The first area you should turn your attention to is your front yard – is your lawn well-mown and tidy, especially the edging around walkways and trees? Are trees, shrubs and bushes well-trimmed? Take extra care that branches and bushes don’t obscure architectural details or overcrowd the front façade of your house.
Next take a look at the drive way and any pathways in your front yard. Are there any cracks or holes in the driveway? What about oil spots? Fix cracks and holes, and clean oil spots for a better first impression.
You may also want to invest in a new letter box if yours is a little scruffy, and update your outdoor lighting – make sure you have new, clean light fixtures on your porch and elsewhere, and that all the lights work!
Getting to the house itself, take a look at the small details. Are fixtures like door knobs and locks worn? Are they matching? Having shiny, new door knobs which match the door lock can greatly improve presentation. If you have house numbers on the side of your house or your letterbox, make sure they are in good condition and polished up. Make sure your windows are meticulously cleaned, inside and out.
Extra touches in presentation can also help, like putting a potted plant with bright flowers next to your front door, and having a nice, new doormat outside your front door.
Finally, make sure you tidy up! Put away any toys, and pack up garden tools and hoses.