You know the drill…you list your house and wait forever for someone to come along and make you an offer. But in this market, sellers must do everything they possibly can in order to entice a buyer into making that offer. Houses are not selling themselves anymore! But according to Money, there are 9 things you can do that will drastically enhance your curb appeal, making your home more enticing to buyers.
Replace the garage doors – the facial feature of many homes is a pair of big garage doors – which all too often are flat, lackluster slabs of steel or vinyl.
Remove siding – sometimes ugliness is only skin-deep.
Lose the funky railings – swap out bad porch or stoop railings – such as black iron bars and chunky pressure-treated decking components – for visually interesting banisters and spindles.
Install a salvaged door – the typical postwar front door is decidedly dull, but the entry should be the focal point of your house.
Add moldings – many newer homes lack exterior trim; the siding just butts up against the windows and doors.
Enhance the roof – a straight, un-adorned roofline makes a house look about as interesting as a shipping container.
Replace light fixtures and hardware – lose generic shiny brass or black house numbers, mailbox and porch lights.
Plan for a nonstop flower show – most of the flowers in your yard probably bloom in the late spring, which makes for a beautiful May, but leaves you with a bland yard for the other 10 or 11 months of the year.
Add color – a paint job ($2,000 to $10,000) in pleasing hues can make any structure appealing.
As many times as I wish I owned a house, I am so very glad I don’t need to sell one right now!