When a potential buyer drives up to a listed property, the first few seconds can literally make or break a sale. It is very important that attention has been given to make the property’s exterior as appealing as possible.
- Cultivate a healthy lawn. Sod isn’t necessary
but work to eliminate weeds and dirt patches.
- In cold weather, the walkways should be clear
of snow and ice.
- Trim landscaping so that doors and windows
are fully viewable from the street.
- Don’t camouflage your property with too many plants and flowers.
- Remove any tree limbs near or touching the roof.
- Clear rain gutters and chimneys.
- Remove mold on sidewalks, roof and patio.
- Pressure wash siding, porches, sidewalks and decks.
- Put away garden equipment and tools.
- Upon entering the home, the potential buyer should be met with a clean, uncluttered and inviting atmosphere. It is very important to understand there is only one opportunity
to make a favorable first impression.
- The front door should be in good repair and the entry area should be warm and inviting, right down to the welcome mat.
- Clean windows and open curtains and shades to maximize natural light entering the house.
- Clutter will make a room seem smaller. Remove extra furnishings to give the house a clean, simple appearance. Buyers want to imagine their belongings in the spaces.
- Bathrooms and kitchens are the most important rooms
and should be absolutely spotless.
- Pay attention to clutter in closets, storage spaces, attics and basements. Lights should be on in these dark areas.
- Make necessary repairs that can be eyesores. Small things, left undone, can suggest neglect and minimize value.
- Don’t underestimate the value of a fresh coat of paint!