You want your home to stand out from the others, and the exterior will be the first area people see. If it’s not in top shape, there’s a good chance buyers will move on to the next home. So make sure you’re trimming the lawn, washing the siding and shining everything else up in preparation for showings.
Here are some essential areas to address:
1) Revitalize your siding. Your siding probably looks a bit dirty and dusty after this last winter, so it’s time to wash it off and make it look shiny and new. Once you’ve cleaned off the siding, it’s time to look at the paint. There’s a chance your home’s exterior will have chips, cracks, and other paint issues as well - consider repainting it.
2) Refresh the lawn. You should trim and prune any trees and bushes that took a beating over winter or look overgrown. Add mulch to your flower beds and around trees to give them a professional, well-kept look. If you have any barren spots in your lawn from snow and ice, add seeds or sod to help cover those areas.
3) Renew the front door. Once people pass through your fence and fresh landscape, they have to open your front door. If your entry door is beaten down, rotting and in bad shape, it sets a bad tone for the rest of the walkthrough. Start by washing it and then look for chips and cracks in the paint. Depending on the age of the door, it might be time to replace it.
Now go and make a great and lasting first impression!
*Curb appeal: In the business of home ownership, a little landscaping can go a long way. National Post. (2013, August 30). Retrieved June 16, 2015.