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Mike Spiczenski, Indiana Roof & Exterior Cleaning: “We call it exterior home staging, and we’re looking at it from the homeowner’s aspect as far as what is the best bang for their buck? What is going to give them the most opportunities to sell their home, and also at a price they feel comfortable with?”
Driveways and sidewalks are easy to overlook, but they play an important part in making a good first impression.
Angie Hicks, Angie’s List founder: “Having your concrete professionally cleaned before putting your house on the market can really improve your curb appeal, both in person and online.”
A professional cleaning for a typical two-car driveway and front sidewalk should run you about $150. The results should last for three to five years.
Hicks: “Many people don’t think about cleaning concrete, but they would be surprised that once they have it professionally cleaned how much better it can look.”
Spiczenski: “I had one couple who – again, with their home we were getting it ready for them to sell – we went through everything … We cleaned up their entire home, the exterior, the concrete and, when we finished, they decided not to sell. They loved the results and they fell in love with their home again.”
If you’re a do-it-yourselfer, Angie says you can use a pressure washer to do a small porch or patio and get good results. But she recommends a professional for driveways and large areas, especially if you’re looking to sell your home quickly.