The exterior of your Markham home is the first thing potential buyers will notice as they drive up to your house. For sellers, this means that the exterior of your home needs a little love and attention if you want to make a good impression and receive a quick sale. And while working on the exterior of your home can take some time, it doesn’t have to be expensive. Here are four tips for updating your home that won’t cost you a fortune.
1. Do Basic Yard Work
Small tasks such as clearing out flower beds and trimming the grass around curbing can make a big difference in the overall look of your yard. Even just planting new shrubbery and flowers can enhance an otherwise boring landscape. By keeping on top of your basic yard work, you can make the house look good, without any expensive updates. And if you don’t have time to do your own yard work, hire someone to do it for you.
2. Apply a Fresh Coat of Paint to the Trim
You don’t have to paint the entire exterior to increase your home’s curb appeal. Simply painting the trim on your home can bring out the small details and the charm of your house. Plus, painting shutters, window boxes, and the trim around your windows are small projects but can make a home look well maintained and recently updated.
3. Update and Stage the Front Porch
You want your front porch to provide an inviting environment. If it is dirty and run-down, it makes a poor impression and potential buyers will not be as enthusiastic to see the interior of the house. To update and stage this area, sweep and spray down the entire porch, repaint and replace the front door if necessary, and consider adding plants or decorations. Also, if the budget allows, update your exterior lighting fixtures to give the porch a brighter, more modern look.
4. Install or Update Exterior Lighting
Installing new lighting doesn’t have to drain your bank account. You can find small solar lights to brighten up a walkway or garden area. There are also many inexpensive light fixtures to hang above your front door. A well-lit home not only boosts a house’s curb appeal but it also improves its security. Additionally, installing ample lighting on a patio or grassy area is a bonus and makes the yard a great place for entertaining.
If you want to sell your home and impress home buyers, work with a Markham real estate agent who can help you determine what home-improvement projects you should make a priority and how to increase your home’s value.