How to Sell House Fast!: Deep Clean Outside

Welcome back to the 3rd part in our series ‘How to Sell House Fast!’  In the first two installments we started with Finishing Projects and Making Repairs then we worked on Declutter & Staging.  Today we are going to move outside to deep clean the exterior of the house and to give it some curb appeal.

How to Sell House Fast! by The Sweet Spot Blog

All of us want to get the most money possible for our house.  Following these steps will help you get every penny possible!  It is a good idea to finish this project a month before you list your house to give the new plants time to fill in…at least at my house there will be lots of dead plants to replace after a cold winter.

Deep Clean Outside

1. Power Wash: Rent a power washer from Home Depot to clean your driveway, sidewalk, and porches.  But don’t make the mistake that my husband and I did and go too far…we now have an extra painting project on our hands.

2. Clean Windows: You will need to clean every window inside and out.  It makes a huge difference by allowing more light to come in.  Potential buyers want houses that are light and bright.  If you have a two-story house like us, consider investing in professional window cleaners to clean the exterior windows.

3. Test Sprinklers:  Do a test run on your sprinklers and replace any broken heads.  This is so simple to do and will save you time and money when the house inspector comes through.

4. Mailbox:  Don’t neglect the mailbox!  Clean and polish it.

5. Lighting: Make sure all outdoor lights work and replace any broken bulbs.  Many buyers will drive by at night to see what the house looks like in the dark.

6. Shrubs and Trees: Give your shrubs and trees a gentle trim.  Buyers know that hiring tree trimmers can be costly, so do not give them any reason to deduct this cost from their offer price.

7. Weeds: No one wants to see weeds.  Pull weeds and spray to ensure new ones do not pop up.

8. New Plants: Remove all dead plants and replace with new ‘live’ plants.  Add annual flowers with pops of color.

9. Fertilize: Fertilize your lawn, shrubs, and trees.  You want everything to look green and healthy.  You might even want to ‘super bloom’ flowers to keep them blooming while your house is on the market.

10. Mulch: Mulch all plant beds and around trees.  Mulch not only cleans up the landscape but also stops weeds from returning.  Potential buyers see a mulched yard as a well-maintained yard.

11. Lawn Service:  This is a great time to invest in a lawn service.  Set up the service to come once a week while your house is on the market to mow, edge, and clean up all debris.

12. Staging for Curb Appeal: Finally you will want to add a few additional touches for great curb appeal.  Replace your welcome mat with a new colorful one and add a tasteful wreath to your front door.

If you have any tips that I missed here, please leave them in the comments below and I will add them.  Next week we will go through the steps to Deep Clean Inside.

Don’t forget to ‘pin’ this post so you have it handy when you decide to sell your house!


40 Responses to How to Sell House Fast!: Deep Clean Outside

  1. Kimberly, The Fur Mom February 13, 2013 at 1:02 pm #

    My boyfriend and I had to sell 2 homes to buy our dream home and we were selling as the market was tanking. It didn’t cost much for us to get our homes ready to sell. Sprucing up the outside makes all the difference.

    My condo was off of a very busy road and the HOA was falling apart. What I did was hired someone to paint accent walls in the inside, swapped huge mirrors for framed ones that I picked up on clearance at Bed Bath & Beyond, and I jazzed up my patio with fancy potted plants (bought the pots at Goodwill). People loved it and my place sold in less than 2 weeks when we were expecting it to sell in months.

    My boyfriend had the same success with his place.

    Great tips!!!

    • Corinna February 18, 2013 at 8:53 pm #

      I am so jealous Kimberly! I hope we have the same success!

  2. Dee Johnson February 15, 2013 at 3:55 pm #

    This is really helpful. My elderly Mum is moving in with us but our house is too small so we have to sell her house and my house so reading your blog is great information that i will use for both homes.

    • Corinna February 18, 2013 at 8:51 pm #

      Oh Dee, that sounds like so much work! Be sure to come back and let us know how it goes. Good luck!

  3. Maria August 23, 2015 at 2:32 pm #

    There are a lot of deep cleaning details to get the outside of the house ready. Thanks for listing them! Very helpful!

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    Cleaning your house to sell is one of the hardest parts. But it’s worth it! Thanks for writing.

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