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Get ready to sell: Part 2 - Outside your home

Blog by Robert Matthews | February 22nd, 2016

You know what they say - it's all about the curb appeal. Yes, chances are your home is in great demand in this current market. But regardless, you do want to maximize your sales price.

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In this market especially, a bit of time, money and effort spent on your home's exterior may result in many thousands of dollars more to your bottom line. 

So along with minor repairs and maintenance inside your home, you'll want to spruce up the outside of your home as well. Here’s a list of items I recommend my clients begin working on a few weeks prior to listing their home:
  • Fix or replace damaged or worn out:
    • decking
    • railings
    • steps and walkways (e.g., cracked or broken concrete)
    • fences
    • gutters
    • windows
    • light fixtures
  • Touch up exterior paint and trim. Consider a fresh coat of paint for all exterior areas.
  • Power-wash concrete surfaces and stucco. Whether you do it yourself or hire someone, this will pay off when it comes time to sell.   
  • A freshly painted front door sets a good first impression. Ensure the entire front entrance is clean and clear of debris and extraneous items. If you can swing it, consider replacing the door entirely if it's particularly worn or out dated.
  • Clear the garage. If possible, vehicles only!  Store boxes, toys, and out-of-season sporting equipment elsewhere. Clean floors and walls.
  • Spruce up your lawn. Replace dead or dry patches with fresh turf. Feed and water regularly.
  • Trim trees and hedges. Consider flower or shrub plantings to freshen your garden.
  • Consider freshening garden beds and unfinished yard areas with a layer of bark mulch.