Most buyers make up their minds about your house in the first 30 seconds after pulling up outside. So it's vital you make the outside of your home as attractive as possible if you want to get the best price you can. After all, a neat and tidy, well-cared for home will beat a rundown, shabby house any day. Here are some easy tips.
Mow the lawns and keep the flower beds neat:
This will give buyers the impression they can move in right away without maintenance headaches.
Add colorful flowers:
Invest in some planter plots and fill them with beautiful blooms to give extra impact to your home's entrance.
The front door:
Make sure it's freshly painted to look bright and inviting. Polish the doorknob and street numerals, too.
Screen unsightly areas:
Lattice or bamboo screens are available cheaply and will block any ugly vistas.
Move the toys:
While it's OK to have a child's bike outside in a family-friendly area, remove any toys strewn over the yard.
Get that manicured look:
Add mulch or compost around flowerbeds to make your garden and plants look cared for and healthy.
Keep it clean:
Use a power-washer to give your walkways a clean, fresh look.
Make sure there are no loose shingles or guttering.