What Curb Appeal Means for Potential Buyers
When home buyers are trying to decide which properties to view, they generally rely on “curb appeal” to make their decision. Whether or not it’s a fair assessment, most buyers assume the exterior of a house is a good indicator of its condition on the inside. By driving by the property or viewing the listing photo online, buyers make snap judgments about whether they want to spend time viewing the home’s interior.
You obviously want to spend as little as possible on the upfront repairs necessary to get your home ready to sell. However, the house will need to pass an inspection before the final contract is agreed upon, so it’s good to spend as much on repairs as your budget comfortably allows. Here are several points to consider.
- The front of your home should shout, “Welcome! Please come in.” The more buyers are attracted to your property, the more showings you will generate for your house.
- From a personalized door knocker to a garden stone, be sure to remove any decorative items with your name on them as well as flags or banners of your favorite sports teams. Potential buyers want to be able to imagine their own preferences when it comes to outdoor accessories.
- Repaint or replace an unattractive front door. From the curb, it’s the focal point of most houses.
- According to houzz.com, “Landscaping consistently makes the list of things that can influence a home sale. If you do not have a green thumb, it could be worth it to invest in professional services from someone who does.”
- Whether your driveway is concrete or asphalt, be sure to repair any cracks or holes in the surface.
- If your home needs exterior painting or a new roof, discuss the cost versus what you can expect to recoup in the sale price with your real estate professional. Depending on the current market competition, these expenses may be a necessity for the house to sell in a timely manner.
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