What would buyers see if they drove up to your home? Go ahead, take a look. Stand outside your home and try to look at it through a buyer’s eyes. First impressions are lasting impressions. If buyers see paint peeling, a crack in a window or an unkempt yard, they are apt to speculate that there are other, more substantial things wrong with the home.
That first impression, or curb appeal, can make the difference in the amount of money a buyers is willing to offer on a home listed for sale.
Here are some suggestions to enhance the curb appeal of your home to get ready for sale or even just to spruce things up a bit this summer:
- Mow the lawn, clean up and yard and prune shrubs and trees
- Scrub or paint the front porch and door. Sometimes an interesting pop of color on the door can really modernize the look of an older home
- Check the porch or deck and hand railings to ensure they are secure
- Wash the windows, make them sparkle!!
- If you have time time and money, paint the exterior of the home. Try to stick to more neutral palates as some bright colors can be an immediate turn off for some buyers. Add color by painting the door a different color, instead.
- Pick up and put away toys and bikes, outdoor bins are also great for storing these items
- Check that the lawn furniture is in good shape or, if not, store it away
- Add charm to the front and backyard by adding flower pots and planting fresh plants
- Repair and paint the fence, if needed
- Repair the roof, gutters, and downspouts if needed
These improvements are essential before a home sale and could mean an increase in sales price. Feel free to call or email and let me know if I can answer any questions for you or make suggestions on how to improve your homes curb appeal!