First impressions matter. Curb appeal is the initial advertisement of the home for potential buyers. After viewing your home on the Internet, potential buyers will then drive by your home. If the exterior of your home isn’t well-kept, your home showing may turn into a drive-by, with those potential buyers not wanting to bother stepping inside your front door.
Taking a few simple steps to update and maintain your home’s exterior will invite potential home buyers to come closer to check out all that your home has to offer. First, take a closer look at your front yard’s landscaping. Nothing says deferred maintenance like a desert landscape riddled with weeds and overgrown trees. Pruning and trimming all trees and shrubs will allow potential buyers to actually see your home, and will also demonstrate that the current homeowners care about their property, which is a good sign. Placing fresh flowers or desert plants in pots near your walkway or front door is also another quick and inexpensive step to freshen up your home’s exterior and landscape.
Power-washing your driveway, walkway and front entry way are other inexpensive steps that will pay off with a big impact when showcasing your home’s exterior. While you are at it, be sure that your windows sparkle in the Arizona sun, so buyers looking out to the front yard can appreciate and enjoy the fruits of your labor.
In terms of staging your home, if you’re lucky enough to have a patio area or large entry way, place a chair or two here, to showcase a conversation area to your potential buyers as they are walking into your home. Moreover, the decluttering and simplifying rule that applies to the interior of your home also applies to the exterior and landscaping, so be sure to remove any yard or lawn art from your front yard and entry way. Keeping the door clean of decorations is another way to showcase the architecture and beauty of your home without providing unnecessary distractions.
As your realtor, I can give you more specific advice unique to your home and situation to help you maximize your home’s potential in these areas.