How to Prepare the Exterior of Your Home for Sale
By William Dukes
Few things are more stressful than putting your home on the market. You have to get the carpet cleaned, cabinets polished, and touch up areas that need painting. But what about the outside of your home? Taking the time to update your home’s exterior can have just as much of an impact when it comes to grabbing the potential buyer. There are a few essential areas to focus on when adding to your home’s curb appeal.
One of the best ways to brighten up a home is to power-wash the wood and stone areas of the yard. Power washing is easy, and you can rent or borrow the tools from a neighbor. Dirt and grime built up on walkways, concrete, and brickwork around a house can mask the beauty of the home. Power-washing the deck and the bricks or siding will take away any mildew or dirt that could have crept onto the house over winter.
Touch Up the Paint
While giving the house a full paint job may be financially out of reach, you can still make a big difference with touch-up paint in just a few areas. Take notice of the areas that are often worn around a house such as window trims and especially the front door (inside and out). Grab a can of leftover paint from the garage and touch up those tired places that need a bit of a lift.
Maintain the Yard
Your Lawn is one of the most important parts of your home, and having an overgrown lawn can take away curb appeal. Regular mowing, fertilizing, and watering are all crucial to keeping your lawn looking green and lush in Houston’s heat. Start your lawn care regimen at least a couple months before you put your home on the market. A great looking lawn doesn’t happen overnight.
Start by mowing as frequently as possible, so that you cut off as little grass as possible — never more than one-third of the grass length. The humid climate means that grass grows quickly here. You’ll also want to make sure you aerate and overseed your lawn, ideally at the same time during fall or spring. Watering regularly — especially during summertime — is also critical to maintaining a healthy lawn.
When you get ready to sell, be sure you pick up all leaves and debris and use a string trimmer to cut a nice, clean edge around the curbs and walkways. That edge makes all the difference.
Remember that the backyard is just as important when selling a Houston home. Many potential buyers in the Houston market want the ability to enjoy the outdoors in their backyard year-round. Creating a comfortable outdoor living space that is both shaded from the Texas sun, as well as somewhat private, is an excellent way to show the endless possibilities of your yard. Staging the interior of your home is essential as well. Consider picking up a few new outdoor pillows or side tables that will help pull together the space.
Plant Pops of Color
Plant beautiful blooms in the yard that will attract everyone’s eye. Houston native plants, including Indian blanket and Gulf Coast penstemon, look great planted along a walkway or around shade trees. Other options include adding these flowers to containers placed near the front door or beside a patio or deck, where buyers can see them. Native flowers not only provide a boost of color, but they also attract pollinators such as butterflies and hummingbirds.
It can be hard to know what to focus on when preparing your home for the real estate market. Taking the time to spruce up will help attract new buyers and sell your house quickly. Consider all these tips on how to prepare the exterior of your home for sale this season.
William Dukes is a freelance writer and home decorator. He spends most of his time landscaping and fixing up and flipping old houses. He and his wife enjoy home DIY projects and recently built a new barn for their ranch.