Never underestimate the importance of curb appeal. An attractive, well-maintained home will generally sell faster and for a higher price than a similar home that’s outdated. The outside is your first chance to make a good first impression.
Here are some of the things that you’ll need to think about when reviewing your home’s exterior. It may need repairs and updates to sell for top dollar.
- Keep the lawn mowed and shrubs trimmed.
- Remove dead tree limbs and other yard debris.
- Plant fresh shrubs and flowers.
- Arrange outdoor items neatly and put away lawn equipment.
- Check siding, trim and doors – especially the front door – for dirt and peeling paint.
- Check your fence.
- Check loose or damaged roof shingles or flashing.
- Clean and repair broken windows or screens.
- Clean gutters and downspouts.
- Wash the driveway and sidewalk.
- Clean and neatly arrange the garage or shed.
- Make sure the gas grill is clean.
- Make sure the entry light and doorbell work.
If you find that a repair is needed on anything listed, fix the entire defect so it will not cause a distraction.
Tips for Showing Your Home
Your home should be looking its best when an agent shows it to potential buyers.
Here are some tips for making sure your home is ready for a showing.
- Turn on all the lights, including the outside entrance.
- Turn off the TV.
- Take your pets with you or ask a friend to watch the pets.
- Put out fresh flowers, your best towels and a nice tablecloth, if suitable to your decor.
- Do not use scented sprays and remember: There’s no substitute for clean.
- Empty your kitchen trash, even if it is stored under the kitchen sink.
- Keep the beds made in all bedrooms.
- Open all draperies and curtains to let in as much natural light as possible.
- Pick up stray items – newspapers, empty glasses, etc.
- Keep floors swept, mopped and vacuumed.
- Dust daily.
It’s best to leave when your real estate agent or another agent brings a buyer to your home. This allows the buyer to take his or her time and feel more comfortable asking questions. If you must remain, let the agents handle the questions unless you are asked directly.