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CREATING CURB APPEAL
Whether viewing an online photo or driving by your home, a home shopper will decide in a simple glance whether they want to see more of your home.
First impressions are powerful, so creating curb appeal is crucial to garnering interest in your home.
Curb appeal (how your home looks from the road) is so persuasive that your well-prepared house may even catch the attention of buyers who didn't find the written description particularly compelling.
Take a drive around your neighborhood and the surrounding area and see what homes appeal to you.
Homes with clean yards and groomed lawns will be more impressive than homes with uncut grass and overgrowth.
The outside appearance of your property should be an invitation to come inside.
Potential home buyers are drawn to welcoming entries and uncluttered yards.
Would you be attracted to a home with dead shrubbery and a weather-worn exterior?
You may feel that the home is neglected on the inside as well as the outside.
Here lies the importance of curb appeal.
When you drive up to your home, take inventory of things that need attention.
With simple improvements like weeding, trimming, and window washing, you can improve the appearance of your home in an afternoon.
Low-cost investments like power washing the house and concrete, repainting trim, and adding landscaping also help your house have more curb appeal.
The goal here is to get more money for your home.
Home buyers generally aren't interested in a home that needs work unless you want to sell below market value.
If you have poor landscaping, dingy exterior paint, or an unkempt yard, they may drive by without wanting to see the rest of your home.
Look around your yard and list everything that needs work.
•Are your shrubs, trees, flower gardens, and walkways tidy?
•Is there trash or a general mess in your yard?
•Does everything (front light, garage door, porch rails, etc.) function properly and look its best?
•Could outdoor features, like patio furniture or the deck, be updated with a quick coat of paint?
Make the necessary improvements to update the exterior of your property, and think how many people will be drawn to
of your home when they see how beautiful it is from your curb!
You may find yourself with a long list of things to do; it takes hard work to get a home ready to sell.
Anyone can put a house on the market, but not everyone sells quickly or with great profits.
Follow these guidelines to improve your chances of selling your home quickly and for the best price.
Creating a Grand Entrance
Impressing the home shopper at the front door is as important as the curb appeal.
This means more than putting out a welcome mat or potted plants.
You want them to feel safe and secure when they open the door.
The doorknob is the first point they touch on your home. If the entry handset is worn or loose, you will need to replace your door handle with a heavy-duty deadbolt and knob combination.
This wise investment of less than $50 will make your home more visibly impressive.
A flimsy lock or handle on your front door will make potential home buyers feel uncomfortable, and they may not even know why. Security is important to home buyers.
The front door is a focal point, so make it impressive, too. Is the paint on your metal door faded?
Is it peeled and flaking?
Freshen it up and add a dash of color.
Choose a paint that complements the color of your home.
Replacing a wooden fence gates, arbors, or fencing panels need to be clean and fresh as well.
•Clean downspouts and gutters. Repaint or touch up to eliminate rust spots.
You don't want your home to appear neglected.
•Make sure the walkway to your front door is easy to approach.
Don't let stacked hoses or unruly landscaping interfere with home shoppers walking up to your home.
You want to present an inviting look.
•If your railings look weathered, consider a fresh coat of stain or paint.
•Faded or chipping paint, siding, or trim will always detract from curb appeal.
Giving your home a fresh coat of paint is recommended. If your exterior paint is good, make sure your doors and window trim are, too.
It is well worth the cost this upgrade will add to the overall look and feel of your home.
•Power washing the house, walkways, and driveway can be almost as effective as repainting, at a much lower cost.
Power washers are easily rented from your local hardware store.
•Adding some stone or stone veneer to the face of your home is an inexpensive way to instantly update your home if it complements the design.
•Add a "smart" doorbell. Eight of 10 home doorbells are outdated or not working, so if you invest $200 in a doorbell equipped with a camera and speaker, you will gain the approval of home shoppers who are looking for security measures.
Curb appeal is one of the most important elements in selling your home quickly and successfully.
You can create interest in your home before buyers even step out of the car, no matter how uninterested they might have been initially.
Leam about strategic interior staging in the upcoming chapters.
Understand the power of photography in marketing your home. Know where to spend and where to save.
The investment of your time and energy to update can improve the way your home is appraised, viewed, and valued.
Next chapter to follow soon