The first impression is the last impression and buyers start judging the house right from the curb.
Spring and summer season are inviting times to impress buyers with excellence in curb appeal. They are so ready to wear the assessing cap from the moment they park the car or walk in! The good thing is that this is the season to create a greater curb appeal with a lot more ease than any other time so why not do it!
1. Clean up, Trim and Mulch
Getting general cleaning up of the outdoors, porch, garden areas are a vital first step. Consider a power wash with a pressure washer. Clean up all weeds and trim all shrubbery neatly. If you don't want to buy new equipment or want to DIY simply rent a pressure washer from Home Depot which usually have them to rent out. Fresh Mulch is equivalent to perceiving "newness", it is a sign of a well cared for home and one can mostly never go wrong with that.
2. Plant or Place
Consider blooms and colorful plants that go with your outdoors. Colorful flowers or planters at the entrance are worth placing and with planters or pots you can avoid planting them yourself if you have limited time to spare. Consider water wise flowers which can also be low maintenance or if your outdoors is more attuned to succulents go in that direction.
3. Evaluate the Entry
Make sure all overhead light fixtures are working and give a long critical look at your entry. What can you do to improve and impress?. Are there any old boards which are an eye sore, crumbling edges or cracks, tackle them and you will see a difference. In its 2014 Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report, National Association of Realtors found that entry door, windows can recoup 78% of their costs at home sale, thus ranking as one of the top home remodels to consider.. So a brand new door or new hardware on the lock is fair to consider if the old door is not in a great condition. Alternatively, consider a fresh coat of paint or stain and you will achieve the same goal.
A simple sleek brand new door mat is a straightforward must do tactic. Nothing much to elaborate on that one!
4. Emotional Seating appeal
If you have outdoor furniture in display make sure that it is clean and bright. Making a warm, seating area inviting enough to buyers creates strong emotional connections and affects buyer psyche positively. Add a few bright throw pillows for a pop of color.
5. Create Visibility
Make sure the home is visible as buyers park their car. It may be worthwhile to consider getting trees that are blocking the view trimmed and manicured. Move your cars away during showings so that the home is visible in all its glory!
Ultimately we need to make sure that as buyers drive through the neighborhood, seeing all the other homes....approaching your home - you create a great first impression of a beautiful home starting from - A great curb appeal.
Until next time,
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