When it comes to selling your home first impressions are everything. A buyer will make up his or her mind within the first seven seconds of seeing it. “And it’s the outside they’ll see in those first few seconds,” said Deb Sarsany of the Deb Sarsany Team at The Real Estate Group.
With more than 20 years’ experience in real estate Deb knows a thing or two about curb appeal and provides Eighteen21.com House and Home readers with her top tips to getting it right.
“First of all, when you’re selling your home you need to look at it through the eyes of a buyer,” said Deb. “It also helps to hire a realtor with staging experience and a keen eye for the details.”
If you are worried that your home lacks curb appeal ask yourself the following:
Does the home say “welcome”?
Do your buyers need to walk through leaves or snow to get to your front door.
Does the house need a fresh coat of paint or power washing?
Are the window and screens clean?
Does the front door need touching up or replaced? If you have a storm door, are the windows clean?
Is the path to the home clear and in good condition or does it need repair work?
Depending on the season you are selling in, does the lawn need mowing, the hedges cutting, the leaves raked, or the snow and ice removed?
Does any of the siding need replacing?
Does the roof need to be replaced?
Is your yard/porch entry way cluttered with children’s toys?
Will potential buyers have the same regard for the quirky garden ornaments that you do - perhaps not.
If you have a wrap-around porch are you demonstrating its full potential as an additional outdoor seating and entertainment area?
Is the garden furniture in good condition or does it need removed or replacing?
Do you have a dog? If yes, it is important to scoop daily.
“If you do need to freshen up the paint make sure you choose a neutral color that will appeal to the masses. If you’re investing in new shrubs, trees or plants, for the yard I’d go for low maintenance evergreens in case it takes a while for the home to sell,” said Deb.
“I often recommend to my buyers they do a drive by of the home, during different hours of the day, including the evening, which means sellers should always consider how their home looks during daylight and in the dark,” said Deb. “Are there any outdoor light fixtures that need replacing, for example?”
Add a warm touch with a seasonal wreath or lights at Xmas said Deb. “Buyers will find it easier to imagine themselves in your home if it is welcoming.”
For more information about the Deb Sarsany Team at The Real Estate Group visit: facebook.com/debsarsanyteam or call (217) 313-0580.