When prepping to sell a home, one of the common concerns is, “curb appeal”. Curb Appeal is the concept that a house can be appealing; inspire buyers to ooh-and-aah, during mere drive by. Because we want your home to be appealing to buyers, both inside and out, I have constructed a list of ten, do-it-yourself, “Curb Appeal Wins”.
1.) Take care of “eyesores”: not the literal kind (though if you have those you should take care of them too!). Eyesores are anything on your house, or in your yard, that would be unappealing to an, otherwise interested, buyer. Common culprits are: electrical boxes, pipes, wires, air conditioners, hoses, trash bins, random clutter from yard projects and/or kids’ toys.
2.) Manicure lawn and flower beds: This will require mowing and weeding. Not everyone’s favorite activity I know, but the results do wonders! In the spring, summer, and early fall, purchasing and planting a few bright annual flowers can make your yard pop, without breaking the bank! Just make sure you remember to water!
3.) Pretty up your windows: Whether that means adding flower boxes, shutters, freshening up the trim, or all the above. Any of these choices are guaranteed to draw the buyer’s eye.
4.) Dazzle your door: You can do this by adding trim, sanding, painting, staining, or replacing if needed. Even something as small as installing a new door-nob and lock can make a dull door shine.
If you have a screen door with your front door it is best if it’s a nice one. If the screen is torn or rusty it’s better to remove it and have no screen than leave it and have the entrance to your house be a dingy one.
5.) Fix up your mail box: Much like your door, your mail box is on the greeting front-lines. Whether a buyer is driving by or pulling in for a showing, they will pass and see your mailbox. You may enjoy your giant bass themed letter catcher, but the your prospective buyer may not. Make that first impression a good one.
6.) Visible, clean, house numbers: Many people look up house listings online and may choose to drive by on their own, viewing the neighborhood, and catching a glimpse of your house from their car. If you do not have a clearly visible house number buyers may miss your house altogether. Make sure your numbers are big, clean, and installed in a spot visible from the road.
7.) Trim your trees and shrubs: Buyers are looking to buy a house not a jungle, don’t let the greenery upstage your beautiful home.
8.) Fix the fence: If you have a fence of any kind make sure it’s in good repair. Once again this will be one of the first things a buyers sees, along with anything else in your front yard. If you don’t have a fence, they can be an aesthetically pleasing asset. There are a number of easily installed picket fences that, if well kept, can spruce up a yard of any size and shape.
9.) Sweep off your roof: Depending on where you live moss and debris can be a relentless problem. Just for roof maintenance alone, you need to keep the green growth and foreign objects away (this applies to pine needles, heavy snow loads and/or ice and anything clogging or growing in your gutters!). Be very careful when doing this, or better yet, hire a professional! Clean roofs are preferred, but SAFETY FIRST!!
10.) Clean concrete and walkways: Pressure wash, sweep, patch, lay fresh bark or gravel, whatever it takes to freshen it up.
First impressions can make or break the sale of a home. May yours the one that leaves buyers oohing-and-aahing!
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