9 Ways To Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal

First impressions matter. Many buyers will drive by your home before they take the next step. You will not get a second chance at first impression.

Download this checklist to make the outside of your home looks as inviting as what’s inside.

Here are nine simple ways to easily boost your home’s curb appeal.

Open up the street view

You want buyers to be able to see your home from the curb. If you have trees blocking the view of your home, you might want to prune some of the lower branches.

Removing the dead parts of plants goes a long way to making the view from the street better. 

Walk out to the street and take a look as if it was your first time looking at your home. Take note of anything that looks wrong and make a plan to fix it. 

Remove trash and personal items

Our personal items mean a lot to us and it is often difficult to pack them up. But buyers are more attracted to yards that feel clear and spacious. If your yard is cluttered, it’s time to pick things up. 

Nice patio furniture and eclectic potted plants are fine. But anything that is highly personal needs to be removed. 

When buyers see personal items such as a weight set, boating gear, or your latest project, they have a hard time picturing this as their yard (their home). They may not bother to make an appointment to view the inside. 

You don’t have to throw your things away, but you need to get them out of sight. 

If you have a lot of trash, consider hiring a hauler to take it away. Vallejo Recology will also do two bulk pickups per year. 

Dust the outside of your house

Most yards could use a good brush down.

Dead leaves caught inside of shrubs or on fences look horrible. Cobwebs are a big turn off. The older they get, the dustier and more unappealing they look.

An exterior cobweb duster with extension pole can be easily purchased at a hardware store. The extension pole will help you reach 20 or 30 feet up. You can clean the cobwebs, leaves, and dirt off your windows, molding, trim, and gutters. 

Dust your yard as well. Pay special attention to fences, trees and shrubs. Once you start dusting your yard, you will be amazed by how much better things look.

Give your yard a spray down

You know how fresh and clean everything feels after a rain. There is a reason. Before the rain everything was dirty.

Here in Vallejo it can easily be 6 months between good rains. If it has been a while since the last rain, then you should give your yard a good spray down. Washing all the plants and surfaces will help your curb appeal tremendously.

Fertilize

We want your yard to look its best. 

Most yard plants are malnourished. If you have a few weeks before listing your home, you should fertilize. For faster results, use a fertilizer you can spray from your garden hose. 

Plants will start to look better in a few short weeks.

Add some flowers

A pop of color can go a long way to boost curb appeal. The flowers could be planted in pots or in the ground. Make sure to choose flowers which will stay in bloom for months.

Impatiens come in many colors, and are very tolerant of shaded areas. They bloom most of the spring and summer. Many will stay in bloom until winter. 

These versatile flowers are easy to plant and can also be bought in flats, which makes them more economical.

Repair visible defects

Buyers will judge your home by what they see from the street. A missing board doesn’t mean that your home has been neglected, but to a potential buyer standing on the curb, it can feel that way.

It is amazing that one broken board in your picket fence could lower your curb appeal, but it can.

Look around and pay attention to details. Make sure everything outside your home looks cared for.

Don’t forget the sidewalk

It is common to see homes for sale with trash and weeds on the sidewalk in front of the house. We recommend spraying weeds with vinegar. Once they’re dead, cut them out of the sidewalk with a carpet knife. 

Just because your curb looks great that doesn’t mean buyers are not going to look at the whole block. You may need to do a street sweep or kill more weeds for other homes as well. 

Your neighbors will think you’re crazy, but they’ll love you for it and you’ll raise the perceived value of everybody’s home—including yours.

Pressure wash your house and walkways

We have heard painters complain of jobs canceled after pressure washing. Sometimes a home just needs a scrub down. 

You can buy a small pressure washer for around $100, or rent a much higher quality machine for a day at about the same price. 

Use a pressure washer with care. High pressure can strip away paint, especially if your paint is visibly loose. Windows on historic homes are not tightly sealed, and should be lightly washed.

Always start with the minimum pressure, and never use more pressure than you need. Just like when cleaning your car, you want to soap up your house and gently (very gently) scrub and rinse. 

Don’t forget that you can probably hire a painter to do the pressure washing for you in a few hours.

If you have a one-story home, you might be able to simply clean your home with a car hose and soft car scrubber.

Don’t forget to use that pressure washer on your sidewalks and driveway too! Cement can clean up nicely.

Get the Road Map

See the entire listing process with the Seller Road Map Infographic. 

This step-by-step infographic illustrates the sales process from prepping your house to accepting an offer.

Feel confident. Print this infographic to know what to do and when at a glance.

 

 

Action steps

Don’t miss anything when you spruce up your yard. Download the Total Yard Clean Checklist 

When you’re ready to prepare your home inside and out,  Use the Prep Your Home For Sale Checklist.

Get all the worksheet and checklists you need in one place. Unlock the Seller Toolbox.

 

 

How To Be Sure My Listing Is Seen By The Most Buyers

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Once your listing is published, it will be routed to hundreds of websites all over the internet. 

But we want your listing to get far more views, which is why we promote it with video ads on Facebook and Instagram. 

Users scroll past most ads, so Vallejo Historic Homes creates the best video ads in Vallejo. We carefully construct your ad to stop people from scrolling.

We format your video to be Facebook and Instagram compliant

This is not just a virtual tour–more importantly–it’s a social media ad. 

We put captions in all of our videos because users might have their volume off. 

These ads can pull thousands of unique buyers to your listing. This is the most powerful marketing technique we use, but it has to be done right

Optimize your listing all over the internet

Syndicates like Zillow, Redfin, etc. aren’t there to sell your home, they’re competing with each other to sell their services. 

When a listing is optimized on one syndicate, changes don’t show up on their competitor’s page.

We want to have your listing noticed by more buyers, which is why we optimize for each major syndicate individual. 

Leverage our local connections so more buyers see your listing

In addition to your listing showing up all over the web, we promote it on Vallejo Historic Homes.

We also keep a list of buyers who have explicitly expressed an interest in buying a historic home in Vallejo, and we email your listing to all of these subscribers.

We have great relationships with other agents in town and we make sure they notice your listing too. 

Finally, we post your listing on our own social media channels. 

Historic homes deserve epic marketing, and we do all this for every property we sell.

You can see the entire listing process with the Seller Road Map Infographic. 

This step-by-step infographic illustrates the sales process from prepping your house to accepting an offer.

Feel confident. Print this infographic to know what to do and when at a glance.

 

 

Action steps

If you need help prepping your home for sale, Download this checklist.

To understand your profit after the sale, Download our Estimate of Seller’s Proceeds.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, Get the Guide to a Stress Free Home Sale