How's Your Curb Appeal?
Just as there is no second chance to create a first impression, the same is true about the first impression a potential buyer will have of your home. And nothing can build that first impression any more than great curb appeal. Before even walking through the front door, much of a potential buyer's opinion of your home is formed by what they see just outside the door, that is from the curb. Great curb appeal or the lack of it can either make or break the sale of your home, not to mention add or reduce value in the form of dollars. Listed below is a checklist of things you can do to make sure your home is well-prepared in the area of curb appeal.
- Power wash the outside of the house. If you have loose, peeling, cracking paint, a fresh coat of paint would be advisable.
- Be sure windows are washed and are free of any debris.
- Clean out gutters and replace if they’re rusty, bent or look old and in disrepair.
- Rake leaves and dead vegetation and dispose of it.
- Keep the lawn mowed throughout the sales process. Make sure sidewalks and walkways are edged neatly.
- Remove, dandelions and grass growing up through the driveway or sidewalks.
- Trim trees so that no limbs are making contact with the roof.
- Repair or replace loose roof shingles.
- Make sure all yard tools and toys are stowed away. Roll up that garden hose neatly.
- Put bikes, skateboards and scooters in the garage or outdoor storage building.
- If you have a basketball goal, replace the net if it’s torn, dingy or worn.
- Trim back unkept bushes.
- Install a motion detector light in the front yard so when prospective buyers come by in the evening, they can see the front of the house.
- Install low-wattage ground lights along the front walkway.
- Keep the walkway to the house, the driveway and sidewalk in front of the house swept.
- Plant bright-colored flowers and keep them watered and looking beautiful. Remove wilted dead blooms regularly.
- Give your front door a fresh coat of paint.
- Replace the door’s hardware.
- Paint or stain your wood fences and repair any broken fencing.
- Keep garbage cans out of sight.
And curb appeal extends beyond the front of the house to the sides and back of your house as well. For instance, make sure your deck or patio is power washed and a fresh coat of stain applied to the deck if necessary. Secure any loose railing or boards on your deck. You can also consider setting up a comfortable sitting area in the back yard. Staging the outdoor living spaces is a great idea.
Ultimately, you want your curb appeal to attract prospective buyers rather than repel them. With a little extra attention, you can position yourself well in the attempt to get the most from what may be your greatest financial investment.
Bobby Sutton, Realtor
Weichert, Realtors - Ford Brothers
Mobile: (606) 492-5169
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