Staging your home begins with reviewing the exterior areas. Buyers will decide within a few moments of driving up to your home wherever they want to make an appointment to see the inside. Here are 3 tips that will make your home stand out above the competition.
1. Update your trim and front door colors if necessary.
Be sure that your trim is not peeling. If it is you need to scrape and paint with a neutral color that complement other exterior elements like your siding, roof, or brick. Your front door can be a stronger accent color that will pop out and increase the overall appeal of the home. Exterior painting is not a pleasant chore but taking the time to spiffy it up will save you having to give your buyer an exterior painting allowance.
2. Spruce up your lighting and house numbers.
Buyers are busy people and most have full time jobs. This means that they may not be making their drive-bys until the evening when it is dark. It is important to have adequate lighting and house numbers that are easily visible. Check all of your bulbs and replace the house numbers if necessary. Staging your home with landscape lighting will help give the impression that your home is homey and welcoming. It looks appealing when installed along your driveway or sidewalks.
3. Address your sidewalks and driveway.
Clean and repair any damages or cracks. Pitted concrete can be repaired. Just visit your local home improvement store to get recommendations. Asphalt should get a new topcoat or sealer if necessary. Be sure that your shrubbery is not growing over the sidewalks. If so, just cut it back. Your goal is make sure that buyers can get to the front door safely with the most attractive path available.
Staging your home on the exterior will increase your curve appeal and have a large impact on whether or not buyers take the next step and schedule an appointment to see the interior.