This is called curb appeal, and it refers to making your home as attractive as possible from the vantage point where most will get their first impression: the curb in front of your house. The goal is to interest a buyer enough to call your real estate agent and arrange a viewing.
If you want drive-by window-shoppers to take things to the next level, here are some tips to improve curb appeal and make that love-at-first-sight connection:
- Cut and rake the lawn. Patch any dead areas with sod or seed.
- Cut and trim shrubs.
- Remove dead tree limbs and other yard debris.
- Brighten up the garden with fresh shrubs and flowers.
- Pluck out weeds.
- Get rid of the clutter. Put away toys and gardening equipment.
- Touch up peeling paint on doors, siding, and trim.
- Repair and paint the fence.
- Fix damaged roof shingles and flashing.
- Clean windows, replace broken panes, and fix torn screens.
- Clean gutters and downspouts.
- Wash the driveway and sidewalk. Patch cracks or holes.
- Make sure all walks and entrances are safe from clutter and other encumbrances.
- In the evening, ensure walks and entrances are well lit.
- Clean up the garage and shed.
- Make sure outside lights and doorbells work.
- Make sure your house number is clearly visible from the road.