With seasonal changes comes seasonal upkeep. Each season presents new chores to keep up with, especially outside. When your house is for sale, it’s vital that you keep up with the curb appeal of your home. When potential buyers see the Buy Owner sign in the front yard, all they have to go off of is the external appearance. When potential buyers visit for an open house, the external appearance is what they judge first. In your ads, the first picture potential buyers will view is usually of the front exterior.
• In order to keep up with the curb appeal as much as possible, consider the natural elements. Fall means raking up leaves and trimming bushes. Winter means shoveling the snow off the driveway and the walkway. Spring means cleaning out the gutters, planting flowers and fixing paint chips. Summer means planting more flowers and mowing the lawn.
• Every couple weeks, stand in front of your house and just look at it. It’s often hard to judge your own home, so consider asking a neighbor or friend for advice too. By stepping away from the home and looking at it from the view of potential buyers, you’re more likely to notice little nicks, cracks or stains that you would otherwise pass right over.
• After taking a good look at your house from a distance, look closely at each individual aspect. Browse the entire scope of the roof and the siding, using binoculars. Walk up the driveway and walkway, while closely reviewing the surface. Stroll through the grass, look up in the trees and brush cobwebs off the bushes. Take your time.
• Handle one issue at a time, so you don’t feel overwhelmed. If the driveway could use a renewal, plan a day to resurface it. Once that chore is complete, wash around the windows that you noticed were collecting spots. Then, trim bushes and pick dead flowers from the pots.
• Continue to enjoy your curb appeal. If you’re proud of the appearance of your home, others will take notice. Relax on the front porch and breathe in the fresh air. Decorate the walkway with annual flowerpots, or with pumpkins and gourds. Build a snowman in the winter. Make the appeal clean, upgraded and homey.