Clean Up Your Act
Landscape and Yard: Your landscaping doesn’t need be extensive but it does need to be trimmed and well maintained. While many experts recommend owners do some landscaping or add foliage, Cosmato advises that you don’t plant flowers if you don’t already have them. He's says it’s an unnecessary expense that does not give a return. Simply prune trees, mow the lawn, trim bushes and check the house’s foundation.
If it’s not mowing season, don’t have piles of leaves all over the place. Rake the leaves, bag them and haul the bags away. Remember: Out of sight, out of mind.
Pressure wash or not? Based on his experience, Cosmato says “If the house is not in desperate need of it, then it is best not to do it. While most will probably do a good job, if you get someone who does a poor job, it could end up making your house look worse or costing you more money than you wanted or needed to spend to rectify the situation."
Curb appeal: This is the most important thing for the exterior of the home so keep the outside clean and neat. Cosmato emphasizes that sellers should “Store skateboards, balls, bats and croquet wickets out of sight rather than all over the yard. Don’t leave trash, tricycles and other clutter just lying around, and for heaven’s sake, haul those old spare tires away!"
Miscellaneous details: If the client will be viewing the house at dusk or in the evening, make sure the exterior is well illuminated and the house number is visible. Painted over, cloudy or broken windows are visual distractions. Repairing or replacing them could save your sale, and do be sure they are sparkling clean.