Most experts agree that when it comes to finding the right home, buyers often make up their minds before they even get to the front porch. Maintaining your homes exterior appearance and adding to the curb appeal can go a long way toward an speedy and successful sale of your home.
Here are a few areas where a little elbow grease can go a long way.
Prospective buyers will react well to signs your home has been meticulously maintained.
- Manicure the landscaping: mow, edge and water the lawn. Trim hedges, weed and fertilize flowerbeds, and prune trees.
- Keep the driveway clean and free of parked cars and keep the garage door closed.
- Repair or replace loose or damaged roof shingles.
- Minimize cracks or crumbling on walkways, walls, or steps, and keep them clean and free of obstructions like toys or snow.
- Items from RV’s to waste cans left out can contribute to a cluttered or busy appearance. Make sure that from the street, your property appears clear.
- Inspect appearance of interior window coverings from the curb.
- Repair any peeling paint or loose caulking on windows or other areas.
- Take steps to eliminate insect or rodent pests.
- Pick up after your pets or neighborhood animals.
While the buyers agents are working the lockbox for the keys, buyers have idle time to notice the details.
- Apply a fresh coat of paint to the front door and frame.
- Consider adding pots of flowering plants in the entryway if weather permits.
- Eliminate cobwebs and clean doorway area windows, porch light, or decorative glass.
Once inside, experts say most buyers are reaffirming their curbside decision.
Clean, Clear, Light and Bright
- Give every room in the house a thorough cleaning and remove all clutter. Hiring a cleaning service may pay for itself by adding to a buyer’s perceived value of your home.
- For a sleeker, more spacious look, consider placing furniture from crowded rooms in
- Clear kitchen counters of everything other than perhaps a few very pretty items. Ask yourself: In a model home, would a professional decorator put your choice of items out
- Remember: closets will be opened! Keep closets, cupboards, and even your attic orderly and neat. Since you are anticipating a move anyway, consider holding a garage sale or boxing and storing unused belongings.
- If necessary, repaint or clean/replace dingy, soiled or strongly-colored walls, and window and floor coverings with a light, neutral shade. Bright rooms look bigger, and neutral colors help buyers envision their own furnishings and décor.
- Repair dripping faucets, burned-out light bulbs, or cracked windowpanes.
- Repair cracks, holes or damage to plaster, wallboard, wallpaper, and tiles.
Warm and Homey
- Subtle scents of potpourri in bedrooms or baths and fresh baked cookies or cinnamon in the kitchen can make your home more inviting.
- Keep an clean set of towels in each bathroom to be brought out only for showings.
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