It has been said time and time again that you only get one chance to make a good impression, and that a prospective home buyer begins forming an opinion of your home as soon as they drive up to the property. With that said you need to make sure that you home’s exterior is at it’s best for a potential buyers vital first impression.
These four exterior areas of your home can be easily staged – just like the interior of your home – in order to maximize your curb appeal.
EXTERIOR: Peeling paint is an is an obvious item to check for. Scrape and repaint any areas that need attention. Do you also know that financing such as FHA insured mortgages requires that all peeling paint be remedied? Exterior hardware, such as house numbers and door latches should be shining, or replaced if tarnished beyond help. Does your roof have any missing shingles? If your vinyl siding is dirty, have it power washed. Your windows should be sparkling clean both outside and inside. Your gutters should be free of debris, preferably with nothing growing from them, and while you are at it make sure your downspouts extend away from the foundation.
PATIO AND DECK: Rid your patio of any weeds or moss build up. Pressure wash bricks, pavers, and outdoor furniture that is looking dingy, and make a clean sweep of the patio. In warm weather add some flower pots or planters to add a splash of seasonal color. Do you have a patio table with an umbrella.? Why not open the umbrella and set the table for an outdoor meal? Make sure you patio, walkways, and deck are swept clean of debris. If your wooden deck is in bad shape replace any badly split decking and consider repainting or resealing the deck for a fresh look. Home Depot has some new deck restoration products that can easily remedy neglected decking.
DRIVEWAYS AND WALKWAYS: Is your driveway in good condition? Does it need a fresh sealcoating? Your driveway serves as the initial entry point to your property and should be in the best condition possible. If you have sidewalks, are they in good condition, are the concrete blocks level with each other and free of cracks? Many municipalities will require you to make sidewalk repairs as a condition for obtaining a Use And Occupancy permit if they are judged to be in poor condition, so if you are going to have to do it anyway you might as well make any necessary repairs before you start showing your home. Brick or paver walkways should be kept clean and examined for uneven surfaces.
YARD: You will need to mow and weed the lawn regularly in the warmer months, and keep on top of leaf removal in the fall and snow removal in the winter. Overgrown shrubbery should be cut back or removed to prevent blocking the view of your home from the street. Laying down fresh mulch is an inexpensive way to spruce up your borders and flower beds, and complement the flowers that you have planted.
It will take a little effort to stage your home’s exterior, but it is gratifying to see the improved curb appeal that these relatively simple tasks can bring to your home.
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