Perception is everything.

The buyer's first impressions of a home matter - a lot. I'm sure you're familiar with the saying, "you never get a second chance to make a first impression." Well it's true, and in this instance, you only get one shot of impressing a potential buyer, and leaving a great, lasting first impression of your home.

Curb appeal is the attractiveness of a home and its environment, and it impacts how much a buyer is willing to pay for a house. Research shows that homes with high curb appeal sell for 7% more than homes with less-attractive exteriors and surroundings.

In this article, let us take a moment to explore 10 quick tips on things you can do that will help boost your home's curb appeal.

1. Go green

One of the easiest ways to boost your curb appeal is by adding flowers and greenery in your front yard. If you don't have enough money or time to set up a garden, don't fret. Planters and flower boxes creatively placed will do the trick. Use flowers and plants to make the key visual points like entryways and windows visible.

2. Work on the lighting

The right lighting can transform a space by helping to create an interesting and inviting ambiance that can lift the moods and energy levels of your potential buyers. Consider overhead lighting and wall scones for improved lighting. Clean off the debris and cobwebs around the light fixtures to make the area more fun and fresh. Also, add lights on the entryway - nothing is welcoming about dark paths!

3. Do a mailbox makeover

A mailbox makeover is one of the cheapest ways to boost your curb appeal. Your mailbox can set a tone that helps in expressing and projecting your home's personality. Pick a mailbox that mirror's your house's trimming. Paint it regularly and match it with your house's exterior color. Also, you may surround it with beautiful flowers to make it even more appealing.

4. Create the perfect symmetry

Symmetry gives a sense of clean, orderly structured harmony. This engenders an inviting and welcoming spirit that will keep home buyers knocking on your door. Add lantern-style scones to the mix, and the pathway will be calling visitors to walk on it.

5. Do a thorough cleaning

Clean, clean clean. Powerwash your driveway and sidewalks and all visible surfaces. A thorough cleaning can be transformative and boost your curb appeal.

6. Trim your shrubs

Trimming your shrubs is a common and easy fix that can help improve your curb appeal. It will allow potential buyers to see the whole front of the house while enhancing the general appearance of your home.

7. Add color to the front door

Your front door is your home's main portal. When well designed and maintained, the door can be a powerful symbol that invites and appeals to prospective buyers. You may paint the door using an exciting color to make a statement and attract maximum attention.

8. Mow and nurture the lawn

Your lawns are a significant part of your front yard, with a significant influence on your curb appeal. Rake, mow, edge, and manicure your lawn if your home has one. A thick, green, manicured, edged, weed-free lawn provides an instant boost you your curb appeal.

9. Balance the garden beds

The most beautiful gardens are built in layers - and you can borrow this concept too for your garden. Find a mix of deciduous and evergreen plants with different textures and heights. Put the tallest in the back and the smallest in the front. This will create a beautiful balance that's appealing to prospective buyers.

10. Add outdoor art

Outdoor art can help add intrigue, interest and uniqueness to the visual palette of your home's exterior. Consider adding sculptures, metal cutouts, birdbaths and other outdoor art with moderation for a jolt of creativity and visual focus.

Curb appeal can give you a huge advantage when selling your home. It adds class, personality, appeal, visual interest to your home and increases its market value. And when you are ready to buy (whether now or a year from now), let us know and we will maximize your buying power.

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