In a competitive housing market, how do you ensure your home gets seen by the most prospective purchasers? We have two words for you: curb appeal.
The exterior sometimes is an afterthought, which is a mistake. Think about it: you only have one chance to make a first impression. Within seconds of seeing your home, buyers will have formed their opinion. They either like what they see and want to see more, or they won’t give your listing a second thought as they continue to the next, neater, nicer house for sale down the street.
If you want to sell your home, you’ve got to start thinking like a buyer. Most people will start their search by scouring online listings. If your photos survive the first round of cuts, homebuyers will do a drive-by or schedule a showing to see the home for themselves.
Here are five easy and low-cost updates to boost your home’s curb appeal – in photos and in person.
1. A Fresh Coat
Paint your front door, shutters and trim. This will freshen up the overall exterior and give your home that special something that buyers will remember.
2. By The Numbers
Replace your odd and dingy house number, doorknob and mailbox.
3. Light ‘er up
A popular open house tip is to turn on all the lights to give your home sense of warmth and liveability.
4. Landscaped Love
A well-tended gardens alludes to a well-maintained home-something most homebuyers would consider a plus.
5. Raise the roof
While this isn’t exactly a “cheap” fix, but it could be well worth the the price in the grand scheme of things.
It can be tough to judge a home that you’ve lived in for a long time. Here’s where it can help to ask your real estate agent to offer some constructive criticism to help bring your home up to par. After all, their mission is the same as yours – the sell your home for the right price and in quick time frame.