The process of selling a home doesn’t have to be as difficult as you may think. By avoiding a few mistakes right from the beginning, you can help to position your home ahead of the competition and concentrate on getting it sold quickly and for the right price.
The exterior of your home, or curb appeal, is the first impression you give to buyers. In fact, potential buyers have already made some decisions about your home before they’ve even gotten out of their car, just based on what they see. The number one mistake sellers make is to neglect the exterior appeal of the home and just concentrate on the inside. The inside of a home can be just what a buyer is looking for, but if you’ve already turned them off, it can be difficult for them to see the true potential of the home, or bring an offer with the best price.
From the outdoor decorations you choose to the care you take in maintaining the landscape, show your home at its best to potential buyers with these tips:
1. Outdoor deco is a great way to add visual appeal, but avoid very personal things like religious items and be sure to put away children’s toys and pet items.
2. Over time, the grassy areas of your yard may have become your perfect garden oasis. While it was great for you, a potential buyer may see that as a lot of work. In order to appeal to the largest number of buyers, make some changes to offer a lower maintenance area.
3. Keep the driveway open and free of clutter. If you have a garage, park the car in it, don’t leave it in the driveway. Believe it or not, buyers will think there must not be enough room for their vehicle if yours is in the driveway.
4. The paint color of your home should be neutral, just like the interior. You may love the vibrant orange you chose two years ago, but a potential buyer may see that as work they have to do, which in turn will keep your home on the market longer or invite lower than asking price offers.
5. Weed, weed, weed, and get rid of anything dead. I can’t stress enough how important a little thing like weeding and dead plants can be when your home is for sale. The way you present the landscaping gives buyers a look into how well you maintain the home overall.
6. Replace, fix, or paint things like shutters and window boxes. If it’s been on your to-do list, make sure it’s done before putting the home on the market. That goes for seasonal maintenance as well, like power washing sidewalks and siding or brick.
7. Just as buyers get their first impression of the overall home from your curb appeal, you must take into consideration how well your neighbors take care of their yards. If there is a particular yard that hasn’t been kept up, you could offer your help in bringing it back to life!
Do you have any other tips to add? Do you have a curb appeal nightmare story? Please leave a comment below, I’d love to hear them!
My name is June Seebohm and I am an experienced Realtor serving the Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, SC area’s. I am happy to help you in any way that I can in regards to learning about our beautiful area, as well as any and all of your real estate needs or questions! Please don’t hesitate to contact me via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 843-290-2929. I also have a Facebook Page and would love to connect with you there. Whether you are a vacationer, resident, buyer, seller, or current home owner/renter interested in the Hilton Head area, this is a blog you’ll want to follow!