Well, of course, walls cannot talk—but they certainly make statements. So, what are your home’s walls saying about you? If they are screaming ‘been there, done that’, perhaps it’s time to plush it up a bit. The old adage of “it’s what’s inside that counts” underscores interior comforts and the livability of a home but omits the importance of a well-tended exterior. Your home is bilingual—interior walls speak one language; exterior walls speak another. It’s time to pay attention and listen to what the walls are telling you (and everyone else). Properties with appealing exteriors, manicured lawns, updated fixtures, fresh paint, and well-tended landscapes receive more showings and are perceived by potential purchasers as more attractive and interesting. This appeal translates into faster and higher offers.
To start, think of the front door is your home’s focal point. The front door is the lens though which prospective buyers see your home. Before listing your home, give your front door a blast of color or update it with a new custom wood door with glass insets. Topiaries flanking the door make an engaging statement. Add style and interest by replacing old hardware and giving it the look of today – oil rubbed bronze fixtures add a handsome touch while brushed nickel finishes are more suitable for contemporary homes. Landscape lighting makes a big statement on your home’s curb appeal as well as providing safety and security. Container gardens add color and freshness, and outdoor art such as a birdbath, a water sculpture, wind chimes or fountains serve to give your outdoor spaces a little spunk.
These are just a few easy, casual and refreshing ideas that will serve to make your home stand out among the crowd.