Are you getting ready to list your home now to take advantage of the Fall Seller's Market? Just because the weather will be turning, you still need to spruce up the exterior of your home. Sprucing up will take some work if your goal is to attract the most buyers and get the highest price offer on your home.
The front of your home is the buyer’s first impression which they use as a tool. It suggests to them how the home is most likely being maintained. So even if your home is spectacular on the inside, if the outside is not, the buyer may question the condition and could very well pass your home by. We've had many buyers tell us "let’s go, it’s not worth seeing” when pulling up to a home that is shabbily maintained on the exterior.
Don’t let this happen to you!
So what should you focus on?
Cut those creepy crawly bushes that extend over your walkways and trim the grass edge. Trim trees that are blocking the facade of your home. Even if it’s a deciduous tree, which will lose it's leaves in a few months, it’s still important to trim the dead branches back and shape it. Weed and clean up all the beds and apply fresh mulch. Yes, fresh mulch. Cut/pull out anything that didn’t survive the summer and or any dead flowers that are out of season. Continue to cut your lawn regularly.
Days will be getting shorter and buyers will most likely be viewing after work when the sun has gone down. Illuminating your walkways and the front of your home/garage areas are very important. Be sure all lights that are tarnished are replaced. If you can't afford to replace them, spray paint them with an exterior paint (black is always a good option). Make sure all lights have bulbs and that they are the same.
Power wash. Clean off any mossy residue from siding, walkways and or stucco. Have roof shampooed if it has dark streak marks.
If it's in good shape, have it re-coated, or at the least get it pressure washed. If it is really bad and lifting, consider getting it repaired.
Apply a fresh coat of paint on the front door. If the screen is ripped, fix or replace. If glass is in the door, make it shine.
Be sure to have them cleaned out. Buyers will look at them when they are inside looking out.
If broken or dented, or not working at all, fix. Paint if needed.