‘Catch them at the curb’ isn’t just a catchy phrase. This should be the goal of any Seller.
A buyer’s first impression is created at the front of your house. Although over 90% of buyer start their search online, there are countless buyers that have lost into interest once seen in person.
How does a seller avoid this?
Here are 6 steps to prepare the exterior of your house for a quick sale.
1. Outdoor Lighting
If you have outdoor lights, make sure all lights are working properly. Add a few basic landscape lights. Buyers will and often drive by houses of interest at night. You want to show your property off at all times to potential buyers, even at night.
2. Front Yard
The lawn should be routinely mowed weekly. Mowing twice per week may be necessary in the spring. Be sure to also edge the driveway and walkway.
Prune any trees and/or shrubs if needed. Pay special attention to shrubs in front of picture and bay windows. (Once inside, large shrubs in front of windows obscure the buyer’s view to the outside and block natural light. Buyer’s love natural light!)
Freshen up and replenish any landscape elements such as mulch and rock.
If you have a dog, be sure to pick up after your pet in your yard during the sale. Although this goes without saying. failure to do so will create a very bad experience for a prospective Buyer.
Because driveways tend to be big, any needed repairs will stand out. If you have any cracks, bulges or oil stains, make sure they are addressed. For serious cracks and bulges, replacing might be the best option.
4. Porches, Porticos, and Mailboxes
Verify that all hand rails and stairs are sturdy. Paint or re-stain, as necessary.
Make sure porches and porticos are clean and swept of any leaves. Any lights should not only work but, also look great. Weather permitting, make sure to display attractive outdoor furniture or replace if necessary.
If your mailbox has seen better days, replace it.
5. Front Doors and Shutters
Your front door is the social point of your entire house and your should stand out. If your your front door has not be repainted within the last year, repaint. Check the condition of any side panels.
Make sure your front door locks work like a charm. If you have locks that are in any way challenging or unattractive, replace the door locks and knob.
A new large front door mat is an excellent and highly recommended touch. (It also a good idea to place a mat at any door that leads to the outside or garage.)
Shutters need to be washed. Paint or repair as needed.
Don’t forget about the wasps nests and spider webs that like to build in door frames and window sills.
The garage can be a wow factor for Buyers. Make sure the garage is clean, organized and shows plenty of storage. If it is a single door 2 car garage, make sure the buyers can see how two cars can fit.
Need some help?
Yes, addressing these items may take a little of work but, it is important to resolve prior to listing your home for sale. feel free to contact me if you have any questions or need any assistance determining which projects to tackle.
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