Your Guide to Staging Your Home’s Exterior

Sunday, March 29, 2020, 6:00 AM | Leave Comment

The outside of your home is the first view that potential buyers will see if they drive by the property or look at online photos.

Your home’s external view should be picture perfect to convince shoppers to look inside.

Here are five key outdoor staging areas to attract interested buyers.

Your Guide to Staging Your Home's Exterior

  1. Lawn

    A green, healthy lawn is one of the first things people will notice. Depending on the season and climate, make sure your grass is cut to a suitable height and that weeds have been removed. Put away any toys and pick up yard trash for a fresh look. Trees and shrubs should be neatly trimmed, with flower gardens well kept. Yard décor like bird baths or feeders as well as benches, patio furniture, or kids’ swings and climbing toys should be clean and in good condition.

  2. Roof

    A solid roof is an important feature because a damaged roof can warn buyers about potential issues inside. Missing tiles or broken downspouts need to be repaired to help stage an eye-catching property. Contact professional roofing contractors for an assessment of your roof or to handle any needed repairs before listing the property.

  3. Fencing and Borders

    If your property has fences or other borders alongside the yard or in other visible areas, check to see it is in good condition. Remove leaves and debris from chain link fencing and give a fresh coat of paint or stain to wooden fences. Hang decorative floral baskets or a birdhouse as accent points. Borders of brick, pavers, ground lights, or greenery should be clean and neat. The overall effect of neatness and order suggests the property is well cared for.

  4. Front Entrance

    The front sidewalk, steps, and porch should be swept clean and freshened by power washing or painting. An attractive front door is an appealing eye magnet, especially with updated porch lighting. Windows that are visible from the porch or the front of the home should be clean. A front entrance is a major indicator of the interior of the home, so make your entryway inviting.

  5. Foundation

    Homebuyers or inspectors will check the foundation of the house to be sure it is solid, not cracked or crumbling, and does not slope toward the house to facilitate water leaks. Foundation problems should be addressed before showing the home, with the exterior foundation cleaned or painted.

Take a close look at your property outside to emphasize its best features and to add a few decorative staging elements like porch furniture or yard décor. A home’s impressive exterior can entice buyers to take the next step of checking out the inside of your home.

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