You only get one chance to make a first impression
Creating good curb appeal has never been more important than in the current real estate market. Buyers have many choices since there are many homes on the market and sellers are competing with bargain foreclosures and bank owned properties. Here are a few tips to help you spruce up the curb appeal of your house and make it stand out from the competition.
View from the Street – Make sure the grass is cut and bushes are trimmed and all of the kid’s toys are put away and not laying around the yard. It would also be a good idea to put some of the lawn gnomes in storage. It is best to have a crisp look and minimal lawn ornaments
Sidewalks & Driveway – Make sure that the sidewalks and driveway are clean and there are no weeds growing in the cracks. A container of Roundup can help with this, simply spray the grass or weeds that are growing in the cracks and it will be dead and gone in just a few days. The nice thing about using Roundup in the crack is that it will help prevent more weeds from growing. Usually two applications will address the issue for the entire summer.
Lawn – The grass should be kept cut and if there are weeds popping up you can always spot spray them with weed killer. The grass around the walks and drive should be neatly edged, so it isn’t growing over the cement.
Porch – A couple of chairs on the porch and maybe a small table so there is a place to set your iced tea. Just make sure there is enough room to move around on the porch.
Front Door – the door should be clean and if the paint is faded or chipped it would be well worth the effort to give the door (and trim) a fresh coat of paint. As potential buyers are standing in front of the door waiting for their agent to unlock it they will look around and if they see evidence of a lack of maintenance they will automatically assume that the rest of the house is not properly cared for either.
Windows – The windows should be clean, again to show that the home is well cared for and it will also allow plenty of light in.
Gutters & Roof – If there is debris (sticks, leaves, weeds) visible in the gutters or on the roof when you are standing in the yard be sure to clean them out. Take a look out any second floor windows and if you can see in any gutters or on the roof you will want to make sure that these areas are kept clean.
Bonus Tips – Exterior Photos
Since the initial impression buyers have often comes from the main exterior photo on the listing in the MLS there are some dos and don’ts for the photo.
|Leave the garage door open||Make sure the yard is orderly|
|Take a photo with the pet in the yard||Remove all cars from the driveway|
|Shoot the photo through traffic||Get the entire front of the house in the photo|
|Take a photo with the trash at the curb||Get a couple of shots up close to the entry|
|Get the neighbor’s kids in the photo||Pick the most inviting photo for the MLS|
I hope these tip help you when preparing to sell your house. These tips come from observations of thousands of homes that I have shown and seen in the MLS. Most of these tips will cost nothing to implement and could make a huge impact in the number of showings your house draws. As I’m sure you already know the more showings the more potential for offers. I wish you the best of luck in your endeavor to sell your house. If you are in the Metro Detroit area I would be more than happy to help you get your house sold for the highest price the market will bear.
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