Curb appeal: It's the make-or-break first impression of your home. It either beckons a second look or turns buyers off entirely. And now, in the age of the coronavirus, curb appeal is more vital than ever—since buyers might not be able to tour your home and are placing more weight on the exterior, or might be limiting in-person tours to only their top choices. If you're trying to sell your home during this pandemic—and the facade is a little worse for wear—don't panic! We consulted with Clint Robertson and Luke Caldwell of HGTV's "Boise Boys" to steal some tricks for curb appeal that's so irresistible, buyers will be clamoring to know what's inside.
1. Keep the yard green and pristine
The lawn is one of the first things buyers notice, whether they are pulling up to the curb or looking at an online listing. When it's lush and green, it creates a favorable impression. "One of the cheapest things you can do to enhance curb appeal is to keep your yard mowed and groomed," says Robertson, who also partners with Caldwell at Timber and Love Realty. "Hire someone to mow it and keep it tidy, or take the time to keep it pristine."
2. Mind your driveway and walkway
Hose down the driveway and walkway before showing your home or taking photos.
You might be inclined to overlook the driveway and front walk—how much can you really do to make concrete look good? But, truth be told, these areas are like the red carpet of curb appeal: They lead buyers to the main event, the inside of your home. A driveway and front walk with minor cracks and weeds popping up through the expansion joints (the straight lines that divide the driveway and walkway) are an eyesore. Luckily, it's an easy fix. Remove the weeds, and patch the concrete with caulk, Robertson suggests. Hose it down or power-wash it. For extra pizazz, finish a concrete driveway or walkway with a clear, glossy sealer. (You can give faded asphalt driveways a face-lift with asphalt sealer.) At the very least, hose down the driveway and walkway before photos, or a video or in-person tour, to give it a fresh look.
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