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Use These Top 10 Exterior Home Staging Tips To Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal

Posted Tuesday, July 16th, 2019 | 167 views

If you are selling your home, these awesome exterior home staging tips will help you increase your home’s curb appeal and get buyers really interested in viewing it. Remember, the better your home looks to buyers, the more they’ll be willing to offer, and the more inclined they will be to buy.

The following are 10 tips that will easily help you increase your curb appeal, and make your home look like it was properly maintained.

1. Mow the Lawn Regularly

Keep your lawn and garden trimmed, and prim and proper while you’re in selling mode. Its obvious that a front and backyard lawn that’s not been kept doesn’t really say “buy me” to prospecting buyers.

If your lawns look neat and tidy, that will tell the buyer that the inside of the home was maintained and respected too.

2. Fertilize Your Lawn

Green front lawn home staging exampleDepending on the seasons, it might be wise to throw down a little fertilizer onto your lawn so it looks green and healthy by the time buyers are ready for viewings. Some lawn fertilizers are so strong that you’ll start seeing results only after a few days, and at most a few weeks.

A healthy looking front lawn and backyard can go a long way to showing potential home buyers that you cared and maintained your home, and that it will be worth living in it.

3. Power Spray Your Curb and Sidewalk

This may seem a little strange but nothing says good neighbourhood like like a nice clean sidewalk and curb. It’s not hard to do, and you can rent a power wash machine for as little as $50.00 a day. See Northgate Rental for more details.

If you’re feeling brave, power-wash your neighbours sidewalks and curb too so the after effect will look more natural to the whole neighbourhood instead of only your house.

4. Power Spray Your Brick or Siding

While you’re power washing your sidewalk and curb, bring the machine a little closer to your home and give it a wash-down too! You’d be surprised at how much dirt builds up only after a few months of exposure to the elements, and there’s nothing more pleasing than watch all the dirt drain away.

People looking for a new home are hoping to find a house that’s clean and been cared for.

5. Paint a Few Areas

There’s a slew of external areas of the home you can paint that will increase its curb appeal. Some of the main areas you can start with are your front door, your garage, and the siding. As mentioned above, people looking for a new home want to get the feeling that the home has been cared for and clean bright colours do just that.

You can view all the possible areas of the outside of your home to paint here to get some great tips on how to increase your homes value.

6. Wash Your Windows

You never really know how dirty your windows were until you actually wash them. Nice crystal clear windows truly make a home look like it was properly maintained and buyers can definitely tell. Even if your windows are old, shining them up as much as possible will still go a long way and compliment the look of your home.

There are quite a few websites out there that offer tips of properly cleaning your home windows, but if you don’t have the time, you can hire someone locally to do it for you.

Remember to clean both the outside and the inside and make sure you don’t leave any streaks behind.

7. Place Pots of Plants & Flowers On Your Front Porch

Adding pots of flowers to front porchWhen you place attractive pots of flowers and plants on your front porch visitors really get the feeling that the home is welcoming. They want their visitors to feel welcomed into their new home too and a set of flower pots definitely makes the front porch look nicer.

Your best bet is to buy pots that are attractive, mature, but not terribly expensive. You simple want to make the area look like it is looked after and cared for. An empty front porch is simply boring and isn’t inviting.

You can also add a welcome mat, clean up your mail box, power spray the front porch, wash your front-door windows and hang something interesting on your front-door like a wreath or some flowers.

8. Seal Your Driveway

If your driveway appears old, or dried right out, getting it sealed would be a perfect way to make the overall appearance of your home look better, and again, look cared for. New home buyers become more interested in homes that look like they’ve been maintained in contrast to a home that looks broken and unkempt.

To seal your driveway you’re looking at a small cost of anywhere between $150.00 for a basic seal, to approximately $300. All you have to do is call a local sealer near you, and they’ll be out within a few days max. After they apply the driveway seal, you’ll need to wait a few days (usually less than 36 hours) before you can part your car or walk on it again.

9. Keep Your External Lights On

Keeping your external lights on is important because sometimes open houses take place late in the evening, and at other times potential home buyers come back later to take a second look, especially if they’re really interested.

When the lights are on your home looks alive and invokes a feeling of warmth and invite. Everything that you’ve taken care of from cleaning up and adding new items, is easily seen and looks truly pleasant.

10. Double Check That Everything is Clean

I may have missed some areas of the home that can be optimized for when buyers want to take a look at it. So because of that I advise you to do a one-over of all the external areas of your home and make sure everything is looking tip top. Finish up by trimming your hedges, cleaning up your garden, organizing around your shed, washing down your pool, cleaning up any debris, and putting everything that doesn’t need to be out away.

The Take Home

If you’ve followed the tips laid out above, once you seal your driveway you’ll really see the difference it makes in the external appearance of your home.

Remember, potential buyers don’t only want the inside of your home to look appealing and livable, they also want a home that’s going to look great to other people on the block and their visitors.

If you’re thinking about putting your house up for sale, follow some of the points in this article and get in touch with us about home staging in general if you’re interested in finding out how it’s done and some of the general costs.

By Wally Olivieri

Wally Olivieri Brantford RealtorWally Olivieri is a Brantford Realtor with over 20+ years experience in negotiating the very best deal possible for her clients and helping them save as much money as possible. He's recognized by the industry and his brokerages for his dedication and first class customer service.

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