f you’re selling your home, chances are good you’re familiar with the concept of staging your home. Real estate agents recommend your home look its best to prospective buyers, and home staging is a great way to ensure you receive top dollar. But did you know you should stage the exterior of your home too? Failing to update the look of your home’s exterior can cause buyers to get a bad first impression when they initially arrive to view your home. Whether your audience are luxury home buyers or you are selling your starter home, staging the exterior of your home will have a major impact in the sale of your home. If you want to put exterior home staging to work, here are five elements you should consider tweaking.
Clean Your Exterior Windows and Screens
Nothing says poor maintenance like dirty windows and or window screens. Clean your windows before your first open house. Don’t give visitors the opportunity to question whether your home has been properly maintained or not.
Refresh Your Gardens and Walkways
Most prospective Buyers will conduct a quick drive by first. You want your home to look inviting. Maintain flower beds, weed and trim overgrown bushes. If you’re too busy, hire a professional or neighbor friend to take care of the weeding and trimming flowers. If your yard needs more work, a professional landscaper to refresh your gardens. It is amazing what a refreshed garden can do to your home’s curb appeal.
Refresh Your Home’s Siding
A quick power wash could be all it takes to remove years of dust, dirt and mold. You can attempt this task yourself, but it might be worth your while to hire a professional. Some homeowners have been known to damage their home’s siding by using too forceful a water stream. This is one task that is often best left to experienced professionals. The last thing you want to deal with is replacing siding before an open house.
Update/Clean Door Fixtures and House Address Signage
Something as simple a fresh coat of paint on your front door can give your home a refreshed look. You needn’t spring for a new door; just update the faceplate and/or doorknob. Purchase new address numbers from the local hardware store and you’ll have tweaked the look of your home’s exterior in just a few minutes.
Clean Patio Furniture
Whether you have chairs on your front veranda or a dining set on your back deck, tired patio furniture can cost you big dollars when it comes time to negotiate with a potential homebuyer. Dilapidated patio furniture instantly gives a bad impression and can cause potential homebuyers to request replacement furniture as part of their deal. Spruce up your existing furniture with a quick power wash, or replace it if it is beyond cleaning.
Simple tweaks to the exterior of your home can have a big impact on your home’s final selling price. By spending just a few days improving the look of the outside of your home, you can increase the amount buyers are willing to offer and make your home the cleanest real estate listing on the block. Will you be trying these exterior home staging tricks when you list your home for sale?