If you’re selling your home in Scottsdale
this summer, your real estate agent has probably already told you about the importance of curb appeal – but how do you turn your front yard and the exterior of your home into something truly spectacular?
Check out these 5 summer curb appeal tips to get started.
5 Sizzling Summer Curb Appeal Tips to Help You Sell Your Home in Scottsdale
Summer is typically the busiest home-buying season, so if your home is priced right and staged right, you should see plenty of foot traffic from prospective buyers. But even then, you have to have the curb appeal down; the first in-person impression potential buyers get is when they pull up to the home from the street, and if it doesn’t look good, they’re going to carry that less-than-fabulous first impression in the house with them.
Follow these tips to make sure you’re giving summer buyers the right first impression.
#1. Paint the door, trim or shutters (or all of the above).
Talk to your real estate agent about whether you should do a little sprucing up on your home’s door, trim or shutters. If your agent feels it could improve the home’s curb appeal, spring for it – anything you can do to make the home appear more inviting is a good investment. While it may not pay off at the closing table, it could pay off by way of you selling the home faster.
#2. Get a new mailbox.
Investing in a new mailbox and planting flowers or beautiful desert plants at its base can grab prospective buyers’ attention. It doesn’t even have to be fancy; it just has to look new, neat and clean. Check with the post office to make sure you’re following regulations on height and distance from the road, though.
#3. Put up new house numbers.
Even if your house numbers aren’t faded or worn-out-looking, buy new ones with a modern design. Match the numbers to the finish on your exterior light fixtures to create a perfectly coordinated look that buyers will subconsciously appreciate. (While you’re at it: if your light fixtures are outdated, replace those, too.)
#4. Put potted plants on the porch to add color and natural beauty.
You don’t have to relegate yourself to desert plants on the porch. You can choose anything you’d like, but remember to keep them indoors and only put them out when prospective buyers are coming for a tour. However, if you do choose desert plants, these are some of the best:
#5. Remove clutter and clean, clean, clean.
Pick up all the debris from your yard, and make sure kids’ toys are neatly put away in the garage or elsewhere out of sight. Blow away leaves, pull up the weeds that snuck through the plastic tarp and, if necessary, power-wash the driveway, the porch and the front of the house.
Make sure all of your windows are spotless, inside and out – even on the second story, which may mean hiring professional window-cleaners to lend you a hand.