You’re Home’s Curb Appeal
There are many reasons why some homes sell faster than others, but there is one very important detail that we need to pay particular attention to – curb appeal. Yes, these two words are a key factor in luring in the buyers from the street and you need to make sure your home has what it takes to bring them in.
As you know when buyers start looking, first impressions are extraordinarily powerful. Nope, you’re house is not exempt from this one! Most of the times all the buyers have are pictures of your home given by their real estate agent. Does your home look inviting, clean and well maintained on the picture? They will make a quick decision about whether they want to bother looking at your house at all. That’s all it takes. Do not let your home drop off their list at the first round!
Clean till’ you drop
Yes I know, this is not fun but in order to create an inviting space you have got to start cleaning – and keep at it until the day you move out! In order to sell, you have to start thinking like a buyer. So get rid of the clutter, put away your favorite personal items scattered around the front porch and remove anything that distracts the potential buyers from the home itself. Make your windows sparkle, remove the cobwebs, wipe down your doors and polish all door and window hardware. Once you are done, look around and get back to work! You still need to mow the lawn, trim your trees and groom everything meticulously in your driveway. Get rid of or replace dead plants, put away the dog toys that lie around the yard and make sure everything is in tip-top shape. Once you are done, start all over again. No, I am not kidding – go right back at it, the buyers can come anytime of the day! Be prepared at all times so you can put the crazy cleaning days behind you much faster. Remember your sole purpose at this moment is to sell your house.
Fix, replace or update anything that is out of place, loose or hangs like you know it shouldn’t. If you haven’t done it in the past, this is the time to do it. Grab your hammer and tap down the nail heads, get a hold of the paint bucket and put a fresh coat on the front door and (light) pressure wash anything and everything that needs scrubbing. For the time being you need to turn into the handy-man you always felt was hiding inside of you all along. Let this part of you lose right now and get to work. Believe me it will pay off!
Remember, you only have once chance to make a good first impression. Curb appeal is one of the most important factors of selling a home. It is more important than you might imagine. I had clients not even wanting to get out of the car when looking at a property, so make sure that does not happen to you. If things look great, charming, clean on the outside, people might overlook the fact that you do not have an updated kitchen or bathroom. I know it is hard to see your home objectively and to see it as others do. That’s why I am here to help you. So let me guide you and do not ever underestimate the power of curb appeal! J