Set expectations high with great curb appeal. Now that it is springs we wanted to remind everyone that a first impression begins when buyers view the front of your home. This can be in photos or coming up the driveway.
With spring, officially here, we no longer get a pass for an unkempt exterior. Buyers are begging to dream of BBQ’s and quite times spent in their yards, not hours of yard work.
Creating curb appeal and inviting outdoor spaces are one of the most important things you can do to attract buyers.
We have created a check list that will help you make sure you are on the right track. Stand across the street and look at your house objectively, then ask these questions:
- Does the front door and trim need painting? Just a little painting can make a huge difference
- Are the windows clean? If not clean them up and remove screens for showings and pictures so buyers have clear look.
- Are decks, walk, porches and patios clear of leaves and debris? Sweep and keep them swept while your home remains on the market
- Are decks, porches and patios clutter free? Make sure you remove old flowerpots, barbecues, planters, toys, construction materials and excess furniture.
- Are your gutters and roof clear of debris and moss?
- Are all shrubs cleared from the window views?
- Are flower beds raked and weeded and dead plants removed? Add beauty bark for a fresh look.
- Is the lawn mowed? Make sure to keep it up while your home is on the market
- Are all the exterior light bulbs working?
- Are all the house numbers in good condition and in clear sight?
- Do your porches, roofs, driveways and decks need to be power washed?
Here are a few additional things suggestion to improve your curb appeal
- If you have outdoor furniture create one simple “room setting” of clean furniture that will make buyers dream of those summer days spent outside.
- A couple pots with blooming flowers or evergreens flanking the entry way make a house inviting.
- Purchase a new entry rug to welcome buyers.
Once these items have been checked off, your home should have curb appeal buyers can’t resist!
Need more than a little help? Better Homes and Gardens has a great article on landscaping for curb appeal!