Cures For the Curb
Most sellers understand the need to update their homes before putting it on the market. This will likely include decluttering and dejunking, eliminating personal effects for staging, cleaning and organizing. They may slog away on the inside painting, laying new carpet, replacing the bathroom faucets. They work hard to make sure that their home shows well and is comfortable and appealing.
What may be more important is the exterior, especially if you’re on a budget. It is, after all, the first impression that counts. From the moment potential buyers drive up to your property, they are calculating in their minds what it’s going to cost them to fix anything they see. So what key things should you look at as you get the outside of your house prepared for market?
Here are three essential areas to focus on:
First, make sure you repair any damaged siding or loose brickwork if necessary. Power wash it, too, to get rid of spider webs and any dirt or grime. If you have any faded, peeling or chipping paint, then get your paint brushes ready and get after it. Any buyer willing to deal with repairs such as these will be expecting a bargain. And that may put you on the wrong side of the deal.
Front Door and Porch
Pay close attention to your front door. Today’s savvy buyers are looking for an entrance that “pops” and a bright red or contrasting black front door may give your house just the look you’re wanting. Your front porch should be swept clean of dirt and grime. If wood, replace or repair any loose wooden boards. A couple of potted plants can make a new Welcome Home mat more appealing. Don’t overdo it with seasonal decorations and yes, that means no pumpkins during fall and no Christmas lights during the holiday season. Also check your lighting. Make sure the bulbs are new and the exterior lights are cleaned to shine brightly. While your buyers won’t likely be making an afterdark visit, if your house is a serious contender you can count on them driving by in the twilight hours, just to have a private looksee.
Lawn and Garden
Keep your lawn neatly trimmed. If you can’t keep up with it or get relocated, then hire someone to take care of this very important feature. Curbs and walkways should be edged crisply. If you have advance notice, do some fertilizing a few months prior to the sign going in the yard. This will keep your grass greener longer if you are heading into the dormant season. In the garden beds, make sure weeds are pulled and leaves are raked. Add fresh mulch for a consistent look. If you have a place for flowers, plant something yellow pansies in spring/fall or marigolds in summer. Yellow is bright and attractive and adds a vibrant touch.
Catch Your Eye Curb Appeal
It is, of course, a combination both interior and exterior that will entice a buyer to put a bid on your house. Making sure the outside is spiffed up and ready.
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