buying your first home - what you should know

Roll Up Your Sleeves And Get These Outdoor Jobs Done Before Your House Hits The Market

Prior to putting up homes for sale, many homeowners will take the time to declutter, paint rooms, and upgrade fixtures. While it's certainly true that these visually appealing changes can help the house sell faster and for more money, you shouldn't forget about the condition of your yard, too. Making a number of outdoor changes can make your house listing even more appealing. Some of the jobs that you'll want to do can be done yourself, while others might involve hiring a professional. Whatever the case, you'll be able to credit these outdoor projects with helping to sell your home. Here are some jobs to do.

Cut Down Dead Trees

Dead trees around your property aren't just an eyesore — they can also pose a threat to the house and the safety of its residents. If you have dead trees in your yard, don't just ignore them and hope that any prospective buyers ignore them, too. Instead, either cut them down yourself or hire an arborist to do the work for you. This job will not only make the yard look better, but will also remove this safety risk. If your home has a wood-burning fireplace, you can split and stack the wood from the trees to give the new owner a significant amount of firewood upon moving in.

Seal Your Driveway

A cracked driveway is visually unappealing, especially if weeds have begun to grow up through the cracks. The presence of these weeds will draw attention to the cracks, which may prompt some interested buyers to offer you less money for the home under the premise that they'll soon have to pay to have the driveway repaved. If you take the time to seal the cracks, provided that they're not too large, the driveway will look much better to those who visit your property.

Fix Your Fence

If you have a fence along the back or sides of your property, take note of its condition. If it's sagging or has missing boards, it would be a good idea to fix it before your house hits the real estate market. Hire a fencing contractor to reset the posts and make everything straight and square. Doing so will not only improve the look of your backyard, but also make it feel more secure for prospective buyers. Finally, give the fence a fresh coat of paint or stain to improve its visual appeal.