Staging Tips to Spruce Up the Exterior of Your Home

Staging Tips to Spruce Up the Exterior of Your Home START WITH THE YARD If it is not part of the yard decor, store it away. When in doubt, pick up everything that is movable and store it away. Don't allow the backyard to become storage grounds for gardening tools, sacks of compost, stashes of firewood, kids toys, and all sorts of containers. For many homeowners this is the hardest part of preparing your house for the local real estate market, as there is often so much to do. STORE JUNK OR GIVE IT AWAY A good rule of thumb is if you have not used the item in the last year or have no desire to protect it from the elements, it may be an ideal time to make the decision on whether or not you need to retain the item(s). Build a garden shed from recycled materials Put the items in a professional siorage facility Have a giant yard sale, and even dónate or give away the items DO-IT-YOURSELF LANDSCAPING Inspect the bushes and trees to see if they need pruning Mark the lawn borders with strips of gravel, mulch, or decorative brick/wood Mow the lawn and edge if necessary Water the lawn so it looks healthy and maintained Sweep the walkways and pull out any weeds that might be growing in the garden beds Ensure benches, water features, or yard sculptures are well maintained SPRUCE UP THE CURB APPEAL Does your driveway have an edge? Installing one will prevent the lawn and dirt from invading the driveway, prevent erosion, and give your home's front view an elegant and crisp look. ITEMS YOU CAN USE FLOWERS BRICKS PAVERS STONE PAINT IT A fresh coat of paint protects the house from the elements and increases the likelihood that consumers will find the outside of your home appealing. You have two paint types at your disposal, water-based or oil-based paint. Each type has its own set óf benefits and downsides. WATER-BASED PAINTS (often referred to as acrylic or latex) OIL-BASED PAINTS (often referred to as enamel) odorless, dries quickly, and the tools can be cleaned up with water and soap strong odor, dries very slowly, very stain-resistánt, durable, typically cleaned up with mineral páint thinner UPSCALE THE FRONT DOOR BUY A NEW DOOR PAINT AN EXISTING DOOR When choosing a new door, look for one that resonates with the house style and color scheme. Solid wood doors are emerging again as a growing trend among ărchitects. If treated properly, solid wood is age resistant and will last for many years, increasing your home value. Remove it from the hinges and after laying it flat scrub the old paint using fine- grit sandpaper. Foam rollers work great on wood surfaces as they minimize the brush marks. Still, you will need a smaller brush for the detailed work. POLISH THE HARDWARE The devil is in the details, and sometimes inconspicuous and seemingly unimportant things can improve the curb appeal. FRONT DOOR LOCK AND HANDLE LIGHT FIXTURES Try polishing to get back their old spark and charm or consíder changing them out for something more functional Clean any rusty or smudged light fixtures and get them looking as best as you can OUTDOOR LIGHTING CURB APPEAL Improves the curb appeal and gives your property an inviting look and feel WELCOMING SIGHT A well-lit home enshrouded in greenery is a welcoming sight to anyone visiting STAND OUT after dark Will make your home stand out in a row of dimly-lit and curtained neighboring houses BURGLAR DETERRENT A side benefit is it will perform as a great deterrent for burglars POWER WASH FOR PERFECTION Power wash everything that is dirty or stained, to ensure buyers are not distracted by unsightly stains. CONCRETE ITEMS TO POWER WASH DECKS SIDING STEPS THE LITTLE THINGS welcome Ensure all light bulbs work Put a fresh welcome mat at the door Remove dead flowers and planters Clean the windows With a little planning and a bit of work, your home will look warm and inviting for all potential buyers who stop by. Stage the exterior of your home to sell and you will be surprised with the results. COLDWELL BANKER O (478) 960-8055 (C) / (478) 953-8595 x227 (0) SSK, REALTORS ©Anita Clark Source: %24

Staging Tips to Spruce Up the Exterior of Your Home

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Here are several exterior staging tips to spruce up the exterior of your home and put it in its best light for visiting consumers.


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