The exterior landscape of your home is just as important as the interior of your home. Curb appeal is the basis of the first impression of your home for potential buyers. If it’s not up to par with the neighborhood, for example, potential buyers may continue driving by, and might not step inside your home at all.
Avoiding this lost opportunity can be avoided with a few simple steps to update and maintain a beautiful exterior.
First, clean up your landscaping. It sounds simple, but a desert landscape strewn with weeds and overgrown trees screams deferred maintenance or laziness, which may translate into buyers thinking this applies to the rest of the home. Your driveway and paths also need the same cleaning treatment. With a good sweeping or power washing of these areas, buyers won’t be distracted by any dirt or messiness.
If your home has a front porch or patio area, or even a large entry way, place a chair or two here, to showcase a conversation area to your potential buyers as they are walking into your home. However, the decluttering and simplifying rule that applies to the interior of your home also applies to the exterior and landscaping, so be sure to remove any yard or lawn art from your front yard and entry way.
How does your front door look? First impressions really carry through here, as potential buyers will have a moment or two waiting at the entry of your home as the door is opened to them. Keeping the door fresh and clean, and free of decorations is yet another way to showcase the architecture and beauty of your home. Finally, be sure that your windows sparkle in the Arizona sun, so buyers looking out to the front yard can appreciate the fruits of your labor.