The Real Estate Browser Volume 10, Issue 6 | Page 19 Volume 10 Number 6 – Say you saw it in The Real Estate Browser of Lynchburg — 19 3. Add New House Numbers 6. Stage Outdoor Furniture When people see that your home has hit the open market, they’re likely going to drive by it to see what it’s all about. Are they going to be able to find it easily or will they struggle to see your house numbers? Many homeowners spend hours staging the furni- ture inside their homes to prepare them for a sale. But what they don’t realize is that they can do the same thing on the outside of their houses. If your house numbers have seen better days, it’s a good idea to replace them with new ones that are easy to spot. For just a few dollars, you can take down your old numbers and put up ones that’ll enhance your home’s curb appeal. 4. Install New Exterior Lighting Most people who drive by your home to check it out once it goes up for sale will do so during the day. They’ll want to see what your home looks like in the light. But there will also be some people who will drive by your house at night. When they do, they’re going to be disappointed if the front of your house looks dark. If your old exterior lighting isn’t getting the job any- more, replace it when new lights that put your home in the right light. You might even want to consider adding landscape lighting to your property to shine a spotlight on some of the landscaping features in your yard. 5. Plant Trees, Bushes, and Flowers Speaking of landscaping, it’s important for those selling their homes to tend to their yards before putting their houses up for sale. If you have a front porch, make it warm and invit- ing by adding outdoor chairs, couches, or even a small table. It’ll show people how functional the porch truly is. You might even want to hang a porch swing if you have the space to do it. It’ll help them imagine how great it’ll be to sit out on the porch once they buy your home and move into it. 7. Stick a New Welcome Mat on the Front Porch This is, hands down, the simplest DIY curb appeal idea on this list. But that doesn’t mean that it’ll be any less effective than the other suggestions found here. When people walk up to your home for a showing or an open house, you want them to feel welcomed. And what better way to give them that feeling than to put down a new welcome mat on your front porch? If you’re going to attempt to sell your home soon, you should: Find a mat that complements both the feel of your porch and the style of your home. It should set the tone for what people will see when they walk through your front door. • Get into the habit of mowing your lawn every week Use These DIY Curb Appeal Ideas to Your Advantage • Remove leaves, sticks, and other debris from your yard on a regular basis • Replace the old mulch in your flowerbeds In addition to doing those things, you should also think about planting new trees, bushes, and flowers in front of your home. They’ll brighten your entire prop- erty up and make it more appealing to potential buy- ers. Selling a home is one of the most stressful things you’ll ever do. Make it easier by putting the DIY curb appeal ideas found here to good use. When you do something like paint your front door or plant new trees, bushes, and flowers, you’ll change the way people look at your home. They’ll be more likely to buy it when they like what they see from the curb. Click on the Listing for photo tours and additional information for each property.