LANDSCAPING – This is one of the most noticeable aspects of your home as the buyer pulls up for the first time. Grass should be green (even if that means bringing in new sod), all areas should be free of weeds, remove dead/dying plants, cut back bushes as needed, and add some fresh plants/flowers as appropriate.
PRESSURE WASH – Sometimes a quick pressure wash will really freshen up the exterior of the house, patios, driveway, etc. Be sure to hit all the areas under the eaves and patio covers. However, be sure to use the low setting and the right nozzle so you don’t do damage or peel any paint off.
CURB APPEAL TRICKS – Have a look and see if your home would benefit from any of the following: Paint your mailbox. Fresh flowers at base of mailbox. New house numbers on house or mailbox. Add new outdoor furniture if you have a porch. Coil up or remove hoses. Remove any empty pots, bikes, toys, etc. Roll garbage cans out of sight. And then obviously repair anything that needs it – loose gutters, torn front screen door, etc.
PAINTING – If your home really needs exterior paint, now would be the time to do it. However, if it’s questionable if you really need new paint, one trick is to just paint the trim and accent pieces like eaves, gutters and borders around doors and windows. Those are usually darker colors which tend to fade faster than the lighter body parts of your home.
FRONT DOOR – Give your front door special attention as that really sets the tone for the buyer as they wait on your porch to enter the home. At least clean it but better yet to give it a fresh coat of paint, new door hardware and kickplate. Then finish with a new “Welcome” mat to really set the stage for success!
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