When you are selling your house, you make sure the inside is spick-and-span, clean, tidy. Sometimes, you even give the walls a fresh coat of paint or change the carpet. In short, you ensure that your home looks neat and warm and inviting.
Yet, one often forgets to pay attention to the exterior of the house – the roof, the chipping paint on the exterior, the curb, the driveway, the front lawn. In fact, these are the things that potential buyers will notice first – what is known as the first impression. So make sure the exterior of your house is as up-to-date as the inside. Here are some useful tips to get you started.
1. The Driveway
We don’t pay attention to the cracks and ditches in our driveway, even though we go up and down it several times a day. Yet, this is one of the first things a potential buyer will realise – if the road to the house they are intending to buy is bumpy and unsightly, they will not be in the most positive mood.
Protect your driveway and the pavement outside your house from cracks, potholes and erosion (which also takes place due to inclement weather) with Asphalt Sealcoating – it preserves the lifespan of your asphalt and becomes one less thing to worry about!
2. Up Your Curb Appeal – And Front Lawn
The curb right outside your house as well as your front lawn is like the gateway to your house – if that looks inviting and pretty, people are going to enter your home with a more positive outlook, so don’t ignore them.
Keep your front lawn mowed and tidy (and make sure there is no debris, weeds or fallen leaves strewn across it) and add colour with some potted plants. Hide your bins from plain view; keep them in the alleyway if you have one. Make sure your gutters are clean, and aren’t overflowing or smelling. If you have a car in the driveway, make sure it is clean and washed. Every small detail matters.
3. Your Door And Windows Say A Lot Too…
Don’t forget to clean your door and windows too as dirty windows spoil the look of the house – both from the inside as well as the outside. Get a professional window cleaner to come do a deep clean every couple of months, and your windows will look as good as new and last you for years to come. Not to mention, they will also set a good first impression to guests and potential buyers.
4. Make The Pathway To Your Home Accessible… And Pretty
If you have a pathway leading to your front door, make sure it is clear and easily accessible. Give it a deep clean and clear out any weeds or moss or dead grass. Repair ditches and cracks, especially if dangerous. Keep it clear of any obstacles. Make sure there is good lighting to guide you.
If you want to add some character, a winding stone pathway or a stepped access can add to the overall look.