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Essential Outdoor Maintenance Tips for Showing Your Home

You’re probably aware that appearance means a lot when selling a home. Maybe you’ve already started working on cleaning, decluttering, and staging. But have you considered the exterior of your home yet? You might be missing out on some essential outdoor maintenance tasks.

These Essential Outdoor Maintenance Tips Can Transform Your Home

a home for sale in albuquerque

Before you get too caught up on the interior of your home, remember that the first thing a buyer sees is actually the exterior! And if they don’t like what they see from the curb, they might not bother to continue on inside. So take a little time to spruce up the outside of your home—front and back—to give your buyers something to fall in love with at first sight.

Here’s how to get started.

Mow the lawn (if you have it)

mowing the lawn

One of the simplest things you can do for your home is to say on top of the mowing! An overgrown yard looks messy and can be a haven for weeds and other unwelcome plants. Regular mowing will keep your grass healthy and looking well maintained.

Work on your landscaping

a house with good landcaping

Many homes in the Albuquerque area don’t have a lot of lawn, thanks to the dry climate. But you probably have some kind of plant life out in your yard, so pay attention to it. Does it need to be trimmed back? Watered? Weeded? Is it lacking all together?

Spruce up your entry

a home with a nice entryway

Your entry should welcome visitors into your home. If yours is empty or in ill-repair, it might not make buyers too eager to come inside. Consider some simple improvements like painting your front door, replacing your doorknob and house numbers, and adding a new seasonal wreath and welcome mat.

Inspect your roof

inspecting the roof

Next, take a glance upwards. How does your roof look? Can you spot any missing or crooked shingles? Is there any growth or rot? Is there any rust or cracking on the caulking around your flashing? If you’re not sure what to look for, consider having your roof inspected. While completely replacing your roof might be a costly project, minor repairs could be worth the expense to avoid deterring buyers with deterioration.

Powerwash your home

powerwashing a home

Next, take a look at your siding. Is it looking dirty, dingy, or a little worse for the wear? You might benefit from some powerwashing. You may also want to inspect your siding for any cracked, mildewy, or missing siding. Minor repairs or even a paint job might help to bring some new life to tired siding.

Clean and/or refinish your deck

a pool deck at night

If you’re pressure washing your siding, you might as well wash your deck, too! If your deck is made of wood, consider whether it would benefit from being refinished or repainted. Refinishing doesn’t just improve appearances; it can actually prolong your deck’s longevity, too.

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The “ABC’s” of Home Selling

So you’ve decided to sell your home, but you don’t know where to start.  Good news! You’ve already done the hard part. Deciding to sell is the first step on your real estate journey.

Selling your property can be a time-consuming process, but with knowledge and a little preparation, it can be as simple as ABC.

“A”: Agent

Once you decide to list your home, choosing an agent is the next step. Statistically, homes for sale by owner sell less quickly and for less money, so choosing an agent that knows your area and specific market is crucial.

Make a list and interview potential agents with questions like “what is your marketing strategy”,  and “what is your average list-price-to-sales-price ratio?”. You may also want to ask for references of past clients. These agents will be your most powerful resource in selling your home, so feel confident in your choice!

 

“B”: Beautify

After choosing an agent, the next step is to prepare your house for sale. Work from the outside in, creating curb appeal for your home that will invite potential buyers inside. Consider planting flowers, painting shutters, or power washing the face of your home.

Upon successfully bringing potential buyers inside it’s time to focus on sealing the deal. Depersonalizing your space by removing distracting decor and family photos creates a neutral palette that allows buyers to envision themselves living in the space.

Take the opportunity in the process of decluttering to deep clean the space, and repair or replace any imperfections throughout the house. No detail is too small to be noticed!

“C”: Closing

Now that your home is staged and your agent is working to market your house to many potential buyers, it’s time to focus on driving the sale. There are many pricing strategies you can implement during this time, and it’s best to get your real estate agent’s opinion.

While home value estimators are great for getting an idea of the value of your home, take advantage of your agent’s knowledge and experience with your local market. Your agent will have your best interests at heart, and help maximize the value of your property.

 

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