March 23, 2019By Alex Romanov
A well thought out asking price is not the only thing to consider when trying to sell your home. One of the most effective ways to sell your home fast is by boosting your curb appeal. Whether you are looking to sell for sale by owner, through an agent, flipping or planning an open house, making your home look just as great on the outside as it does on the inside, will pay off. Are you ready to kick start this quick sale?
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First impressions last, so make sure to improve your homes curb appeal. Most potential buyers will look online before even pulling up to your drive. In order to get them to your door, your home will need to look and photograph just as great. So, when it comes to budgeting to fix the interior, don’t forget to include the exterior. Remember you are selling the whole package to appeal to house buyers near me, near you, any potential buyer, so keep your options open. Unless you are looking for an extra fast sale with companies that advertise “we buy ugly houses” and that buy houses in any condition. Keep in mind that it will not look appealing if the interior of your home is all fixed up and the exterior looks a total mess, this can either deter the buyer or will reflect on the offer.
Go green and spruce up your flowerbeds by adding greenery, flowers and give your lawn some extra attention. Don’t forget the backyard, as outdoor living spaces are greatly desired by home buyers. Refresh your patio and invest in some new patio furniture but don’t over spend and if it’s not budgeted for, you can maybe buy new cushions and repaint to give your existing furniture a fresh new look.
Make your front door pop and give it a fresh coat of paint and remove any tarnished hardware.
Depending on your budget, you may want to consider painting the exterior of the house. If you cannot afford to paint the entire house, a touch up here and there will do but be mindful of your colour choices, you done want to scare buyers away.
Try to avoid having your unsightly trash bin in full view for potential buyers to see.
The condition of your roof, is a big deal and can be a deal breaker, if it is in poor condition. Well, the whole idea of having shelter is to protect you from the elements, as well as giving you somewhere sturdy and solid to live. A dirty roof can be the start of a chain reaction, that can lead to more serious problems such as, moss, lichens and algae, which if left untreated can slowly eat through the shingles, which then could create an opening to the wood beneath. This domino effect may not only lead to the wood rotting, it could also develop mould and cause health issues. Depending on the condition of your roof, you maybe be able to pressure wash it but if not call in the professionals before its too late. Replacing a roof can be quite costly.
Exterior lighting can help to draw attention to potential buyers passing by at night or for those buyers looking at photos online. Outdoor lighting can give the right effect for those photos taken at dusk or even at night. Options for outdoor lighting to include, solar lights, that can be used along the footpath, pendant lights can be used for the back porch and the front and there are also spot lights. If you have vintage lighting, you may need to refresh with a coat of paint.
Clean gutters and windows and if needs be pressure washing walkways and other areas as needed.
Buying a new mailbox is advised, if your current mailbox has done its time. Even though it may not be visible on the photos, you don’t want to draw unwanted attention to your mailbox, when a buyer approaches your home. The good thing is, it will be an inexpensive replacement as most standard mailboxes cost around $30.
Do not leave cars in your driveway, it can make the buyer think that your garage space is not big enough and also will not photograph well.
Don’t leave clutter hanging around. Clear away everything like lawn equipment or if you have an abundance of lawn ornaments, bicycles, shoes and umbrellas by the door.
The winter months are not the busiest times for selling houses but you never know, so don’t forget to keep up the appearance of your exterior. Remove dead leaves and flowers and sweep up your sidewalk. If you have snow, clear the footpath and sidewalk. The last thing you need is for a potential buyer to have a fall.
Most people don’t give much thought to their fence but if you’re fencing is in poor condition, it’s probably best to replace it, pressure wash it, paint it or whatever repairing it needs. Otherwise, it will be an eyesore that signifies neglect.
Keep your home warm, light and clean and get rid of any unwanted clutter. What is uninviting to potential buyers is an overcrowded living space. By removing personal items like photographs, too many ornaments and paperworks, etc. Will help to create the illusion for the buyer, that it could be their home and not yours. Definitely make sure to keep the kitchen area as clear as possible and more importantly clean. Dirty dishes in the sink is a big no no and don’t forget the bathroom. All personal effects should not be seen.
Smells, colours and sound can either be a disadvantage instead of an advantage. Maybe, you can play some soothing soft music in the background and when it comes to colour tones, try keeping them neutral. Bold bright colours are not everyones cup of tea. Try to imagine how a buyer will feel when first walking through the door. If you have pets, keep them away and make sure there are no signs that you do have pets. Try some subtle scented candles, they also come in handy by setting the mood. If you were thinking of cooking, try to dos so earlier, so that the house can be aired out way before buyers visit. Remember to keep it as light and airy as possible.
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