Great curb appeal is everything when selling your house! Real estate agents know you never get a second chance to make a first impression. Your house’s exterior is a potential buyer’s first impression. That is one reason curb appeal is very important in marketing your home for sale. But more important is the emotional effect it has on a buyer. It has been proven that whatever the first impression is, the buyer will unconsciously look for things throughout the house to reinforce their first impression. So, if they are impressed from the start they will continue to reinforce the positive impression by looking for other features that impress them through your house.
The first place to start in making a great impression is the front yard. Make sure your mailbox is in great shape. Be sure that your address numbers are clearly visible from the street.
Prune trees and shrubs, making sure there aren’t any branches near the roofline or outer walls of your home. Have the bushes cut lower than the home’s windows to allow maximum light into the house. Be sure bushes are trimmed away from the driveway making it easy for drivers to see when entering or exiting the driveway.
Mow the lawn on a regular basis or have a professional landscape crew maintain your yard when you have the house on the market. Have the yard edged for a clean look around the flower beds, driveway, sidewalks and patio. Pull weeds and install fresh mulch or pine straw to freshen the landscape beds.
Plant seasonal flowers in the front yard to give a pop of color in the landscape. Try to coordinate the flowers to accent the colors of your front door or shutters. This will help draw the buyer’s eyes to the exterior facade of the home and lead them to the front door.
Remove all cobwebs and wash exterior windows and light fixtures. Power wash the driveway, sidewalks, patio and decks. Repair any major cracks in the cement.
Take note of any damage to siding, windows, window screens and doors. Have items repaired before listing the home. Home maintenance issues will only raise concerns with potential buyers. It is better to correct the issues before a buyer visits the home.
Create a welcoming entrance for the buyers. When an agent is working to open the lockbox for a key, the buyers have time to notice the details, whether good or bad, around your front door. A fresh coat of paint, new door hardware, new doormat and potted plants will enhance the buyer’s first impression of your home.
Selling your home in a challenging market is a difficult endeavor. Taking the right steps to create great curb appeal improves your chances of selling quickly and for top dollar. Remember you never get a second chance to make a first impression!