The next time you drive home, take an unvarnished look at how inviting your house looks from the street. Try to see your home through the eyes of a potential buyer, and honestly evaluate what their first impression might be. Next, take a walk around the house – keep your “buyer goggles” on!
These photos are of the Stratford, CT home I bought and then sold. Guess which is before and which is after!
Here are some things in particular to pay attention to:
Paint: If you have faded or peeling paint, scrape it and touch it up. Your paint dealer will be able to match the color (which may have faded & is no longer the color you chose originally). For smartphone users, Benjamin Moore has created a Color Capture App – just snap a photo for paint match suggestions! Touch things up primarily at eye level and 3 feet above, unless the home is in serious need of a full paint job. Paint the front door!
Enhance the Curb Appeal: Take a look at the foundation plantings. If they are overgrown, trim them. Remove any stuff you might have stored in your yard. Consider hanging a great wreath on the front door. Place a pot of seasonal plants on the front porch. If it’s Winter, use cut greens and berries. Use natural materials for your selections.
“Decorate” Outside: For example, I removed the outdated aluminum awnings. Use lawn furniture and potted plants to create “outdoor living” areas.
The Lawn: Reseed or replug where necessary, I did both, plugs for Zoygia grass and seed for other areas. Water lots and after your new plantings are established, and keep the lawn trimmed.