When you are selling your house there are many things to consider. One important thing to ask yourself is, “does my house have curb appeal”? If it doesn’t this may be an area you want to improve on before listing it. First impressions are important for anything and that is essentially what curb appeal is for your home. The exterior of your house will be the first thing a buyer sees therefore you want to start off with a good impression.
It may seem obvious but cleaning and getting rid of clutter can make a big difference. Most people are so used to seeing their yard the way it is that they may not realize it can look bad to potential buyers. You should begin by cleaning the exterior of your house such as the windows and doors. It is also a good idea to buy or rent a power washer for things like the driveway, deck and patio furniture. Clean oil stains off the driveway and sweep patios and decks. Put away any unnecessary clutter. Put bikes and other items in a shed, tuck garbage cans away and put away patio furniture that is old and taking away from curb appeal. Remove nests (birds, bees) and clean up after any pets.
Once everything is clean and put away you can begin focusing on the landscape of your yard. Remove weeds from gardens and the cracks of concrete driveways and patios. Be sure to prune back plants and get rid of any dead ones. Rake up any leaves or other yard waste on the ground and dispose of it. It is also a good idea to fill in any holes or patches of dirt with sod. If it is Spring or Summer you can add some plants or potted flowers to make the yard look more appealing. While your house is listed, be sure to stay on top of cutting the grass or shovelling drive ways and walkways, depending on the season.
It can be a good idea to invest in some repairs to the exterior of your property. You can replace windows and doors to give the outside of your house a more updated look. If the roof is old, replacing it can be a great investment. A new roof is a big selling feature to a lot of buyers. Replace any drive ways, walkways or decks that are in bad shape. Take a walk around and make any notes of things that could use repairs. Bring in a friend or family member to get their opinion on what needs to be done to the property. Prioritize your list of repairs and choose which will get you the most value.
Whether you are cleaning, landscaping or making repairs it is important to not forget about the backyard. You may think your backyard does not contribute to curb appeal but it does especially for homes with backyards visible from the road. If the exterior of your home is well maintained a potential buyer is going to trust the same goes for the inside and it will entice buyers to view your home. If your home lacks curb appeal you can follow these tips and you will be well on your way to making the exterior of your home more attractive. Get started on selling your house.