Preparing Your Home for Sale – Part 1

Before staging, you begin by preparing your home for sale. You want to spruce up your house as much as possible, so that potential buyers can see the beauty in your home and not be turned off by all the work that needs to be done. Little things can go a long way towards selling your house quicker and for top dollar. In Part 1 today, I’m going to share ways to help get the exterior of your home ready so that it’s irresistible to buyers.

Preparing Your Home for Sale – Exterior

BEGIN WITH CURB APPEAL

Most buyers make up their minds about a home before they even enter it. If your home is not appealing from the curb, they may not take the time to go inside. Take a good look at your house from the curb and honestly assess its appeal.

Preparing Your Home for Sale: Give your home curb appeal.

THE GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER FOR HOMES THAT SELL

Pay attention to your lawn. Water, fertilize and mow your lawn regularly. Consider fresh sod if your lawn is in bad shape. A well manicured lawn attracts buyers.

DON’T LET PLANTS OR LACK OF PLANTS TURN AWAY BUYERS

Trim back or remove any overgrown plants. Replace dead plants with fresh ones.

ADD SOME COLOR TO YOUR GARDEN

You can plant flowers in the garden or in beautiful pots. If using pots, this is an opportunity to bring additional color to the garden. Use a variety of sizes and keep to a minimum of three coordinating colors.

Preparing Your Home for Sale: Add color to your garden.

REMOVE CLUTTER FROM THE YARD

Put away garbage cans and garden hoses. Keep lawn decorations to a minimum; they distract from the home. Clean out gutters and downspouts.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS ARE IMPORTANT

Does your home have an inviting entryway? Beckon visitors to come in by sprucing up the entryway. If the front door is looking faded, add a fresh coat of paint. Don’t forget the garage door.  Place a new welcome mat at the front door. Place one of those beautiful pots filled with flowers by the front door. Make sure the doorbell works and that the front door(s) open easily. Clean and polish house numbers, door knobs and door knockers. If your mailbox is looking worn, paint it or consider replacing it.

Preparing Your Home for Sale: Create an inviting entryway.

DON’T FORGET THE BACK YARD LANDSCAPING

A back yard plays an important role in many home buying decisions. Assess yours with the same honesty you used on the front yard. Use the principles discussed for the front yard when fixing up the backyard. Keep side yards trimmed and neat, as well.

PEOPLE LIKE TO ENTERTAIN IN THE BACKYARD, MAKE YOURS INVITING

If you have outdoor entertaining areas, take advantage of that and make them stand out. Get rid of any rusted or broken grills, swing sets, patio furniture, pottery, etc. Put hoses, lawn equipment, bikes and toys out of sight.

Preparing Your Home for Sale: Make the backyard inviting.

TREAT THE PORCH LIKE ANY OTHER ROOM

A porch is a very desirable space. Keep it swept and clean. Look over the furniture. Remove any that is distracting, falling apart or cluttering the space. Add flowers and plants in decorative pottery. Adding an outdoor rug will help make this feel like an extension of the interior space.

Preparing Your Home for Sale: Treat your porch like any other room.

These tips and more can be found in my book, The Moving Handbook. In Part 2 of this series, I’ll share some helpful hints to prepare the interior of your home for sale. That post will run later next week.

All Photos: Better Homes and Gardens

Here are links to the rest of the series:

You may also want to check out my post, 8 Fabulous Colors for Front Doors.

Peggy

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