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Three Things You Can Do To Stage The Exterior Of Your Home To Impress Buyers

by Zachary Thompson

If you are planning to sell your home in the near future, then you may have heard about the importance of good staging, or preparing your home to look its best when prospective buyers come calling. However, too often, home sellers spend time and money staging the interior of their homes without considering the impression they are giving buyers before they even walk through the door. A poorly staged home exterior can ruin a potential deal for sellers by providing a negative first impression. That is why it is important for sellers to stage the exteriors of their home, too. Below are some of the most important things you can do to stage the outside of your home:

Neatly trim the landscape and lawn

A weed-infested lawn, with knee-high grass and overgrown shrubs and hedges is not going to help you sell your home, no matter how pretty it looks on the inside. That is why you must take time to keep your lawn neatly mowed and landscape nicely trimmed. If your lawn has brown spots, seek to eliminate those by increasing your watering times or adding the appropriate chemical treatments. In addition, cut woody plant growth away from sidewalks and front entrances to avoid creating a confining appearance; an open look will help add visual space and make would-be buyers more comfortable.

Remove stains from your driveway and sidewalk

Another thing that homeowners may ignore when selling their home is the condition of their driveway and sidewalk. While you may not think it is important, prospective buyers may judge the curb appeal of your home based solely upon the driveway, for example. That is why driveways and sidewalks should be power washed to remove oil or grease stains as well as ingrained soil that an add a dingy appearance. If there are any stubborn stains that won't go away, mix a solution of one-quarter cup of grease-cutting dish soap mixed with two quarts of warm water. Pour the solution on the stains and allow it to soak for several minutes before spraying the paved areas.

Create a welcoming entrance

Right before your home's prospective buyers walk through the front door, you want to create a look and environment that bids them to enter. This can be accomplished via several means, including:

  • Place a clean welcome mat at the front doorstep.

  • Remove cobwebs, dust and other debris that may surround your front door; in addition, be sure to get rid of stinging bug nests.

  • Eliminate any clutter, such as old newspapers, power cords and other objects that are prone to build on door steps.

  • Add splashes of color by planting color annuals in large pots or urns located near the front door.

  • Clean up any odor causing substances, stains or spills that might provide a negative smell for buyers as they walk up to the door.

 For more tips on enhancing the curb appeal of your home, contact a company like Exit Trinity Realty.