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5 Tips for Cleaning the Outside of Your House

Cleaning up the inside of your home is an obvious must-do when selling, but don't forget about your home's exterior. The outside of the home is the first thing potential buyers will see and it helps to set the right expectations from the start. Here's how you can make your home exterior sparkle.

Cleaning up the inside of your home is an obvious must-do when selling, but don't forget about your home's exterior. The outside of the home is the first thing potential buyers will see and it helps to set the right expectations from the start. Here's how you can make your home exterior sparkle.

As you're tidying up your living room and cleaning out closets, don't forget about showing that same TLC to the outside of your home. A dirty home on the outside might set the wrong expectations for what the buyer will find inside and you could end up pushing away prospects.

Find a real estate agent who know the local market and can tell you what buyers want to see in home exteriors.

As you're getting your home ready for the market, consider these five outdoor cleaning tips that will help you create a strong first impression from top to bottom:

1. Clean Out Gutters and Check for Issues

Removing leaves and debris isn't just for fall cleaning. Junk can build up in your gutters throughout the year and cause damage if left unattended. Even if you're usually diligent about keeping your gutters clean, give them some attention as you're getting ready to sell your home.

While you're up there, make sure the gutters are securely attached to the house and don't have any visible signs of damage. When you sell the house, the home inspector will look at your gutters and report their findings. It's a good idea to know ahead of time so you can get a head start on repairs.

2. Spruce Up Your Landscaping

Your home's exterior is the first thing prospective buyers will see, so make sure it presents a clean image that looks like you've taken good care of it. Prune bushes and shrubs, rake leaves, remove dead tree branches and overgrowth, and make sure your landscaping looks like you've kept up with it.

Also, plant some bright flowers in the front that will catch the buyer's eye. Good landscaping can make a home appear more expensive and in better condition, plus it can give off a vibe as being easy to care for.

3. Pressure Wash Walkways

Years of dirt and debris are sitting in your driveway and walkways, even if you don't think they look that dirty. Grab a pressure washer to blast away the gunk and brighten up your outdoor space. You might be surprised at what a difference it makes when you're done.

4. Make Your Entryway Presentable

Wherever your prospects will enter the home (usually the front door), make sure you give this area extra attention. Clear away any bird's nests, bugs, spider webs, or other debris that's cluttering your space and making it look dirty.

Clean the inside and outside of the windows near the door to make them shine. Sweep off the steps and porch and pressure wash them to give a clean appearance. Your real estate agent may even want to do a little home staging in this area, such as adding a chair, potted plant, or other decor to make it look inviting.

5. Hire a Professional for Outside House Cleaning

Cleaning the outside of a home can take weeks and lots of equipment to bring it up to par. If you don't have that kind of time or don't want to invest in your own equipment to do the job, it might be worth it to hire a home services company to do it for you.

If you don't have things like a pressure washer, ladder, or other equipment, it's usually cheaper to hire someone who does. Plus, you're not investing your own time or risk in getting your home looking suitable for buyers.

The biggest downside, naturally, is having to pay someone to do the work for you. But if it means getting your home ready for market faster and not having to purchase your own equipment or supplies, it could be more than worth the price.

How Clever Helps You Sell Your Home

Outside house cleaning isn't just time-consuming, it can also be dangerous. Not many homeowners want to climb ladders to clean gutters and wash windows, and in many cases, they simply don't have the time. Paying a home services company to do it for you is usually the ideal route, but that also means having to part with some of your profit before you even make it!

Clever provides a desirable alternative to traditional real estate agents that can help you keep more of your profit in your pocket, even if you're paying someone to help you get your home ready to sell. Our Partner Agents work for a flat commission fee rather than the standard 3%, so you can use some of these savings to put toward making a strong first impression with your buyers.

Reach out to Clever today for a no-obligation consultation and let us connect you with an experienced real estate agent that can help you sell your home and save thousands in the process.

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Andrew Schmeerbauch

Andrew Schmeerbauch is the Director of Marketing at Clever Real Estate, the free online service that connects you top agents to save on commission. His focus is educating home buyers and sellers on navigating the complex world of real estate with confidence and ease. Andrew has worked on projects for the United Nations and USC and has a particular passion for investing and finance. Andrew's writing has been featured in Mashvisor, L&T, Ideal REI, and Rentometer.

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