Curb Appeal is one of the most important issues to address when preparing your home for sale. Simply cleaning, cutting, trimming and planting can make the difference between a buyer driving by or coming inside. Creating great curb appeal doesn’t have to be expensive and that’s the beauty of the project. So read the list and get to work or hire some neighborhood kids to help you out.
1. Remove dead plants. It’s better to having nothing than a dead tree or bush.
2. Clean your mailbox. Paint it if it is faded.
3. Clean and polish, if necessary, your front door’s hardware. Replace it as well if necessary.
4. Check your house numbers. Are they still in good shape and visible from the street? If not, replace them.
5. Wash down your front door and garage door.
6. Wash the windows. If this isn’t your strong suit, hire a professional.
7. Hose down the porch and driveway and clean any stains. ( TIP – Hose down your driveway before you take exterior pictures).
8. Sweep the porch, driveway and patio to get rid of any leaves.
9. Check your porch, driveway, and patio for any cracking or lifting of patio stones that may have taken place during a deep freeze.
10. Check your roof to make sure no shingles are missing or were damaged during the winter.
11. Remove debris from your gutters and downspouts.
12. Rake the lawn and add Ironite. Your lawn will be green in no time.
13. For a burst of color, plant spring flowers.
14. Tidy up your gardens in preparation for planting season. Rake leaves and apply bark or mulch.
15. Organize the garage. Put away shovels, bikes, skateboards and other items that made their way into your garage over the winter.
16. If you have a built- in BBQ grill – clean it, Buyers look everywhere.
17. Clean your pool. Contact a pool company and get your system inspected.
18. Bring out your patio furniture and set it up. Although it may be too cold to sit outside just yet, you want potential buyers to see your outdoor living space’s potential.
Curb appeal can increase the value of your house and get it sold faster. Don’t skip this important step when preparing your home for sale.
Now here is my extra Tip – If you have a patio awning that is old and weathered you might save a lot of money by having it removed instead of replacing all the old wood. Attached patio covers are inspected by the termite company and any dry rot found needs to be replaced.
Contact me today for a Free home inspection and I promise I’ll save you lots of money.