Putting up your house for sale doesn’t mean it’s time to wipe your hands clean of it. In fact, now’s the time to get those hands dirty and put in some work to make your home as appealing as you can. Potential buyers, after all, will never see its charming, rustic interior if they aren’t tempted by the exterior. Here are a few simple places to dig in to make sure your home’s curb appeal is up to the challenge of attracting buyers.

  1. Exterior Lighting

Outdated and weathered sconces aren’t a good look for an entryway that will (hopefully) soon be greeting many property tours. Replacing these sconces with something more modern or in tune with the home’s exterior is a cheap, quick, and effective way to make your front door all the more charming. (And be sure to check the lightbulbs, too.)

  1. Siding & Sidewalks

Both your siding and your sidewalks tend to gather dirt and grime throughout the year — or years, depending on how often you get around to cleaning them. A pressure-washer rental, which can be pretty cheap, can make quick work out of cleaning up discoloration and dust. But be careful — pressure washers can be dangerous.

  1. Edge Walkways

While you’re at the hardware store, also consider renting a lawn edger (or carefully do it manually with a flat-edged shovel). Removing the grass and weeds slowly making once-broad sidewalks narrow and muddying the borders of your driveway and garden gives your home a fully manicured look.

  1. House Numbers

House numbers are often the first thing people see when the arrive. If the current numbers are tarnished, damaged, or missing altogether, consider installing a fresh set. Also rethink their location — should they be sandwiched between the garage doors, or instead next to the front door? This thoughtful update is cheap, fast, and can have a big impact on buyers.

  1. Replace the Mailbox

As TV’s Dr. Frasier Crane once insightfully noted, “A mailbox is a house’s handshake.” Is your home’s current mailbox looking a tad weathered or rusty? When selecting a new mailbox, find one that matches the trim on the home or picks up on the color of the siding, and while you’re there, check on the condition of the post, as well.

  1. Potted Plants

It’s the perfect finishing touch, and can save you tons of time and money compared with a full landscaping overhaul. Place some large potted plants on the porch or near the entry to personalize the home and help your hopeful buyer to picture themselves living there. You can also go a step further and add some flower boxes to splash the green around the home’s exterior.  

This article was provided by Sam Radbil, a contributing member of the marketing and communications team at ABODO. ABODO Columbia apartments was founded in 2013 and is headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin.