Prepare the Outside of Your Home To Help It Sell Faster and For More Money

Spruce Up Your Yard

Once a potential buyer HAS chosen to view your home, the first thing they see when they walk up to your home is your yard and your entryway. Make them tidy and inviting:

▪ Keep grass freshly cut and edged

▪ Weed and apply fresh mulch to garden beds and plant flowers near the entryway

▪ Remove all yard clutter

▪ Apply fresh paint or stain to fences, repair sagging fences

▪ Paint the front door, consider replacing old/dysfunctional door handles (their  realtor struggling to open and/or lock the front door sets a bad tone), add a  new welcome mat

▪ Wash or paint home's exterior

▪ Sweep and/or power wash the driveway/entryway

▪ Have at least one pot in the entryway with fresh, colorful plants/flowers, to  make the entryway look bright and cheerful. Don’t be stingy on size - a tiny  pot in a large entryway or tiny plant in a large pot looks sad.

Need some additional inspiration? Check out this article from Houzz, 8 Small, Affordable Updates to Enhance Your Yard This Spring

If you are listing your home in warmer months, this Luxury Home Marketing article provides advice on how to attract Buyers by staging outside your home.

This Inman article points out that as more homes are being sold virtually due to COVID restrictions, now more than ever, it's important to have great outdoor appeal.

Check out my Home Staging menu and this Houzz article "8 Small, Affordable Updates to Enhance Your Yard This Spring" for more ideas.

Give Your Roof Some Attention

  • During dry weather, use a ladder to clear out gutters and downspouts of debris that has accumulated (which does not allow water to properly drain)

  • Do not use a power washer to clean asphalt shingles, as they can rinse off the granular coating which protects them from UV damage

  • Undertake any minor repairs such as repairing or securing flashings around vents and chimney, or repairing or replacing shingles that are loose or missing


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