With the PCS season quickly approaching, your home’s AHRN.com listing needs to make a powerful first impression on military families searching for the next place to call home. Boost your rental’s first impression power with these 10 easy ways to improve your curb appeal.
1. A Good Cleaning:
Take a day to power wash driveways, decks and porches. It makes homes feel newer and better maintained. Ensure that gutters are cleaned out and free flowing during spring rains. The windows should sparkle! A super clean home allows the best feature to shine!
2. Basic Landscaping:
Just like a good cleaning allows a home to shine, landscaping completes the picture. If there are bushes, they should be neatly trimmed. Putting down mulch in any flower beds slows weeds from growing and contributes to the look of a well maintained home. Trees should be trimmed based on their type.
3. Plant a Tree:
Planting a tree is one of the easiest ways to add curb appeal. It is something that says home. Simplify the process by choosing a tree that is well suited to your weather zone. Not sure what tree is a good option? Better Homes and Garden’s has just the information you need!
4. Container Gardens:
Add a pop of color and a bit of drama to the front porch or walk way with simple containers. Not sure where to start? Many home improvement stores like Lowe’s and Home Depot offer already compiled containers. With a little research about your zone’s seasons and a look at the light available, a little instruction is all that’s needed to build your own beautiful container gardens!
5. A Welcoming Entry Way:
Welcome potential tenants home with an appealing entry way. Paint your front door so it pops, add attractive house numbers (even with vinyl for a removable option!) or use the container gardens mentioned above to highlight the front door.
6. Refresh the Edges:
Refresh the paint on trim and shutters to brighten the overall appearance of your home. For most homes, this will be an economical way to make a significant improvement in the outside appearance of your home.
7. Upgrade Your Mailbox:
If you have a single mailbox, upgrading from the plain, simple box can add to the unique charm of your property. It’s one of the little details that just might make a potential tenant decide to call and put in an application.
8. Update Outdoor Light Fixtures:
Make sure that all walkways and the front of the home is well lit. A dark home is not welcoming. Leave the “porch light” on so your perfect tenant can find their way home.
9. Examine for Needed Repairs:
The little things make all the difference. Do a walk through and look at your property with fresh eyes. What have you been overlooking because you see it all the time? Repair cracked down spouts and uneven sidewalks. Make sure that fences are sturdy with no boards out of alignment. Examine siding and brickwork to check that all is intact.
10. Eliminate Clutter:
Keep garbage cans in the garage or in the back. Remove any items that don’t significantly contribute to the curb appeal of the home. If you need to keep a hose or other tools accessible in the front of the home, disguise them with an attractive outdoor storage chest.
Our military families preparing to PCS around the world on orders, making local moves as they get married and start families or simply deciding that their housing needs have changed. Help them to see your property as their next home with a boost in curb appeal.
We want to know:
What is your must-have curb appeal factor?