First impressions matter. According to the National Association of Realtors’ 2016 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, almost half of potential buyers first looked up homes online. After using the Internet to view photos of the home, 44 percent of buyers drove to the home and viewed the neighborhood and exterior of the home, without walking inside the home. (NAR). Therefore, taking the the time to implement a few simple steps to update and maintain your home’s exterior will invite potential home buyers to go inside to check out all that your home has to offer.
First, how does your front yard’s landscaping look? A desert landscape riddled with weeds and overgrown trees, or a lawn that isn’t trimmed and freshly watered shouts “deferred maintenance” to any potential buyer. Pruning and trimming all trees and shrubs will allow potential buyers to actually see your home, and will also demonstrate that you care about your property. Placing fresh flowers or desert plants in pots near your walkway or front door is also another quick and inexpensive step to freshen up your home’s exterior and landscape. A good rule of thumb: no empty planters or pots when getting ready to sell and show your home.
Second, power-washing your driveway, walkway and front entry way is a c critical (yet inexpensive) step that will instantly pay off. Then, be sure to keep your front walkway and entryway swept clean before all showings. While you are at it, be sure that your windows are clean and sparkle at all times, so buyers looking out to the front yard can appreciate and enjoy the fruits of your labor. Clean windows also maximize the amount of interior light in the home, and light-filled homes are desired by most, if not all, potential buyers.
Third, if you have a patio area or large entry way, place a chair or two here, to showcase a conversation area to your potential buyers as they are walking into your home. Only implement this suggestion, however, if this furniture is in good condition. Additionally, the decluttering and simplifying rule that applies to the interior of your home also applies to the exterior and landscaping, so be sure to remove any yard or lawn art from your front yard and entry way. Keeping the door clean of decorations is another way to showcase the architecture and beauty of your home without providing unnecessary distractions. Finally, making the sure the hardware on your front door is updated (ie, brushed nickel instead of brass) and in good working condition is critical to a good first impression.
As your realtor, I’d be happy to give you more advice specific to your home and situation to help you maximize your home’s curb appeal. Contact Us today!