If you are planning to put your house on the market to sell, you will want to assess the outside of your home, as well as the inside. The outside of your home is the first thing that a potential homeowner sees. Here are some tips to help you maximize your outdoor home appeal:
Yard and Gardens: Pick up all broken branches, remove all leaves and plant debris, clean up your garden beds. Keep in mind that focal points are just as important in your outdoor landscaping as they are inside your home. If you have areas of your yard that you would like to minimize, draw the eye to an appealing area with brightly colored pots or flowers. I found these ideas for creating DIY flower beds and hanging flower ideas, click here to view.
Add a fresh layer of mulch. Keep in mind that one cubic yard of mulch, or nine 3-cu-ft bags, will cover a 100 sq ft area to a depth of 3 inches, which is the preferred depth of standard mixed hardwood mulch. To learn more about the different mulch types, click here. Ensure that you have a lovely green lawn. If you plan to take care of this yourself, take a picture of problem areas in your yard and show your local home improvement store for advice on how to correct.
Entrance: Clean your front door, remove all cobwebs, paint trim and shutters. Replace hardware or kick plate. Add a new welcome mat!
The human eye sees yellow first and then red. From the road using pots or flowers of these colors will instantly draw the eye to your front door and attract attention!
Deck and Patio: Be sure the deck has been cleaned and determine if it needs to be stained or painted as this will make a big impact. Ensure that all outside lights have fresh new bulbs (be sure they are labeled for outside use). Consider replacing outdoor fixtures if they are timeworn and rusty looking.
Outdoor furniture: Be sure your outdoor furniture is clean and if needed, repainted. Purchase new cushions or pillows if yours show poorly. Create conversation areas with small tables, pots, and lanterns.
To learn more about the value of home staging, click here. If you need help determining your home staging needs, call 610.955.8202 for an appointment with Debbie!
By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at www.RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz and Google+.