May is National Moving Month: Let’s Get Your Home’s Exterior Ready

May is National Moving Month: Let’s Get Your Home’s Exterior Ready

Looking to sell your home and ready to make a great first impression?  Being that May is National Moving Month, this is the perfect time to discuss how to get your home exterior ready for guests.  Most potential home buyers decide within seconds if they want to go inside the home for another look.  Therefore, it is imperative your home make a strong first impression.  You want to impress the house hunter by showing them you take care of your home’s exterior because that leads them to believe you take care of your home’s interior as well.  

According to Fortune Builders, nine out of ten home buyers start their search on the internet.  That means street appeal is everything!  In this case, a picture is worth 1000 words.  We, at brick&batten, have helped hundreds of homeowners amp up their curb appeal for this very reason!  

Below are suggestions to keep potential buyers interested in learning more:  

#1. Install a Beautiful Flower Bed.

Colorful flower beds catch the eye; however, this should be done with care.  There is a strategy for how and where to plant different colors for different blooming seasons.  Mulch and flowers can be done fairly simply without dozens of trips to your local hardware store. Buyers are also attracted to properties that have plants which highlight different features of the home.  For example, plants and flowers flanking a doorway and shrubs or small bushes lining a walkway. 

#2. Update Your Front Door.

Updating your front door is probably the most worthwhile and cost friendly way to make a great first impression to house hunters.  Most doors provide 100% return on investment! Maybe it’s replacing a solid door with one that lets in more light, or something as simple as painting your current door to bring life back into the color.  Either way, your goal is to make people feel welcome, so your door should be an inviting focal point.

gold knocker on blue door

#3. Clean Up or Replace Your Outdoor Lighting.

Lighting is a great way to showcase different landscape in the front and also provides security for those walking to the doorway.  That said, lighting should be beautiful and functional! We are loving the Bevolo French Quarter lanterns right now!  At brick&batten we see many gorgeous lights, but they aren’t sized correctly for the space they are to be illuminating.  A light should be one third to one fourth the size of your door.  Away with the tiny sconces… it’s better to be too big than too small!  If your light meets the mark, then be sure the glass is clean and free of cobwebs.  If your light needs replaced, this is an easy fix and makes a huge improvement!  

Bevolo French Quarter Lantern

#4. Last but Not Least…

Walk up your driveway and onto your sidewalk leading to the door.  Are there cracks that need filled?  If so, fill them!  Are there weeds that need pulled?  If so, pull them. Is there dirt, rust, oil, etc. spills in an area that can be cleaned?  If so, power wash the area.  Are your windows dirty? If so, clean them up.  Are your trash cans put away and out of sight? If not, find a place other than in front of your house to store them.  Are all lightbulbs in good working order? If not, replace them with soft light. Take inspiration from the pictures above.  It’s the little things that make a huge difference on your home’s exterior

According to Zillow, April, May, June, and July are prime months to put your house on the market.  Be sure your home exterior is ready by making a great first impression.  Trust me, home buyers are far more likely to enter your home and see your beautiful kitchen remodel if the exterior of your home shows care.  

If you are looking for a virtual exterior design to make changes or to market your home, brick&batten is happy to partner with you to create simple changes for a big impact! Let’s get that house sold!