The majority of buyers decide whether they will go inside a house or not based on what the exterior. The more time you spend on the outside of your house, the more time a buyer will want to spend on the inside.
Simple Curb Appeal Exercise –
Think to yourself:
What is my first impression of my house?
What are the best features of the outside of the house? How can I enhance those features?
What are the worst features of the house? How can I reduce those features?
Park where a buyer would leave their car and walk up to your house as they would. Is there anything about the exterior that you would notice first? Is it a good thing or a bad thing?
Take pictures of the outside of the house. Look at the pictures in black and white; it is easier to see the problem areas this way.
Make a list of projects that need to be completed. Things as simple as:
-Kill mold and mildew
– Put away tools and unsightly objects
-Clean windows and gutters
-Pressure wash siding, decks and sidewalks
-Kill weeds and edge sidewalks
-MOW THE LAWN!
-Get rid of leaves
-Keep tree limbs away from the roof
Don’t forget the back of the house.
You should spend just as much time maintaining the back of the house as you do the front. Chances are, buyers will do their best to see what the backyard looks like.
What does it look like at night?
Try adding some (tasteful) lighting. Accent lighting could have a huge impact on a buyer driving past the property at night. What ever you do, DO NOT leave Christmas lights up past the holiday season.
-Fresh paint really makes a difference
-Front doors leave an impression. Try something with glass.
-Think of everything from stains to hardware (doorknobs etc.)
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