The housing market in Austin is pretty competitive. If you want to get the best offer for your house, you have to step up your game. When you first meet someone, they instantly form an impression of you based on your appearance. Similarly, when potential buyers drive up to homes for sale in Austin, they immediately judge the quality of those houses based on home’s outer appearance. So, the front of the house and the front yard need to be immaculate and impressive, especially if the other homes for sale near your home look great on the outside. Here are three simple, affordable ways to make the front of your house and your front yard much more attractive.
1. Have your address numbers painted or repainted on your curb. This is a subtle detail that potential buyers appreciate. This costs approximately $40 to have this done by a professional or around $12 if you do the work. If you want to do it yourself, get some plastic numbered stencils and spray paint at your local hardware store. Test what the numbers will look like on some old newspaper. Make sure the numbers look sleek and attractive before you paint them on the curb.
2. Water your lawn every single week. This may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s something many people neglect to do on a routine basis. Grass should receive about an inch or so of water from your sprinkler system every week. To measure how much you’ve watered, spread out five measuring beakers around the yard (about three feet apart, depending on the size of the yard). Stop watering when all of the beakers are at least an inch full.
3. Pressure wash your front porch and front windows. Good old soap, water, and elbow grease usually aren’t enough to improve the appearance of these areas. Using a pressure washer is the best way to remove the scum and layers of dirt on the exterior of your home. You can rent a pressure washer at your local hardware store for approximately $50 a day. Depending on your budget, this might seem a little pricey, but it will be completely worth it when you have the cleanest-looking porch on the block. Remember: buyers need to be able to envision themselves spending quality time on a clean, appealing porch.
So, paint your address on the curb, water your lawn, and pressure wash the front exterior of your house. You’ll be glad you did when you get an unbelievable offer for your home!
Author’s Bio: Logan is a blogger from the Blog Content Guild who writes about Austin real estate when he’s not trying to find the best breakfast taco in town.
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