The way that your home looks from the street can make or break the sale.
A large percentage of home buyers decide whether or not to look inside a house based on its curb appeal. If it does not look good from the road they will not wont to come inside. The good news is that you can help the situation by spending some time freshening up the exterior of your home and get a great first impression.
The best way to get started is by stepping back and view your property from the home buyer's perspective. Ask yourself what is your first impression of the home, what are the best and worst features and how can you enhance, improve or minimize them. Most times you just needed to put in some time and a little hard work.
The hard surfaces,
Make sure the sidewalk and front walk way are free of debris. If needed, give it a sweep and remove weeds that may be growing between the cracks. Remove grease and oil spots and fill cracks in your driveway. A clean outside let's people think clean inside.
Landscape! or Not!
There are times that adding elements to your landscaping can help curb appeal, but there are also times when removing something is more effective. Keep the grass mowed and the weeds pulled, trim the trees and the bushes, plant flowers to add a touch of coulor.
Most buyer's cannot visualize changes, and often won't take a second look at a house if isn't appealing to them at first sight. Those who can visualize changes, and are prepared to make them, expect you to reduce the price of the house to compensate for the work.