Selling in this market may feel more effortless than a few years ago, but it doesn’t mean all the pressure is off. Instead of waiting a few weeks before your house goes on the market, here are five things to do outside now if you are preparing to sell your home.
Your inspector will let you know what you need to do before anyone buys it. They’ll point out foundation cracks you can fill and locate sprinkler or roof issues. Knowing what the inspector finds makes future inspections less stressful because you’ll know what will come up and be able to address it head-on. Not to mention saving you time, money, and stress later.
You may be selling months away, but a good power washing can make a house, porch, and driveway look fresh and ready for new owners. You can clean accumulated dirt in the future. Once it is clean, you can start to take photos for your listing after you’ve prepared the outside.
Set aside a whole day to clean out your gutters, check your window tracks for mold, and make sure everything outside is in proper working order. Sand and repaint any wrought iron, secure any leaning fence posts, and take an extra minute to fix the squeaky flag on the mailbox.
Depending on the time of year, take a look at what you need to do for landscaping. If the kids’ sandbox has been lying in the same place for three years, a few pieces of sod will do the trick, but you’ll want time for them to blend in with the surrounding grass. Have a garden that died in the frost? Pull the dead plants now, and start looking for replacements, so they will be blooming when the buyers come looking.
As much as you stage the inside of the house for buyers, take a step back and see what you could do to give an extra boost to the house. Could you paint the front door a fun color? If your HOA vetoes the orange entry door, you could purchase a beautiful wreath or find a unique way to display your house numbers. An outdoor rocking chair helps buyers imagine themselves sitting there sipping tea after a long week.
As far off as moving out of your house may feel, there are many things you can do now to help alleviate stress down the road and help you feel more at home in the meantime. So roll up your sleeves, and let us know which of these you will put into action first!
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