You only get to make one first impression, and that first look can affect buyers in ways that even they don’t fully realize. When you are thinking of selling your home, ensure the exterior is well maintained if you are looking for top dollar.
While it is not as valuable as the updates within the home, you want buyers to enter your home to see your wonderful upgrades correct? If the outside is in poor condition, they will assume the interior is the same and may not even enter the home. Do not leave offers on the table because you didn’t think they mattered. When selling a home, everything matters, no detail is too small. Here are some inexpensive MUST DOs to the exterior. If you can’t afford to repaint, then make the walk up to the home look better.
Mow The Lawn
It really is that simple. While you’re at it, you should also make sure the hedges, bushes, and trees are all looking perfect and well cared for. Long grass and especially brown grass is a sign of neglect. We cant say it enough… you only have one chance to make a first impresion. I always assume a home is unoccupied or has neglectful owners with poorly maintained lawn (Sorry… I’m sure I’m not the only one)
A fresh coat of paint is all well and good, but often enough the only thing the old paint needs is a good scrub in order to look as good as new. Also, depending on the type of water and trees around the home, your driveway may change colors or have stains that are easily removed with one good wash. It can really make a huge difference in people’s perception of your home.
Fill The Garden
Adding a new garden may not be a good return on investment depending on the size and soil conditions, but at the same time you can’t allow any existing gardens to grow wild or stick out as barren plots of dirt. Your best bet is to speak with a gardening expert to find out which ornamental plants survive best in our emotional New England weather without much tending so that you can concentrate on other things without having to hire a gardening service. We just want it to look pretty and to last.
Reseal The Drive
Not every kind of pavement demands a coat of sealant, but it can be surprising just how appealing a fresh coat of black tar looks on the driveways and parking spaces of a property with the right kind. You can also utilize cement and be creative with designs and imprints.
Using curb appeal to attract buyers can feel like an underhanded way to manipulate buyers, but it really isn’t when you consider how common and inexpensive it is to improve a property’s beauty. Not only can everyone who’s selling or renting a property do it, but you’re effectively allowing buyers to judge the property on its real merits rather than on a negative judgement buyers don’t even realize they make. Do not leave thousands on the table when it would have cost you a couple hundred to get higher offers on your home.