Maximizing Curb Appeal for a Memorable First Impression

Prior to selling your home, much of the focus is placed on staging and decluttering the interior. While these things are certainly important, sellers should also keep in mind that the exterior of their property is a potential buyer’s first impression for both in-person and online showings. That means the landscaping, front porch, windows, and even the garage can’t be overlooked. Here are a few tips when it comes to getting your home’s exterior in tip-top shape:

Lawn Maintenance

A well-manicured lawn and trimmed shrubs are imperative before any showing or open house, as anything that is overgrown can indicate that other areas of the house have been neglected. Bushes and greens are meant to enhance your home, not cover it up. Prune any ivy or other greenery that might be creeping over windows or doors. Additionally, flowers are a quick and inexpensive way to brighten up your landscape and convey an inviting feel.

A Fresh Coat of Paint

Assess whether your home is in need of painting or just touch-ups here and there. Painting the entire exterior can be expensive but can go a long way to update the look of your home from the outside. To implement this on a smaller scale, consider painting only the trim, doors, and shutters of your home. Remember that neutral paint colors tend to appeal to the largest audience of potential buyers.

Up On the Rooftop

The gutters and roof are one of the first things a potential buyer will notice, and if they’re in ill-repair, it can signal financial headaches. Make sure all gutters have been cleaned and are in good condition. You’ll also want to trim any low-hanging tree branches that are too close to the roof line and rid the roof of any debris. Renting a power washer is not only helpful for deep cleaning a roof but can be used to spray off walkways and decks, further freshening up your outdoor space.

Outside Looking In

The benefits of clean windows will shine both outdoors and in, and it is a fairly easy way to spruce up your home. While there are plenty of competitively priced services, there are also products available that easily attach to a garden hose allowing you to take care of this project on your own. Also, be mindful of how window treatments appear from the outside. Uniformity in color is important, as well as the degree that your blinds, shutters, and curtains are open. This will ensure a neat, symmetrical look.

Garage, Shed, and Patio Upkeep

In the midst of cleaning closets and cupboards, don’t forget about the garage and other outdoor storage spaces. They should appear organized and uncluttered, with bikes, tools, and toys properly stored so buyers can see how many cars or gadgets the space allows. Finally, any patio furniture should be cleaned and displayed to highlight the functionality of the outdoor area.

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