Let’s get right to the projects that will get those home buyers into your house. Some projects are pretty basic. Cut your lawn and keep it trimmed. The walkway to your front door should be free of weeds and grass. Make sure all of your shrubs are trimmed and no higher that the window sills. Those projects won’t cost any money, just a bit of effort and if you really want to splurge, you can purchase a pair of knee pads and work gloves for pulling out all those weeds in the walkway.
Now step back and take a look. Do you have too many shrubs? Less is more! You don’t want the front of your home to look crowded (crowded = cluttered). If you can, take out the extra shrubs that aren’t looking the best. On the other hand, if the front of your house is lacking in greenery, you can always throw in a few Hosta’s or ornamental grasses. To finish off the garden beds in the front, edge and add some fresh mulch.
Now to the front door. Perhaps, new hardware, a fresh coat of paint, and a new welcome mat in front. A hanging plant or a couple of potted plants will add some color and finish it off beautifully. If you have a front porch, a couple of simple wooden rocking chairs adds a touch that says “Welcome to my home”. Another way to add a touch of color would be to add window boxes. However, remember they will need to be maintained to continue to look their best. Keep that in mind. Last of all, wash your windows, inside and outside.
One last thing. No toys, bikes, or anything else left in the front yard.
Step back and admire your hard work.
In Part 3 we will go into the house and start prepping and staging your home for sale.