Tucson Sellers Staged Home Exterior Checklist

The first impression when a buyer drives up to your home is critical. Walk across the street and look at it through the eyes of a buyer. Be tough on yourself. What do you see? Can you see your house? Is the yard in good shape? Does your trim need to be repainted? Can you even see your house through the vegetation?

Read on for tips to increase your return when you sell your home.

Before

After

PAINT TRIM

Take a hard look at the front door and trim. Give special attention to this because this is where buyers will get their first opportunity to make a close inspection of your home. Does it need repainting or staining? Repainting the doors and trim to help make the house look crisp and in good condition is one of the least expensive things you can do to dress up a home... 

DECKS, PORCHES & PATIOS

  • Sweep all walks, porches and patios and keep them swept.

  • Remove dirt from all decks, walks and patios

  • Walls, sidewalks and fences should be pressure-washed or painted if they are in need of it.

  • Reduce clutter on porches and patios so that they look bigger. Get rid of old flowerpots, barbeques, charcoal, planters, toys, construction materials and excess furniture.

  • If you have outdoor furniture create one simple "room setting" of clean furniture that will remind buyers of the usefulness of the space.

ROOF

If you have an asphault, do a visual inspection for missing/deteriorated shingles. If you have a flat/rolled roof and it has not been coated within the last four years, you may want to consider a fresh coat.

FENCES

Repair broken fences and paint if necessary.

LANDSCAPING

  • Plants are like children, they grow up so fast! First they are little and cute, then they seem just right, and all of a sudden they're so big we hardly know how to take care of them! You can't trim the kids, but you can trim your plants. If they need it, do it now.

  • Rake and weed flowerbeds. If possible, spread new mulch such as beauty bark, gravel, or lava rock to put a finishing touch on the landscaping.

  • Remove and, if needed, replace all dead plants.

  • Mow lawn and keep it mowed on a weekly basis during the growing season.

  • Trim branches around the roof line to prevent animals, insects & foliage from getting on the roof.

FRONT YARD

  • "Curb appeal" is important. Has your landscaping overgrown the house? Remember,"You can't sell it if you can't see it!" Cut back all shrubs to window height that block light or view from windows. (If you're afraid they won't bloom next year, don't worry, you won't be there!)

  • Move all children's toys to the back yard.

  • Clean and sweep paved driveways. Rake, weed or re-gravel gravel driveways.

BACK YARD

  • Remove any extra items from the yard, such as tools, piles of lumber or auto parts.

  • Children's toys should all go in one area in the back yard.

  • Repair any cracks in the walls.

  • Clear any drains.

GARAGE OR CARPORT

  • Carports have to be completely cleaned out, everything!

  • Garages should be swept out and organized. If you have to use part or the entire garage for storage that's fine, just keep it neat.

  • Always keep garage doors down while your home is on the market.

  • If you're not using the garage for storage keep cars in the garage and not in the driveway.

  • Move extra cars, boats & RVs to a storage facility or neighbor's home several homes away until your home sells.