Presenting a good home involves much more than simply tidying up the rooms inside. Ensuring the outside is up to scratch is also extremely important. After all, if a potential buyer doesn’t like what they see when they arrive they will get a poor impression of the property before ever setting foot in it.
Because of this it is crucial that you stage the outside of the home in a similar manner to how you stage the inside. Presentation is key so let’s look at a few things you can do to make sure that first impression counts.
Take Care of the Front Lawn
If the home has a front lawn it needs to be taken care of. This means regularly cutting the grass to make sure it isn’t overgrown and getting rid of any weeds or other undesirable plants that make the lawn look less presentable. In worst case scenarios you may even need to reseed the lawn if there are patches of missing grass. Remember that for many buyers a front lawn is a big selling point and provide added potential for the property, so try to make sure that it lives up to that potential.
Looking After the Driveway
Much like the front lawn a good driveway can play a large part in the first impression a viewer gets when visiting the property. A poorly maintained drive not only looks bad but is potential hazardous for both the car and the person driving it. If you have a paved driveway consider adding an additional coat to make it look sparkling new. Alternatively, if you have a gravel or brick driveway then keep it as tidy as possible and even the brickwork out rather than leaving visible tire tracks for the viewer to see.
Take Care of Peeling Paint
The viewer’s opinion of the property starts forming as soon as they drive up to the property. If they see examples of fixable wear and tear, such as peeling paint, they may begin to feel uneasy about the state of the property as a whole. Stand outside the house and examine it from the pavement. If you notice that there are aspects that don’t look as good as they could it is worth fixing them with a lick of paint to help the house look vibrant and inviting.
A Good Back Garden
We’ve spoken a lot about first impressions here but it is also important to take care of the area of the house that the viewer may see at the end of their tour. A good back garden can be a great selling point for buyers with children or those who enjoy a little bit of gardening so try to ensure it is maintained in much the same way as the front garden. Where possible add some varied plant life in an effort to showcase what can be done with the space and to make it more inviting for people who are viewing it for the first time.