First impressions matter. Especially in real estate. When a buyer looks at your home’s for sale listing or in person before a tour, they will see exterior first. In order to put your home’s best foot forward, use these 6 easy tips to impress and attract more potential buyers. A house that looks clean and well cared for will help command a higher selling price.
You would be surprised at how many times a home with a “For Sale” sign in the yard has needed landscaping attention. When selling your house in the spring and summer, the goal is to make your yard look like a golf course fairway. Mow the yard every couple days, trim the edges, and keep it well watered. Adding fertilizers and other additives to keep your lawn lush and green are a must.
Add new soil and bark dust to your flower beds in addition to new annual flowers for a pop of color. Keep trees and bushes trimmed. Take this time to cut back or remove shrubs or trees that obscure the view of the house from the street. Buyers want to see the entire house. Of course, this applies to the backyard as well, but the front yard is what sells the house.
Wash the house
You can’t forget to deep clean the exterior of the house in addition to the interior. Wash off the siding, windows, screens, and shutters. Add a fresh coat of paint to revitalize the colors of your house. This may be pricey depending on the last time the house was painted, but the result is a home that looks brand new. In addition, rent a power washer and clean off the sidewalks, driveway, walkways, and any stepping stones. You will be amazed at the difference it makes in a few short minutes.
The easiest way to increase the curb appeal of your home is a new front door. A new font door in a wide range of styles and materials costs a few hundred dollars and can potentially add thousands in perceived value. If you like your current front door, give it a thorough cleaning and a fresh coat of paint. It can completely revamp the look of the exterior. In addition, new doors are more energy-efficient, which buyers will appreciate. A small added touch is a brand new doormat.
Fix deferred maintenance
It is hard to sell a home for top dollar on a whim. If you have the time, make sure to fix any maintenance projects that you have been putting off. Start by getting a home inspection. The inspector will make a list of repairs shat should/must be made. With the inspection results in hand, make the necessary repairs. Home system repairs like plumbing, HVAC, appliances, roofing, insulation, and sprinklers are pricey, but having them fixed will result in a high return on investment. In addition, you can disclose the home inspection report and all subsequent repairs to potential buyers. Buyers love having to not make immediate repairs after moving and are willing to pay more and negotiate less to get a home with thousands of dollars in completed repairs.
Lighting and fixtures
New door handles, light coverings, garage door handles, and address numbers can really elevate the style of the house. On top of that, they are inexpensive and take minutes to install. New energy-efficient light bulbs come in range of brightness and color, which can help nighttime safety in addition to highlighting the style of the home.
Bonus tip: do this for the interior as well. Drawer pulls, cabinet handles, light fixtures, and faucets can add perceived value to the inside as well. Once again, energy-efficient bulbs help lower utility bills and light the space better.
Take photographs that show off your hard work
More than 95% of home shoppers today use online listings to find homes for sale. Exterior photos are first, so make sure the photography reflects how good your house looks. Talk to your real estate agent about how they handle listing photography. For example, Build Idaho has an in-house professional real estate photographer. This helps us ensure the highest quality photos possible. In addition, all Build Idaho listings get aerial drone photography to showcase every angle of the property. All of this comes at zero cost to the seller because we want to provide the best real estate experience possible.
If you think now is the time to sell your home, send us a quick email to get started with one of our expert real estate agents, as well as get access to all of the amazing services Build Idaho has to offer.