Staging Your Home Exterior

If 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.

Did You Know? You never get a 2nd chance to make a great first impression?

Did You Know? If a potential buyer doesn’t even get out of their car, they won’t see the inside of your house?

Curb appeal is a wonderful way to attract buyers to your home, whether your audience is luxury home buyers or you are selling your starter home. If you want to put exterior home staging to work, here are five elements you should consider.

Clean Your Exterior Windows and Screens
  Nothing says poor maintenance like dirty windows and window screens. Put on a set of ‘Buyer Eye Glasses’ and take a look at your windows, screens and doors.  Are they clean and dust free or they are caked with dust or muck from the last rainstorm or our valley agricultural dust? Any open house visitors are going to wonder what other maintenance jobs you haven’t attended to. Don’t give visitors the opportunity to question whether your home has been properly maintained.

Refresh Your Gardens and Walkways
  Just like dirty windows are a real estate faux pas, so are unkempt flower beds. Weeds and overgrown bushes tell visitors you can’t be bothered with the small stuff. Spend a day removing weeds and trimming flowers, or hire 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  
No, you don’t have to replace your home’s siding. A quick power wash could be all it takes to remove years of dust and grime. 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 as a new doorknob or address signage can give your home a refreshed look. You needn’t spring for a new door; just update the face-plate 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 home buyer. Dilapidated patio furniture instantly gives a bad impression. Spruce up your existing furniture with a quick power wash, replace it or simply get rid of 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 in the area.

Did You Know? I’ll cover all of these topics with you when we list your home. With 25+ years of real estate experience, not only will I help you prioritize, I also have a long list of reasonably priced professionals that can help you if you need it.

As Always Keep Your Castle In Great Shape!