If you want your home to give off the best first impression possible, you need to remember the three P’s.
When your home is on the market, buyers start assessing its value the instant they pull up to the curb, so it’s essential that you put your best foot forward from the very beginning.
With that in mind, all you need to do is remember the three P’s of curb appeal:
1. Power wash. Don’t be intimidated—power washing can actually be fun. Buying or renting a power washer is certainly worth the investment, and if you don’t want to do it yourself, you can always hire a local handyman. Start with your front porch, because this is where buyers will look while their agent is opening your door. Make sure it’s sparkling clean and free of any dirt or cobwebs.
You’ll also want to cover the rest of the property, including the deck, fence, driveway, and sidewalks. A good power wash will lay your foundation. You wouldn’t trade your car in before giving it a good washing, so you shouldn’t do it to your house either.
2. Paint. There’s no bigger bang for your buck than a good paint job. Almost every home can benefit from a fresh coat of paint on the front door, and don’t forget to check the frames along any other doors to see if they need freshening up. As far as the front door goes, though, try using one of the more popular colors like robin-egg blue. If you choose an accent color, limit it to one or two services only. You certainly can’t go wrong with classics like red, black, or charcoal gray.
After you’re finished with the doors, take a look at the house numbers, light fixtures, and shutters. All of these can be freshened up with a can of spray paint made for the appropriate surface.
3. Plant. You don’t have to do extensive landscaping, but you’ll want to get rid of the weeds in your flower beds, apply a fresh coat of mulch, and add some sizeable planters. Typically, you’re better off using a smaller selection of larger ones than a larger selection of small ones. Make sure you use seasonal, colorful plants that draw attention to your walkway, front porch, and back deck. Also, remember to keep it neutral enough that it matches the style of your home.
If you dedicate a weekend to minding these P’s, you’ll give yourself a great chance to attract a top-notch offer.
If you have any more questions about getting your home ready for the market, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. With us, it’s not just business—it’s personal, and we’re never too busy for your referrals.