Life in Ahwatukee

Enhancing Curb Appeal

Make a positive first impression. No matter how nice the interior of your home may be, a potential buyer of your home usually will not take the time to view the inside features unless he or she is impressed with exterior appearance. An unkempt exterior sends a signal that the home has not been properly cared for and that deeper problems may exist. If you expect to sell your Ahwatukee home quickly at the best possible selling price, your home must capture a positive first impression as the best value in its price range.

Grab a pen and notepad. Walk across the street and look at your home from the neighbor's perspective. Pay attention to every detail and make notes of any item that may adversely effect a potential sale. Look for signs that would signal poor maintenance and lack of ownership pride. Some deficiencies may be minor do-it-yourself repairs and enhancements. Others like re-roofing and complete repainting may be too costly. As the owner you must balance the expense against the potential gain through a higher asking price.


A well manicured lawn makes a great first impression and generally does not cost much to achieve. The obvious applies here. Keep hedges shaped and trimmed. Remove dead branches from trees. Grass lawns must be mowed and edged frequently. Fertilize grass and plants to create lush color. Decorative rock areas should be kept raked and smooth. Remove weeds and overgrowth. Check water sprinklers and drip lines to ensure proper watering. Look for places to add flowers and shrubs that enhance appearance.

Driveway and Walkways

Repair cracks and replace damaged pavers. You might consider acid-washing to remove oil and grease stains. A coat of water-sealant adds a nice finishing touch.

Paint and Trim

Does your home need repainting? Often a bit of touch-up is all that may be required. Scrape off peeling paint. Repair cracks in stucco areas. Make sure wood trim is tight and secure. Doors may need refinishing. Look for signs of water stains on the exterior walls. Often a power washing will remove stains.

Windows, Screens & Visual Eye Sores

Replace cracked window panes and damaged window screens.Replace burned-out light bulbs. It may be time to repair broken doorbells and lubricate squeaky doors. Hose off exterior walls to remove dirt, spider webs and bird droppings. Windows should be kept clean both from the inside and outside surfaces. Remove clutter including lawn tools and toys.

Pest Control

Look carefully for evidence of termites, gophers, mice, ants and cockroaches. These critters will be an immediate turnoff to a potential buyer. Have a pest control specialist do a complete inspection and treatment.

Check Roof Lines

A roof in poor condition is usually a deal-killer. That's a sign that the home had previous leaking problems which could have caused damage inside walls that cannot be seen. Hopefully you will not have to replace the roof. Check for missing and damaged roof tiles or shingles, or any area that needs spot repair.

Keep It In Show Quality

Once you've made repairs, keep it in show quality. You never know when a potential homebuyer may drive by for a quick look before contacting a real estate agent. Out-shine your competition. The key to making an impression is making your Ahwatukee home look like the best maintained home in your neighborhood. A bit of extra attention will help you make a quicker sale at your desired selling price.

Need Assistance?

See our Ahwatukee Home Improvement and Home Repairs Sections to reach contractor service providers from home remodeling and re-roofing to handyman repairs and lawn service.

This page was last modified on 2 January 2012 at 11:25
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