When you’re selling your home, first impressions are everything.
In fact, the National Association of Realtors reports that 63 percent of homebuyers will check out a home in person if they like the way the exterior looks online.
That exterior – your front entry, yard, sidewalk, and driveway – clues buyers into what they’ll encounter when they enter your home. And in those summer months, every outside detail of your home will be highlighted for anyone who sees it.
And because an attractive exterior can make or break a home sale, I’ve created this list of 10 great ideas to bring more summer curb appeal to your home!
Your Guide to Summer Curb AppeaL
Keep Your Windows Sparkling Clean
When buyers see your home from the curb, they should look in awe at the sunlight reflecting from your windows.
Not only will doing this make your home look great from the outside, but it will also transform interior living spaces by letting in that brilliant summer sun.
Give Your Front Door a Facelift
Sure, you can use any ordinary, boring front door – but then you’d be ignoring the countless designs there are to choose from that could bring life to your main entryway.
Remember, the summer sun lights up your home like none other. People will take notice of a carefully chosen door.
So, replace your old door with a brand new one, or go out and find the right paint and molding to give your home a grand entrance.
Hide Your Air Conditioner
One thing that will definitely get a lot of use during the summer months is your air conditioner. But if your home has a big A/C unit in the front yard, it may be doing damage to your curb appeal.
Sometimes, an air conditioner is more than an eyesore – it’s also a violation of your homeowner’s association rules. So, find a lattice fence, a hedgerow, or even a large potted plant for your A/C unit to hide behind.
Cultivate Great Flower Gardens
Don’t stop at a few hanging flower baskets – use some excellent landscaping work to add tons of curb appeal.
Decorate your front walkway and the exterior of your home with plants and shrubs that suit your property. A groomed garden bed tells buyers (and passersby) that your home is well maintained.
Try planting annual flowers like black-eyed Susans, petunias, and pansies. These will add quick and long-lasting color to your lawn.
And remember, flower gardens aren’t just about the visual aesthetic. You can also choose plants that provide the perfect fragrance that will make your yard smell heavenly.
Keep a Healthy Yard
If you regularly manicure your lawn, you’ll maintain fantastic curb appeal.
So, get out that lawn mower as often as necessary. Yes, the summer heat might be a little oppressive, but your home will be more welcoming than ever.
One more thing: if you need more green in your lawn but you can’t fight those brown or dead patches, spray your lawn with green spray paint that’s formulated for grass. It’s nontoxic and environmentally friendly – and you can do it yourself!
Create a Pretty Pergola
One of the more creative curb appeal ideas is to add a pergola to anywhere your house’s exterior could use a little extra character.
If you don’t already know, a pergola is an archway covered with climbing plants. They’re usually found shading park benches or wells. You can choose to include a pergola somewhere in your yard that needs some additional features, or stick it to one of your outside walls in a bare spot.
A pergola will look fantastic in your yard, and the vines and flowers growing over it will add to your yard in ways that only nature itself can.
Upgrade Night Lighting
A huge aspect of summer curb appeal is the way your home looks at night. So, exterior lighting is super important.
If your porch only has a single porch light, hire an electrician to install a few more additional lights. If you have a well-lit porch, it’ll be far more welcoming than a shadowy, creepy entryway. When buyers picture themselves coming home and hanging out on it, they’ll be much more interested in your home.
You can also consider solar spotlights that absorb that bright summer sunlight all day and illuminate whatever part of your yard you want them to during the night. A long walkway, your walls and gardens, or maybe even that pergola – solar spotlights are easy to move, require no wires, and can light up anything!
Form a Stone Walkway
If you already have pathways in your yard leading from one area to the next, try and find stepping stones to form a more trustworthy walkway.
There are many types of stone available for creating such a walkway, so it’s important you choose one that complements your property.
So, think about the architectural style of your home. A modern or contemporary home might do better with stones that have clean, sharp lines, or geometric shapes. The rustic look of irregular stones might better suit the character of rustic country homes.
But remember, those stones might get really hot during the summer months, so choose their color carefully and tread lightly!
Hide Your Hose
Here’s one of those curb appeal ideas that should be totally obvious: don’t leave your hose stretched out across your yard.
For one, water hoses never add anything to a yard. It’s a tool that should be put away.
Second, if you leave it lying on your lawn, it can leave a long and winding, unsightly brown rut across your pretty green grass.
During the summer, everyone loves spending a little time outdoors. So, let people know they’ll be welcome at your home by including comfortable chairs and benches, or even swings to your yard and patio.
Think about it this way: with outdoor seating, you’re creating extra “rooms” on your property for people to relax and enjoy themselves in. When buyers see these features – especially permanent fixtures like decks – they just might be sold on your home immediately.
But remember that summer sun! A covered deck or shaded seating area in your yard will draw people outside and keep them there.
Something tells me you’ll make a great first impression if you follow these summer curb appeal ideas. In fact, I have no doubt that you’ll impress potential buyers so much, they’ll jump at the chance to sign the paperwork to call the home their own.
And if you have any questions on these curb appeal ideas, or anything else related to real estate in the Austin, Killeen, or Ft. Hood area, contact me today!