Buyers start forming an impression of your home before they even get out of the car – in fact, by the time they park in front of your home, they have a good sense of how they’ll feel about the interior. That’s because curb appeal (the way your home looks from the street) matters… a lot. This guide gives you ten tips to improve your home’s curb appeal to really impress buyers.
10 Simple Tips to Improve Your Home’s Curb Appeal
When you’re selling a home in Scottsdale, every little thing you do adds up – especially when you’re working toward creating a great first impression for buyers. Check out these ten tips you can use to improve your home’s curb appeal:
- Put up new house numbers
- Wash your garage
- Pressure-wash your driveway and sidewalks
- Add lighting to your landscaping
- Clean the windows
- Scrub light fixtures
- Kill the weeds
- Set the scene on your porch
- Spread out the rocks
- Brush up your bushes
Here’s a closer look at each.
Simple Curb Appeal Tip #1: Put up new house numbers
If your house numbers have seen better days, it’s time to replace them. You can find affordable options at your favorite home improvement store, and the whole job should take you less than a half-hour.
Simple Curb Appeal Tip #2: Wash your garage
The outside of your garage door may need a little TLC – most garages in Scottsdale have an accumulation of dust on the door. Spray it down with a hose (not a pressure-washer – that could damage it) and fill a bucket with warm, soapy water. Go over the entire door and rinse it; then wash it again for good measure. Make sure you rinse the soap off before it dries, or you’ll create more scrubbing work for yourself.
Simple Curb Appeal Tip #3: Pressure-wash your driveway and sidewalks
Pressure washers are generally safe for driveways and sidewalks, but be careful of loose rocks on the edges. You can typically rent a pressure washer from your local home improvement store.
Simple Curb Appeal Tip #4: Add lighting to your landscaping
If you don’t already have lighting in your landscaping, now may be a great time to add some. Simple solar lights along walkways and the sides of the driveway are a nice touch, but don’t go all-out – you don’t want your investment to cut into the profits you’ll make when you sell your home.
Simple Curb Appeal Tip #5: Clean the windows
Your windows should sparkle inside and out. Buyers should be able to see reflections in them as they drive up the street toward your home.
Simple Curb Appeal Tip #6: Scrub light fixtures
Clean light fixtures on your porch and ensure there are no cobwebs or spider webs on them. If you have light covers, take them down and remove dead bugs, sand and dust.
Simple Curb Appeal Tip #7: Kill the weeds
Kill the weeds that pop up between the rocks with a solution made from 2 parts water, 1 part salt. Boil the solution and pour it directly on the plants (that way, you’ll get the plant and the seeds that may already be germinating in the ground).
Simple Curb Appeal Tip #8: Set the scene on your porch
Buyers love the idea of outdoor living space as an extension of a home, so if you don’t already have seating on your front porch, add some. Make it comfortable and arrange it for conversation and the views; two comfy outdoor chairs angled slightly toward each other (but still facing the street) with a small table between them is an ideal setup.
Simple Curb Appeal Tip #9: Spread out the rocks
If there are one or two “bald patches” in the rocks in your yard, fill them in. If there are several of these patches, consider hiring a landscaping company to top them off.
Pro Tip: Your HOA might require a certain depth of rocks, so if you’re not familiar with the exact number, check your Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions.
Simple Curb Appeal Tip #10: Brush up your bushes
Trim overgrowth on bushes growing in your yard so everything looks neat and tidy. If you have grass, make sure it’s trimmed and neat, particularly around the edges of sidewalks and your driveway.
Are You Buying or Selling a Home in Scottsdale?
If you’re selling a luxury home in Scottsdale, we can help. You can use our home value calculator to get a ballpark idea on what your home may be worth – and you can call us at 480-351-5359 to talk to a REALTOR® about how we can market your home to all the right buyers.
If you’re also looking for a new home, we’ll be happy to show you the homes that interest you most. While you’re here, explore all our Scottsdale real estate listings or look in specific communities:
- Ancala homes for sale
- Boulders homes for sale
- Cactus Corridor homes for sale
- Scottsdale Country Club homes for sale
- Scottsdale Ranch homes for sale
- Old Town Scottsdale homes for sale
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21000 N. Pima Rd., #100, Scottsdale, AZ 85255
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