They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but when it comes to selling your house, that’s the very first thing buyers do – judge your house by its curb appeal. You could have an incredible, updated interior, but if your yard looks like it’s seen better days, you can kiss that quick home sale goodbye.
Don’t worry! We have some insights from top agents that’ll elevate your curb appeal without needing a lot of maintenance.
1. Upgrade your porch with low maintenance composite decking
When you walk up to a house, the porch is one of the very first things you see, so of course, you’re going to want to make a statement. However, if your porch is looking like it’s seen better days, you should consider upgrading to a low-maintenance composite decking. With composite decking, you get the look of wood without the hassle of upkeep that comes with traditional wood planking. Plus, there’s a variety of colors so your porch will give your home that wow factor.
2. Use an accent fence to create visual interest
Landscaping is an essential feature in any yard. You can boost your curb appeal by creating flower beds and gardens with plants native to your region and accent it with a vinyl accent fence. These fences will protect your new flower beds and mark the edges of your driveway (just in case you have visitors who aren’t the most careful drivers). If you have large unsightly features like an electrical box or an HVAC unit, you can opt for a privacy fence.
3. Accent your garden with artificial landscape rocks
Another way you can give your yard that extra pizazz while covering the things you don’t want to be shown (tree stumps, drain tiles, irrigation equipment, and more), artificial landscape rocks will do the trick. These lightweight artificial rocks have the look of natural stone and can be placed anywhere in the yard. Since they’re made of durable fiberglass composite, you never have to worry about them cracking over time. The rocks come in a variety of sizes ranging from hide-a-key rocks all the way up to giant boulders and everything in between.
4. Install solar lighting for a warm glow at night
A pathway lit with solar lights not only makes your yard more inviting, but it’s also a safety feature, too! Normally the type of lighting you choose depends on your personal style, but we recommend opting for something that’s a little more universal as opposed to rainbow lights or lights that create a pattern when they’re on.
You can also use accent lighting to highlight various features in your yard, such as a nice lawn ornament, flower beds, or trees. Of course you can add post cap lighting to your porch or even a fence for an added design element while creating an ambient glow.
5. Customize your front porch to stand out with new railing
If you want to amp up your “wow” factor, a customized front porch is a way to go. There are a lot of things you can do to give your porch a facelift! You could start by painting your door a bold color (red used to be the go-to, but now people are choosing all sorts of colors from black to dark blue, to vibrant shades of turquoise or yellow!). If you have flower beds along the front of your porch, along the driveway, and anywhere else, landscape timbers create a natural border around the flower beds to give them a crisp and clean look.
Word to the wise: whatever you decide to do, make sure the finishes and style are the same or compliment each other. You don’t want to have a rustic door with ultra-sleek light fixtures.
Whether you need to sell your home quickly or you just want to spruce up the curb appeal for your own pleasure, these low-maintenance tips are a great place to start. If you’re uncertain what materials, landscaping, and styles will appeal to buyers in your area, your real estate agent will be able to weigh in and make some recommendations.