If you take the effort to ensure that the outside of your home is appealing, then it will make certain that
potential buyers will want to look at the interior as well. Therefore, it's obvious that you should work on the
outside of your home for precisely that reason.
So let's get started with the tips…
Tip #1 Tidy Up Outside
Take the time to walk around your property wearing good thick gloves, and carrying a garbage bag. Pick up every
bit of refuse, yard waste, and other unsightly things, and throw them away. When the garbage is gone, then do
another lap and remove all of the clutter outside. This can include things such as:
* Kids' toys
* Yard care tools (wheelbarrows, lawn mowers, weeding tools, garden hoses, etc.)
Depending on how you usually keep your property, this one effort can make a staggering difference to the outer
appearance of your home.
Tip #2 Trim Shrubbery
Shrubbery and other greenery that has an unkempt appearance can often be misconstrued as a sign of neglect, and
gives a bad impression of your house overall. Prospective homebuyers who see shrubbery that has not been well
maintained may not even be aware of their observation, but it will have an impact on the way they view your
property as a whole.
If they do observe the unkempt shrubbery directly, they may make the assumption that the rest of the home has
not been properly maintained.
Keep bushes and shrubs neat, and well-shaped, to give the overall impression that the entire property has been
well cared for.
For that added touch, try to keep the shrubbery in line with the other greenery and outdoor decorations that you
have on your property. This will be even more eye-pleasing from the street level, creating more interest.
Should the size of your shrubbery be such that it makes walking up to your home a challenge, you should consider
taking them out. Shrubbery that is too large not only makes the home appear much smaller, but it also creates a
hazard where safety is concerned.
This may also make prospective buyers think of it as a hindrance because they'll think of it as something that
will need to be taken care of; this even before they've even entered your home.
It's a very inexpensive task that you can do yourself, and it shouldn't take more than a couple of hours of your
time to get done. If you don't have the time, the ability, or the inclination to trim the shrubbery, don't just let
it go. This can only risk losing a lot of time and money in the long run.
Instead, consider hiring a professional. This will cost approximately $35 to $45 per hour, but it will be well
worth the small investment in the end.
With a bit of luck, you'll only need to do it once before your home is sold – a one time effort that will go a
very long way.
Flowers, especially bright flowers, can liven up the exterior of your home very inexpensively and easily. They
needn't be expensive or exotic. Even the cheapest, easy-care, low maintenance flowers will do just fine, such
* sweet alyssum,
* And bachelor's buttons.
Your local garden center will be able to help you make the best choice for your location and purpose. Remember
that annuals are cheaper than perennials, so they'll suit your purpose perfectly. Keep in mind also that mixing
bright colors like pink and yellow give a much happier appearance to the home than darker purples.
Flowers are an especially nice touch under windows, on porches, and in flower beds. They create a special level
of warmth and depth, making your property appears cared for as well as enjoyed.
A property that has a well manicured lawn has one of the best chances at showing pride in ownership than any
other outdoor technique.
For one thing, there is a large upswing in the priority that homeowners place in their outdoor living
Therefore, the landscaping of your front yard (especially) as well as that of your back yard should look its
very best when it's selling time. Your landscaping will make a huge contribution to the resale value of your home,
so make sure that it's doing its best to help you out.
In fact, studies have shown that when the landscaping of a home is in excellent condition, it can sell for about
4 to 5 percent higher, while homes with landscaping in very poor condition can sell for 8 to 10 percent less.
That's a huge difference in the overall selling price of your home.
You might be wondering exactly how much time you should dedicate to sprucing up the landscape of your property.
How much time and money is worth it for your sale?
Even if you put a minimal amount of money, effort, and time in to your landscaping, it will help you in selling
your home, and perhaps even getting a boost in the selling price. Every effort you make will help.
However, don't overdo it. Remember that it's not a selling feature; it's only something to help the overall
appeal of your property, so that the other selling features will be better appreciated.
You should keep your lawn mowed so that it is even, and neatly short. Keep it well weeded, as these will only
appear as blemishes to your landscaping. Make sure to use a weed eater to do the edges, as this gives your work a
superior finish touch.
If there are any “bald” patches in your lawn, buy a small bag of seed and care for the spot, filling it in. This
is especially important if you have a dog who digs or who leaves “pet damage” where s/he does his or her
After you fill in the dead spots that your dog has left, make sure to water the areas after your dog “waters,”
to prevent new dead patches from forming. Watering the areas will dilute the urine to stop it from burning the
This effort makes an immeasurable difference in the overall neatness of the house, and the impression that it
will leave potential buyers.
After taking a beating from the elements, and having worn from time, porch railings have been known to become
wobbly. This is a safety hazard, to say the least, but it's also very unattractive.
Railings that are loose can damage the steps to which they're attached. This can only mean a higher cost for
repairs that are made, in order to ensure that the steps are safe.
If your railing is a bit loose, have a good look at it. Many times all that is required is a tightening of
bolts, and the railing is as good as new.
The majority of porch railings are attached with lag bolts; these are large screws with a head that looks like a
bolt. Should these become loose, all you need is an adjustable wrench to tighten them (turning them
clockwise…remember: leftie = loosie and rightie = tightie).
At times, if the railings have been screwed into the brick of your home, the sheath may have broken or worn
down. If this happens to your railing, you need to replace the sheath. Don't worry; this is neither expensive nor
costly. You can buy them at any hardware store.
When you remove the screws and sheaths to replace them, the railing will come off, so be sure you're ready to
support it and then put it somewhere. You'll need a screwdriver and about twenty minutes to accomplish this
Once the new sheath is in place, just screw the railing back on. Make sure to test the railing for security when
you get it on again.
If you are extremely challenged in the home-repair department, or if you simply don't have a moment to spare,
you can always hire a professional to do the job. They'll cost anywhere from $40 to $100 per hour to do the
Tip #6 Maintain Shutters
Shutters can be a charming touch to any home. When they're well maintained and in good shape, they can add a
warm, comforting touch to brick, stone, or just about any other finish.
However, if they're not well maintained, and are in bad shape, they are one of the fastest ways to make your
home appear to be neglected; especially to prospective buyers.
Fortunately, they don't take a lot of skill or time to repair if they're looking a little bit rough. When it
comes to the majority of shutters, a quick sanding and one or two coats of exterior house paint can make your
shutters look as good as if they were new.
Though it might take a little bit of extra time, it's wise to remove the shutters from the house before you
start sanding and painting them. You can make an excellent work table out of an old plank or door set up on two
Clean the shutters of any dirt with a clean rag, then give them a light sanding. Wipe them again, to remove the
dust from sanding. Now they're ready to be painted.
You can either spray paint them, or brush on the paint; either will give a nice end result. They will need
either one or two coats, depending on your preference, and the appearance you want to attain. Make sure that
they've been allowed to dry fully before you reattach them to your home.
A large number of houses are made out of brick, with small amounts of wooden trim. These wooden touches are
usually located on porches and small areas on the ends of your home.
As time passes, these wood places have a tendency to become worn, with cracked and dull looking paint.
Give your wooden accents a touch up of paint and the entire exterior of your home will have a fresh new
Depending on how much wooden trim you have, once you purchase the right amount of exterior paint, it shouldn't
take you more than two or three hours to finish this task.
Occasionally, you may need to sand the area before you can paint it. Sanding helps the new paint cure much
better than if you'd applied it directly onto the old paint – especially if the previous coat had a cracked
A palm sander is the ideal solution to getting this part of the project done quickly and easily.
Beyond the wooden points, have a look at the paint on the downspout, gutters, and anywhere else that has paint.
None of these should be cracked, faded or peeling. If they are: repaint.
Though this may seem like a rather silly little task, it will make all the difference when it comes to selling
your home. This isn't because potential buyers want to see clear numbers before they purchase your home – it's
because they need to be able to find your home if they want to find out more about it, or have a look.
If a prospective buyer can't find your home due to a lack of visible house numbers, all of your other efforts to
create lovely curb appeal may have been in vain.
If your house number is carved into the exterior surface of the building, be certain that it can still be seen
from the street. If they are a struggle to see, and they are recessed into the brick or stone, simply paint the
numbers a crisp, clean color, so that they will stand out.
A simple technique for completing this task quickly and easily is by using a cotton swab which has been dipped
into paint. Carefully apply this into the engraved numbers. You'll be surprised at what a professional result you
House numbers that have been mounted onto the house, such as over the garage, should also be visible from the
street. Make sure they're in good condition, and still match your home. Perhaps the house has gone through some
changes since the numbers went up, and now they're not quite so stylish anymore.
If the house numbers are rusty, if they have pieces missing, or if a number altogether is gone, it's a good idea
to paint or replace them.
They are readily available at hardware stores and home building centers, and you can obtain some pleasant
looking ones inexpensively. It will make all the difference to your prospective buyers.
The same goes for numbers that are located on mailboxes. If they are incomplete, torn, or otherwise
unattractive, simply replace them or stencil new ones onto the mailbox.
This makes your home easier to find, more inviting, and gives an impression that your home has been well cared
Tip #9 Beautify the Front Entrance
The front entrance, including the front door, the porch, and the windows nearby, are the gateway from the
outside to the inside.
Since there will be a moment while the prospective clients – or the real estate agent – knock on the door, or
open it, there will be a moment where they pause right in the entry, and will likely get a very close-up, very
detailed impression of your home.
These are also an important focal point when it comes to curb appeal, so be certain that they're in tip-top
shape. This is where the future owners, as well as all of their guests will enter their new home. It will be
important to the eye and to the heart.
The door itself must look sharp. If needed, a fresh coat of paint can make all the difference to a pleasant,
inviting, and well-maintained home.
Be certain that the hardware – such as the doorknob, the latch, the hinges, etc – are all freshly painted or
polished. It gives an extra level of overall attractiveness.
Other useful steps to improve the entryway include:
* A freshly painted/replaced mailbox
* Bright, functioning porch lights
* A new (un-tattered) welcome mat
If you have a doorbell, make sure that it is working, or remove it altogether. As with the front light, one of
the things that can create the worst impression for your home is to have basic elements not functioning properly.
This will make the prospective buyer wonder what else has not been your top priority for maintenance.
After the entrance improvements have been made, have a look at the overall building.
* Is the siding clean?
* Are the windows clean?
* Are the gutters clean from the outside?
* Are corners and indents free of spider webs and vines?
* Is the walkway clean enough that it has a defined edge, and doesn't have mud or other dirt creeping over
the sides or across the middle?
* How about the stairs?
Remember, your goal for the best possible curb appeal is a neat, clean, well maintained atmosphere. Take care of
these different factors to clean up the atmosphere of your home.
All of these items can be easily performed in a few hours, and they'll make an enormous difference for selling