With the challenges of the pandemic, curb appeal is more important than ever. Buyers may be limiting their in-person tours or otherwise placing more emphasis on what they can see from the outside. Consider these steps to make the most out of your listings:
Start With the Lawn
A tidy lawn always looks appealing. Make sure it’s mowed and edged regularly, and consider filling in any bare spots with seed or fresh sod.
Give Space to Shrubs and Trees
Shrubs and trees near the house should accent the structure, not cover it. Cut them back to make space between the plants.
Add Color and Mulch
Put colorful flowers in front beds and remove any weeds or dead plants. Pour a fresh layer of mulch on all beds and around trees.
Consider Paint or Repairs
Take a critical look at the front of the house. You may not care about a crooked shutter, rotten siding, or fading paint, but buyers will. Calculate what it would cost to make a few high visibility improvements.
Power Wash Hard Surfaces
Get rid of dirt or mold on patios, walkways, and driveways with a pressure washer and some gentle soap.
Put away children’s toys, park vehicles in the garage or down the street, and store tools and yard equipment out of sight.
Ask for Another Opinion
You can’t fix every flaw or please all potential buyers, but taking these steps will go a long way toward improved curb appeal. For recommendations specific to your property, talk to a REALTOR®. He or she has the expertise to know what buyers are looking for in your market.