Home buyers decide whether or not to look inside a house based on its curb appeal or the exterior appearance of a property. What they see when they drive by, or when they arrive for a showing sets the tone for that first impression. It often determines if a buyer wants to go inside.
To prepare the house for sale, first you have to detach yourself from the property.
We are all proud of our homes, but when getting ready to sell, you must try to detach yourself from the house and remember that this is a business transaction. Try to look at your house in the same way a potential home buyer may.
The next time you come home, stop across the street or far enough down the driveway to get a good view of the house and its surroundings.
- What is your first impression of the house and yard area?
- What are the best exterior features of the house or lot? How can you enhance them?
- What are the worst exterior features of the house? How can you minimize or improve them?
- Park where a potential buyer would and walk towards the house, looking around you as if it were your first visit. Is the path clean and tidy?
- Start making a list of positives and negatives about the property’s appearance.
- Take photos of the home’s exterior and review the pictures.
In the evening do a drive by on the house again. Stop across the street, like you did before.
Lighting is Always a Plus
- Add a decorative street lamp or an attractive light fixture to a front porch.
- Solar versions of outdoor lights are quick and easy to install, but only work when they receive full sun each day.
- Lighting that’s visible through front windows should enhance the home’s appearance.
Don’t Forget the Rear View
Buyers doing a drive by will try to see your back yard. If it’s visible from another street or from someone’s driveway, it should be addressed as well.
Curb Appeal Starters
- Kill mold and mildew on the house, sidewalks, roof, or driveway.
- Pressure wash siding and decks.
- Keep sidewalks and driveways clean.
- Put away unnecessary garden implements and tools.
- Clean the windows and gutters.
- Mow the lawn regularly. Get rid of weeds.
- Rake and dispose of leaves, even if your lot is wooded.
- Edge the sidewalks.
- Trim tree limbs that are near or touching the roof.
- If you can budget it, a fresh paint job does wonders.
- Put a fresh coat of paint on the front door.
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