24 Apr Getting Ready to Sell? Increase Curb Appeal in 6 Easy Steps!

If you’re planning on listing your home this spring, get prepared for the crucial (and fun) job of luring home shoppers. In the Denver/Boulder homes for sale market, properties that look loved and well-maintained get more attention — and first impressions matter.

  1. Pressure-wash the siding

A home and its porch, decks, steps and walks shine bright after you’ve sluiced away winter grit, dead bugs and cobwebs. Choose a washer setting powerful enough to blast mold and sludge but not so strong it lifts paint or splinters wood.

  1. Primp the porch

Did you realize that your home’s entry is a test? Clean up your porch by removing household clutter and adding a pot of flowers or greenery.

  1. Clean exterior windows

This job is easier than you’d think. Use an exterior window cleaning product that attaches to a hose and shoot the solution on exterior glass followed by a spray of clean water. Let the glass dry or squeegee it.

  1. Repaint the front door

Your home’s focal point is the front door. Repainting makes it sing. A semi-gloss finish lets you wipe off smudges. Avoid high-gloss paint, which reveals imperfections. Consult your paint store or department for color advice and samples.

  1. Update house numbers

New numbers are eye-catching. Go big and bold, at least 5 inches tall and decide where to place them by standing at the street and imagining you’re searching for your house.

  1. Clean or replace porch lights

New porch lights run as little as $30 each, consider a contemporary finish such as black, brushed nickel or oiled brass. On a strict budget? Use restoring wipes like those made by Rust-Oleum or Rejuvenate to renew oxidized, faded or dirty metal, resin and hard surfaces.

Austin Ellis