Hopefully it’s getting safe to say that it’s stopped snowing in Rochester. Use these tips and ideas to make your house outshine all the others on the real estate market.  The warmer weather has brought everybody outside including home buyers.  As soon as a listing comes up, perspective buyers are going to drive by homes to decide which ones they’re interested in.  It is a particularly difficult time of year to make your yard look beautiful.  Here are some ideas to help your home look appealing and well cared for by both realtors and buyers.

1.      Be certain your house can be clearly seen from every direction of the yard.  If there are bushes or trees blocking windows trim them back.

2.     Have your curtains/blinds all uniform in color from the outside.

3.     Wash your windows.

4.     Power wash the exterior of your home and all decks and sidewalks.

5.     Schedule your driveway to be sealed as soon as weather permits. If you have a stone driveway, put down a new fresh layer of stone.

6.     Paint your front door.

7.     Add new mulch and edge your yard.

8.     Repair all cracked and chipping paint on the exterior of your house.  A buyer may look past this defect.  A mortgage appraiser particularly for VA and FHA loans will demand that the deteriorating paint is repaired  or they will not give your buyer a mortgage.

9.     Clean the gutters.

10.  Rake your yard to remove all dead leaves and debris

11.  Cut back all the dead brown remains from last season’s perennials.

12.  If you have a front porch highlight it with a pair of chairs to sit on.

13.  Display an American flag.  All other decorative flags should be avoided.

14.  Remove lawn ornaments.

15.  Replace your mailbox if it is not in mint condition.

16.  Make sure your house number is large and clearly visible.

17.  Park in your garage with the garage door/s shut. Your home will appear bigger.

18.  Buy a simple new front door mat.

19.  As long as it is safe, add new light bulbs with a brighter wattage to your porch lights.

Keep your yard as clean as if it was another room in your house

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