The arrival of warm weather signals fun in the backyard with friends and family and that’s how you want a potential buyer to see it when they visit one of your listings.
It’s the perfect time to quickly get your sellers to paint outdoors, or at least touch up obvious shabby points. Adding flowers and color, cleaning up shrubbery and weeds also lend to the oh so important curb appeal.
The last thing you want to deal with are unexpected home repairs that are obvious during a showing so here’s an advice list to help keep your sellers on track:
- Clear away debris and dead foliage from any flowerbeds.
- Inspect hose connections to ensure there are no leaks.
- Replace damaged window screens and any weather stripping.
- Clean your fireplace and/or wood-burning stove and flue.
- Make sure your lawn mower, weed wacker and other tools are in good working order. Then use them!
- Clean and repair your patio furniture and inspect your deck for loose or rotten boards.
- Trim back shrubs and vines that are growing near your air conditioning unit and dryer vent. And also make sure the front entrance isn’t overgrown and difficult to enter.
- Inspect and clean your gutters and make sure downspouts drain away from your foundation.
- Patch up any cracks you find around foundation and driveways before they spread further or if they look unsightly.
- Inspect your roof for cracked or missing shingles and trim branches that hang over the top of your roof.
There is very plain home for sale on my street now. But the Bougainvilleas!!!! They have 4 arches of purple ones that make me lean 50% towards that house just for the way it looks outside. Remember, love at first sight goes a long way in house hunting.