Real Estate --- Make The Best Impression
When selling a home, among the numerous factors you should think
about, curb appeal should be towards the top of your list. When a
potential buyer comes to see your home, they observe at the homes
around your neighborhood as well. You want your home to stick out a
little, not to look identical to your neighbor’s house.
You want your house to stick out. You want people who drive by say
things like, “I like that house”, or “I wouldn't mind living there”.
You need to know what will make them say that. Look at your house
again and see it's potential. Determine what would make someone say
those things about your house.
The first thing is a nice yard. You may think a small yard is a draw
back. It is not at all. You just need to know how to enhance it. You
need to make it colorful. Put in some bright, cheery flowers along
the walkway. Put in a flower bed under the windows, or along side
the house. Clean out any unwanted trees or shrubs. These things can
make a small yard look even more small. You want to give your home a
warm and inviting look, not one of cramped space. Make sure the lawn
is mowed and edged neatly. If there are bare spots, get some grass
seed and resow it into the lawn. Trim the larger trees so there is
no chance of dead branches falling. You can also inform potential
buyers you just had the trees trimmed. This means they do not have
to do it for a long time.
The next thing you need to look at is consistency. Make sure all the
windows look the same from the outside. It actually makes the house
look more neat. This can be done by installing vertical blinds, mini
blinds, or even shades. If you do use shades, during the day make
sure they are all at the same level during the time the house is on
the market. You want everything to look uniform.
When you are examining the windows, take a look at the trim work. If
the windows have shutters but some are missing, either restore the
missing ones or take down the existing ones. You do not want the
house to appear as if it is in need of repair. Missing shutters
makes it look as though no one took care of the place. The paint may
be cracked and peeling. Get the scraper and a bucket of paint and
redo the trim work. This will make the house look more neat and give
the impression of good repair as well.
You may have cement sidewalks or steps. If you do and there are
cracks, fix them. You can do this with a filler cement and a trowel.
This is a big improvement not only to the look of the home but to
the safety of all who come there. If the railing for the steps is
missing or broken repair it. Certain federal funding will not go
through on a house which does not have a hand rail where there is
more than two steps. Again, replacing the hand rail makes the home
look more complete and adds to the safety factor.
Of course you will want to replace any broken windows or doors. This
can really damage the curb appeal when a buyer passes by and sees
this. Also, if there is vinyl siding which needs repaired or
replaced, you will want to do this.
The key to making your house more appealing is looking at it from
someone else's eyes. If you can not do this, enlist the aid of your
family and friends. They can take a look and assess what needs to be
replaced in a hurry. Make a list and just do it. Not only are you
adding more value to your home, you are appealing to more buyers.
When you have more buyers, you can sell your home in a lot less
time. All you need is a little curb appeal.
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