Everyone knows how important first impressions are, and this couldn’t be any truer than when you’re trying to sell a home. “Curb appeal” is the first impression your home makes from the street. You want to show that your home has been well cared for and immaculately maintained to potential homebuyers. The outside of your home should be uncluttered, clean and well landscaped.
Here are my best twelve staging tips that will help you increase the curb appeal of your home:
- Make sure the lawn is regularly cut and the leaves are raked during the spring, summer, and fall. Remove any weeds and re-seed the lawn where required.
- Water your lawn and plants regularly to keep them looking their best. Your lawn should look alive and healthy.
- Prune and trim hedges, plants and shrubs especially in areas that are obstructing the view of your home from the street.
- Put away all gardening equipment, children’s toys, and pet toys.
- Make sure the driveway and all walkways are clear of snow and ice in the winter.
- Wash and clean all windows.
- Replace your mailbox, house number and exterior lighting if they are dated looking, broken or rusted.
- Clean, repair and repaint your front door if needed. All front door hardware (knob, deadbolt) should be cleaned and polished. Replace the front door hardware if it is outdated.
- Choose the same color scheme for the mailbox, house number, outdoor lighting, and front door hardware for a coordinated look.
- Complete any repairs required to doors, windows, siding, fences, roof, garage door or the driveway.
- Make sure the walkways and porches are swept clean. Garbage cans, compost containers and recycling bins should be kept out of sight.
- Make the entrance to the home more welcoming by adding appropriate seasonal plants.
In my next article I will give you some staging tips for the
inside of your home.
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