
5. Finally, make it a happy place – with flowers!
If you like gardening, go for it with annuals, vines or shrubbery. Or just tidy up and nurture what’s there, and add some mulch for weed control. If your thumb isn’t quite that green, you can always buy planter gardens at Lowes or your favorite nursery, to place by the front entrance & add some cheer.
All of these suggestions done together will give your home curb appeal and make your home stand out. Buyers coming to look at your home will see from the moment they drive up that you care for the home, and hopefully find even better things inside!
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