It’s amazing what a little curb appeal can do for a home sale. In fact, just simply power washing your home can add another $10 to $15K to its sale price, depending on the property’s age. Adding beautiful landscaping? That can help even more, bringing in 5 to 7 percent more than homes lacking in the yard department.
Needless to say, the way your home looks on the outside is pretty darn important – at least if you want your home sold quickly and at a great price.
So if you’re listing your home (or considering putting it on the market) take some time to seriously assess your property’s curb appeal. Make sure you’re not sabotaging your sale in any of these big ways:
- It’s dirty. If your paint is dirty and smudged, the gutters are overflowing and the windows are cloudy and hard to see through, rent a power washer for a day. They’re usually less than $100, and they can to wonders to improve the number of buyers interested in and bidding on your home. After all, no one wants a dirty home; they’re just not attractive and they equal more upkeep!
- The paint or siding needs work. Your home could be in pristine condition on the inside, but if the outside paint is chipped and the siding is cracked, it’s going to look in disarray from the second potential buyers visit your property. Pay attention to the superficial items on your home, and invest some time in money in fixing them up. Give your home a new coat of paint, replace broken siding and make your home look as good on the outside as it does on the inside.
- Things are broken. Are shutters falling? Gutters missing? Windows cracked? These are other items that can point to a poorly cared for home, sending potential buyers for the hills. If you can, fix these items on your own before listing the property, or call in a local handyman to do the tasks for you. They’re usually minor, but can make a big impact on your home’s ability to sell.
- Your stoop isn’t welcoming. Buyers want to feel at home when they enter a property – to imagine themselves walking through that door after work, greeting the kids and sitting down to dinner. Though sure, you could physically welcome them to the home anytime you get a buyer stopping by, the real welcoming should come from your front stoop – your patio, porch or front door area where they’ll enter the home for the first time. If it’s empty and boring that’s one thing, but a front stoop in disrepair is certainly a no-no. Spend about $50 sprucing up the area where you can. Paint the front door, put on new handles, add a hanging plant and put down a welcome mat. These little touches can go a long way.
- Your landscaping isn’t great (or is nonexistent.) Your lawn is one of the very first things a potential buyer will see. A well-kept one, with trimmed grass, perfect edges and no weeds is going to endear a buyer to the home. They’ll think “look how well the owner cared for the place” or “wow, that looks easy to maintain.” A messy, weed-filled lawn in disarray? That’s going to do the exact opposite. Always consider hiring a professional lawn service when listing your home, so it’s always trim and in good condition no matter what the season. And if you really want to impress potential buyers, put some resources into additional landscaping, too. Plant some flowers and trees, add mulch to the front garden and add other elements like rocks, fountains, etc.
- Your mailbox and house numbers are ugly. These sound like minor things (and they are) but they can have a major impact on the outlook of your home. If your mailbox is leaning, rusted or just plain outdated, spend the extra $50 to $100 bucks to replace it with a newer model. You can even paint it to make it stand out. The same goes for your house numbers. If they’re hard to see or just plain boring, head to the hardware store and find some more exciting, updated versions. Every little touch counts.
What is your curb appeal doing for your home’s sale? Contact The Claus Team today. We’ll help ensure your home is impressing potential buyers from the very first visit. Call us now to get started.