Key Rule in Making a First Impression that Lasts: Your Exterior

Sep 18, 2013 by

When staging your home, the exterior is vital.  The exterior of your home should never be overlooked or neglected as it should send a greeting that says “welcome home” to prospective home buyers.  The cleanliness and appearance of your outdoor space and yard is the first impression prospective home buyers will have about your home and curb appeal must be stellar.


The exterior of the home should look as though it is well cared for.  Start by refresh peeling with a good power-wash of the exterior of the home, sidewalks, and driveway.  Refresh peeling paint and trim and make sure all exterior hardware like house numbers and door latches are in good shape.  Check your roof for lost or missing shingles and clean your chimney.  Repaint bricks that need to be repainted and clean the windows until they sparkle.

Patios and Decks

Pressure wash all outdoor furniture and decks as well as walkways.  Remember the old rule of thumb, less is more! Don’t clutter the decks with too much furniture, planters, etc.  If the decks are in need of resealing or repainting, then don’t neglect them.  Also, sweep all patios free of debris.


Take a good look at your walkways, sidewalks and driveway for any repairs they may need.  Check for cracks and chips in the pavers or bricks and anything that needs fixing.  Roll up the hoses; inspect and pressure wash the fences to ensure they are in good shape.  Get rid of all the junk in the yard, mow and weed the lawn and all flowerbeds and trim the trees, shrubs and bushes.

Add some finishing and personal touches like planters or flowers for a fresh look.  Also replace old mulch or add some color with new Colored Shell Mulch.