Improving Your Home’s Curb Appeal

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In a competitive real estate market, first impressions are critical. Whether in-person or in photos online, a home’s exterior is the first thing that potential buyers see. An unappealing exterior makes a poor first impression which can lead buyers to view the property with an overly critical eye. On the other hand, an impressive curb appeal will indicate that the house has been properly cared for and pique buyers’ curiosity to explore the whole house. 

If you are interested in selling your home, we recommend taking steps to increase its curb appeal before listing. We’ve compiled 3 simple ways you can create an exterior that’s easy to fall in love with!


1. Address Any Eyesores 

Jeremy Ganse - Lancaster, PaFirst, we recommend removing any eyesores that could distract potential buyers. Thoroughly examine the outside of your house, noting anything that stands out as needing to be cleaned, repaired, or replaced. Is mildew growing on your siding? Give it a good power washing. Do you notice a few missing shingles or pieces of siding? Replace them! We suggest that you ask a friend or neighbor to evaluate the exterior of your home as well—they might catch any defects that you are used to seeing. 


2. Spruce Up Your Landscape 

Jeremy Ganse - Lancaster, Pa

Next, consider spending time on your lawn, gardens, and overall landscape! On average, homes with a well-kept exterior and lawn sell for 7% more than similar-sized houses that lack impressive landscaping. Maximize your property’s curb appeal by cultivating a beautifully manicured landscape. Here are a few small, affordable adjustments to add visual interest to your yard: Plant some seasonal flowers. 

  • Pull weeds and prune trees of dead/diseased branches. 
  • Add a fresh layer of mulch to flower beds. 
  • Lay grass seed in bare spots. 
  • Edge walkways and flower beds. 
  • Routinely mow your lawn and water plants.


3. Don’t Forget the Details 

Jeremy Ganse - Lancaster, PaFinally, focus on the little details! Exterior home design is just as important as interior home design. Create a cohesive style by upgrading your outdoor living pieces. Consider hanging stylish house numbers, painting the front door, replacing the mailbox, installing new light fixtures, or adding decorative pieces that reflect the established interior design. You can also make potential buyers feel at home by replacing your welcome mat with a clean one and dressing up the front porch with simple, seasonal touches. For Lancaster residents, we recommend visiting Penn Stone and Perfect Pots to find unique outdoor decorations and seasonal floral displays.

A few small changes can make a big difference when it comes to improving your home’s curb appeal. If you are planning to sell your home in the upcoming months, our team is here to help! Using current market trends, we will recommend upgrades and come up with a sales strategy so that you get the maximum return on your investment. Call us today at (717) 208-4240 or visit our business page to begin the process.



Jeremy Ganse, Realtor
RE/MAX SmartHub Realty

930 Red Rose Court
Lancaster, PA 17601
717-208-4240 (Cell)
717-208-4444 (Office)
877-271-5520 (Toll free)

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