Greg Abbott- There is only one opportunity to make a first impression and selling your home is no exception. Statistics from the National Association of Realtors tell us that over 90% of today’s buyers are shopping online for their home before they schedule a showing. Curb appeal is often the difference between piqued interest and passing interest. Here are 5 quick tips to make sure your home is looking it’s best.
1. Front Door. Many of us return from our day and enter our homes through the garage or a rear entry and don’t take a daily look at our front entry. Is the door freshly painted? Is the porch scrubbed/stained/painted clean? Consider adding a good sized planter with fresh plants and a new welcome mat . Buyers will linger on the porch while their Realtor unlocks the door. A fresh updated feeling creates anticipation to enter the home.
2. Windows and Screens. Make sure that windows sparkle (inside and out) and screens are in good repair. Removed worn out or damaged screens and screen doors. This creates a clean and well maintained look.
3. Fresh Coat Of Paint. If your home has not been recently painted, consider a new coat. It enlivens the home and tells prospective buyers that it has been well kept. Buyers are often looking for the ‘easy’ button. They want to move in and feel good about how the place looks. Color choice? Choose neutral colors from exterior paint palette options found at reputable paint companies.
4. Landscape. Is your yard looking good? Have the flower beds been weeded and edged? Is it time to trim the bushes? It is easy to overlook plants that are overgrown. Cut down or trim tree branches. Add color in the garden to create appeal. Power wash the driveway and sidewalks.
5. Roof. How old is your roof? An old roof will likely not pass inspection. Sellers who want to avoid that red flag will have a new roof installed to insure a smooth deal. If your roof could use cleaning, this is the perfect time to do it. Gutters as well.
Whether it’s cars, boats or homes, the exterior condition matters to a prospective buyer. It will likely be one of the major reasons they request a showing. Need ideas? Ask your Realtor for home prep advice and referrals for contractors who can help you get the job done.
Greg Abbott is a broker for Windermere Real Estate in Bellevue, WA, located on Greater Seattle’s Eastside. Greg’s aim is make the Realtor connection easy and a ’right-fit’ for all clients. He is committed to knowledgeable, outstanding service.
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