At American Dream Realty, our real estate agents understand how difficult it can be to sell a home, especially in California. Homes with a higher curb appeal command higher prices and take less time to sell, and our certified real estate agents know several ways to make your home look more appealing to potential buyers. If you need assistance putting your home or condominium on the market, contact our professional realtors today.

Tip #1: Dress Up Your Landscape With Outdoor Lighting

Whether you use your backyard to unwind after a long day’s work or to host family cookouts, outdoor lights can add tremendous value to your California landscape. If you don’t already have landscape lights installed, consider stopping by your local hardware store to pick some up before your next open house. Installing outdoor lights that lead to your entryway or walkway is a great way to welcome guests and visitors after dusk while also increasing the safety of those on your property. When you invest in soft exterior lighting along your home, it will automatically appear more inviting to those passing by. Exterior lights can also help to emphasize your home’s landscape and any other outdoor features you feel are worth highlighting.

If you’re interested in outdoor lights without having to hassle with lighting cords and power strips, consider solar lights. These exterior lights are the perfect solution for sidewalks and paths that run along your house, not to mention they don’t require the use of an electrical cable or extension cords. All you have to do to install these lights is stick them in the ground and let the sunlight do the rest. Solar lights offer a pleasant ambiance that’s not too bright and not too dim, and most lights have a run time of at least six hours.

Tip #2: Plant Flowers To Welcome Visitors

If your California home’s landscape is uninspired, potential homebuyers may pass on your property because they simply can’t see themselves living there. In order to make your home’s exterior appear more inviting, consider planting flowers along sidewalks and walkways to create a friendly atmosphere. If your home features a front porch or back deck for lounging, consider purchasing a few flower boxes or hanging baskets to showcase outside. Planting flowers is one of the most cost-effective ways to make an impact on potential homebuyers.

Tip #3: Install A New Garage Door

Many California homeowners don’t realize there’s something wrong with their garage door until something breaks or stops working. Don’t let that be the case for you! Aside from its helpful functionality, your garage door actually says a lot about your home. If you have a plain or drab garage door from the early 1990’s, it could be time to upgrade to a more efficient and aesthetically appealing model. By upgrading your garage door with a vibrant color or engaging design, you can catch the eye of people driving by. There are a variety of materials that garage doors can be made from, including wood, steel, and fiberglass. For an added push, consider hiring window cleaners to treat your garage windows so they sparkle during open houses.

At American Dream Realty, we’ve helped hundreds of people sell their homes at a competitive price quickly and efficiently. If you need assistance putting your home on the market, or you’d like to speak to a certified realtor with years of experience in the California real estate market, contact our experts today.

Tip #4: Upgrade Your Home’s Door Hardware

When it comes to improving your home’s curb appeal, don’t overlook the small and simple details of your home. For example, when was the last time you looked at your front door lock and handle? If it’s been a while, check to make sure they are not rusty or worn out. Your front door is one of the first things potential homebuyers will see as they approach and tour your home, so it’s important to make a great first impression. What about the light fixtures on your front porch? Do you have a few lightbulbs out or cobwebs that could be cleaned up? These small yet important accents will subtly improve the appearance of your home to define its overall look.

Tip #5: Replace Your Old Mailbox

Do you retrieve your mail from a weathered, gray mailbox sitting atop a rotting wood post? If you answered yes or almost yes to this questions, it could be time to upgrade your mailbox. There are many unique ways to create an intriguing mailbox with a small budget. Whether you choose to build a brick or stone column mailbox, or opt for a hand painted mailbox with beautiful birds on it, make sure to choose a mailbox that matches your home’s current style.

Tip #6: Cut Down Those Trees & Bushes

If your California home is surrounded by tall trees and lavish bushes, potential homebuyers could miss your home when they drive by. No matter how attractive your home or condominium is, no one will be able to see it if there are trees, branches, and shrubs in the way. Not only can this greenery obscure your home’s features, it can make it look dark and even uninviting to visitors. If you own a chainsaw, take some time to trim back any tree branches or hedges that can be tamed outside of your home. A well-manicured landscape will only help you sell your home faster!

Tip #7: Install A Fence Around Your Property

If your home features a lavish landscape in the frontyard or backyard, consider installing a fence around your property. Many California homebuyers have pets or small children and they will be looking for a home with a fenced in yard. Whether you choose to install a white picket fence or a wooden privacy fence, installing a fencing system around your property will add a visual punch for potential homebuyers and appraisers will give extra value to a fence in good condition.

American Dream Realty is proud to be a leading provider of real estate services throughout the Simi Valley and Woodland Hills area. Contact our realtors today!