Prep Your Home to Sell, Part 1

Part 1:  The Outside of your home and the always important curb appeal factor.

When a prospective buyer sees a picture of your home on the internet (most buyers first see their eventual homes on the internet these days) or drives by your home, what they see on the outside will often determine whether they make that phone call to their Realtor saying “Tell me more and when can I see it?” or not.  If you would like to sell, of course you want to be in the category of houses that buyers want to see, right?  So let’s get the outside looking good.

Put away recreational and yard equipment and make sure there is a clear path to the front door.  Left out hoses, bicycles, etc. give a disheveled, unkempt appearance right off the bat and obstructions in getting to the front door do not say “welcome”.

Trim back shrubbery and tree branches.  Shrubs should be no higher than the lowest point of the front windows (Crimewatch suggests this as well) and greenery should not be up against siding.  You want them to be able to see the house and let in natural light, as well as giving your property that neat and well-kept appearance.

Pull the weeds and lay a fresh layer of mulch – fresh pine straw or bark mulch defines the landscaping beds and helps keep the weeds at bay.

Check trim and siding, if applicable, for rot and have any repaired and repainted.

Put a fresh coat of paint on the front door and if any hardware is monogrammed, engraved, or in poor condition, remove it and replace it with something new.

Have the exterior washed.  Don’t forget a soft wash of the roof if there are mildew stains, the driveway, and walkway.

A colorful potted plant or two by the front door are a nice touch.

Keep the grass mowed.  This sounds very simple, but I am amazed by how frequently I show properties on the market where the lawn is forlorn and neglected looking!  If you are not at your property that is on the market, be sure you hire someone to maintain the yard.  Not doing so will cost you money in the form of a lower selling price or no sale at all!

Prep right, price right, and you will sell right.  Cheers, n.



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