Most sellers do not want to invest large sums of cash into a house they are moving out of. However, there are a handful of easy and affordable improvements that make a BIG difference in the price they get and the speed at which they sell their home. Over the next 10 days we will bring you the best inexpensive ways to sell your home quicker and for more money. Today – Curb Appeal.
When new buyers pull up to a potential home, they immediately form an impression. As they tour the house they seek confirmation of their already formed opinion (psychologists call this confirmation bias). If the buyer’s first impression is a positive one, they will view the entire house through a positive lens making them far more likely to overlook the negative and focus on the positive. This is why curb appeal is so important.
So, what can you do?
Remove any debris from the exterior of your home. Fallen tree branches, dead plantings, unkempt woodpiles, old lawn furniture etc. Rake the leaves, including behind the bushes. Power wash vinyl siding if it is dirty or green from mildew. Power wash pavers, patios and eaves. Keep driveways and sidewalks clear and well swept. Be sure all windows are clean. Get rid of old cars before you list your home, not after you sell.
In the spring and summer make sure your lawn is well maintained. Reseed bald spots and keep your lawn trimmed. Edging along sidewalks will give your lawn a clean, crisp look. Invest in inexpensive plantings to give your home some color. Replace dead greenery. A few hundred dollars invested here will pay huge dividends. Don’t have a green thumb, then hire someone. Trust me, it’s worth it.
If you have any chipping or pealing paint on the exterior of your home, get it painted. Nothing turns a buyer off more than the feeling a house is in neglect, and chipping or pealing paint screams neglect. If you have a metal mailbox and it is rusting, replace it or paint it with a Rustoleum paint (when chipping or sanding paint ALWAYS wear a dust mask). If the front door is dirty or faded, paint that too. Consider a warm and inviting color that matches the style of your home. If an old storm door covers your freshly painted door, remove it. An improperly working, damaged or distressed front door may need to be replaced. While this can be costly, a great front door can make all the difference in curb appeal.
Repair all broken windows, loose or missing bricks on your front staircase and loose or missing handrails. There is a good chance a potential buyer may ask you to do this after an inspection anyway.
-By Christopher Robson
Part II coming Saturday– How to properly de-clutter your home.
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