What would buyers see if they drove up to your home? Take a look. Stand outside your home and try to look at it through a stranger’s eyes. First impressions are lasting impressions. If buyers see paint peeling, a crack in a window, or an unkempt yard, they are apt to speculate that there are other, more substantial things wrong with the home.
“First impressions are lasting impressions”
That first impression, or curb appeal, can make the difference in the amount of money a buyer is willing to offer.
Here are some suggestions to enhance the curb appeal of your home:
- Mow the lawn, clean up the yard, and prune the shrubs
- Scrub or paint the front porch and door
- Check porch/deck and hand railings to ensure they are secure
- Wash the windows; make them sparkle!
- Pick up and put away toys and bikes in the yard
- Check that lawn furniture is in good condition, or put it away in storage
- Add lots of charm with pots of flowers
- Repair and paint any fencing, if necessary
- Clean out gutters and downspouts as necessary
- Pressure wash the home to make it really “pop” visually
These improvements are essential. A prospective buyer, when met with an untidy home, can’t help but wonder if there are problems with the rest of the house.
Sometimes it helps to have an outside perspective. Feel free to call or email me if I can answer any questions or make any suggestions to improve your home’s curb appeal. I would love to come give you a FREE analysis of your home.
Flat Rock Realty