If you’re thinking about selling, here’s five things you can do to make your home that much more attractive to prospective buyers before they even step inside.
Preparing your property to sell involves a lot of cleaning, primping and preparing … inside. Most people focus on getting their interiors up to scratch, often forgetting that the exterior of your home is the first thing that buyers will actually see.
If you want your home to make a truly lasting impression, invest some time and a little money in refreshing your outdoor areas too. Here’s how:
Mow your lawn
A green, well-kept lawn can boost the beauty of any home. Remember to keep your grass trimmed and your edges whipper-snipped to ensure buyers are focusing on your property for all the right reasons.
Not only will it make your outdoor areas look nice and neat, but it also cuts down the chances of prospective buyers running across any unwanted guests (spiders, rodents, bugs, snakes, lizards) while considering your home.
Put on a fresh coat of paint (or stain)
Cracked or chipped paint through your outdoor areas is a surefire way to put a prospective buyer off before they even set foot inside. Not only does it make your property look dated and unkempt, it also makes buyers think of costly repairs that may put them off making an offer.
Boost your home’s curb appeal by investing a little money in applying a fresh coat of paint across any outdoor areas that are in need. Don’t forget your decking and fencing either. A little stain can breathe life back into older wood, making your outdoors look fresh and new.
Update your outdoor furniture
Speaking of making your home look old and out of date, if your outdoor furniture setting has seen better days, it might be time to buy new.
Outdoor entertaining areas are a major draw for prospective buyers, so you’ll want yours to look fresh, modern and appealing. A really great, contemporary setting can set the scene, inspiring buyers to envision their new life in your home.
Clean up your beds
When you’re preparing to sell, make sure you pull on those garden gloves to give your beds a good cleanout. Lovely low-maintenance gardens are always an appealing bonus for buyers.
Your cleanup efforts will largely depend on the season in which your selling. For example, if you’re looking to sell in autumn, winterising your gardens is a good idea to keep them looking tidy as the months get cooler.
If you’re selling in the spring, a few new plants and flowers can bring some colour and life into your garden that will boost your home’s appeal. For summer and winter sales, it’s all about maintenance. Just make sure your gardens look clean by weeding and clearing out any old or dead plants, trees or fronds.
Wash your windows and clean your gutters
As a bare minimum when preparing your home for sale, you should definitely do a quick exterior clean. That means washing your windows and clearing out your gutters.
Together with a freshly mowed lawn (see above), this trifecta of minimal effort packs a punch in terms of making your home look presentable. Even better, it doesn’t cost a dime. All you need is a weekend and a little elbow grease to get your home’s exteriors up to scratch.