If you’re thinking about putting your home on the market among the Jacksonville houses for sale or in any other city, one of the most important things to do to get potential buyers to take a look inside is to make sure its exterior shines. Of course, you might just want to improve for yourself and your guests. Either way, if it’s looking shabby, here are five great ways to improve it.
Attractive landscaping can make all the difference, in fact, it can raise the value of your home as much as 12.7 percent depending on its original value and the type of landscaping. Potential buyers want a manicured design so that doesn’t mean simply planting some shrubs and flowers. It may be worth hiring a professional if you don’t think you’re up to the task yourself. But the most important thing when it comes to improving the exterior appearance of your home is to make sure that it looks neat and well cared for. Pull those weeds, remove any dead plants, and trim any overgrowth. The lawn should be mowed regularly and any debris raked up.
While it’s the most obvious option, a new coat of paint can make a dramatic difference in your home’s exterior. If you can do it yourself, it’s one of the best ways to add curb appeal on a budget. Clean, sand and prime it to help the paint adhere and keep the final product looking fresh. If you don’t think you can tackle the job and can’t afford to pay someone else, another option is power washing. You can take years of dirt and grime off your siding as well as your driveway, walkway, and porch with a power washer, which can be rented at home improvement/hardware stores like Lowe’s or Home Depot. Afterward, just apply paint to any chips and cracks.
Replace Your Front Door or Paint and Change Out the Hardware
If your front door is old or unappealing, consider replacing it. Or, for something more budget-friendly, paint the door you have and/or switch out the hardware for a noticeable upgrade. Choose a color that contrasts with the paint color of the door, like brass hardware on a black door or black hardware on a white door.
Christmas isn’t the only time to decorate your entry area. Add decor to your porch and door, choosing items that reflect your personal style and the interior of the home. You can find wreaths year-round made from materials like dried florals and greens. A front entry is an ideal place for a small garden too, like a trough or basket filled with flowers and herbs that will greet guests or potential buyers with fabulous smells and color.
Give Your Mailbox a Makeover
Swapping out a dated mailbox with something more attractive and stylish is inexpensive and easy to take on. Depending on the type you need, such as one attached to the wall or one that’s standing, they generally range from about $50 to $200. If the one you have is in decent shape, meaning it has no rust or broken parts, you can spruce it up by washing it thoroughly to remove any dirt and grime, and then use spray paint to make it look new. Be sure to choose a color that complements your home’s exterior while giving the mailbox a whole new look.