Consider these tips if you plan to put your house up for sale. / Phillip Spears/Getty Images
Thinking of putting your house up for sale? Shannon Petrie of HGTV’s FrontDoor.com offers these tips for what not to do when prepping your home’s exterior and landscape for a sale.
Cluttered driveway. A car parked in the driveway could suggest to potential buyers that the house isn’t big enough to store everything, so you had to put the overflow in the garage and park your vehicle outside. It’s also distracting in online pictures.
Eyesore neglect. The rusty carport, rotted wood shutters and tattered awnings have been there so long your eyes just move right past them, but buyers will notice. Getting rid of outdated or dilapidated features of your home’s exterior will drastically improve curb appeal with minimal effort.
Garish colors. Not all homebuyers will appreciate your home’s bright pink exterior. Choose a neutral hue for your home’s siding and add personality with small pops of color, such as a red front door or blue shutters.
Personal possessions. Religious décor, lawn ornaments or kids’ toys scattered throughout the yard are a huge no-no. Store these distracting items out of sight.
Dead on arrival. Gardens may not look great out of season, but you can spruce them up by getting rid of dead leaves and plants.