Are you thinking about selling your home? Want to make it easier to excite a potential buyer to make you an offer? Just put yourself in that house-hunter’s shoes and then it won’t be so hard to know what you need to do. First of all, outside appearance can make a big difference in how someone views your home. And for good reason. If the easy, outside stuff has not been properly cared for, there is a good chance the inside, harder-to-care-for stuff has also been neglected. At least that is the impression you could give, even if it is not true.
So get out some garbage bags and start picking up all the trash, debris and other unsightly stuff which is laying around the outside of your home. This is a pretty inexpensive and easy way to actually increase the value of your home. A neat, clean appearance goes a long way to telling a potential buyer that you care. The first rule of thumb is to always “spend money on things the buyer can see.”
If there is a large amount of oversized clutter, like an old car transmission lying in the yard or the rain gutter that fell off the roof two years ago still lying in the driveway, and then hire some workers to remove the unsightly items and fix the gutter. Spending the money will at least prevent some of your prospective buyers from driving away from your house without even stepping inside.
Prune hedges, cut the grass, pull the weeds, trim the roses, and generally make your garden and yard presentable. Once you have trimmed and pruned and now can actually see the house that was under all the overgrown vegetation, you might find that you need a paint job. So get to it. You might see a pretty dirty roof once some of the overgrown trees have been thinned. Then power-wash the roof. It makes a big difference. Using this advice you should be able to improve considerably your ability to sell your home at a good price, with a minimum of effort.