Curb Appeal and your home

Real Estate Agent with Rich Ferretti Real Estate

If you are like so many home-sellers right now, your house has been on sale a couple months, and you are starting to wonder if it is ever going to sell.

The current economy has produced a flood of homes on the market, lowered prices and not enough buyers able to make the purchase. These factors are meaning houses are on the market longer and selling for less than the original asking price-and sometimes dramatically under the home-value!

Fortunately there are things you can do to keep your asking price up and to draw in more buyers. With just a few updates, you can completely change the curb appeal of your house.

First, take a look at the property from across the street and write down all the things that look like they could detract from seeing the overall greatness of the house. Are there things that could be cleaned up, such as extra lawn ornaments, children's toys, or even several cars in the driveway? Is the front walkway clean, in good repair and inviting? Is there a burst of color that attracts the eye to the front door like a contrasting paint color or flower box? Are leaves raked up and trees and shrubs neatly trimmed?

If you live in a snowy climate, remember that it is even more difficult to sell a home in the winter months. Make sure that the driveway, walk and steps are all shoveled and salted, and that the numbers on the mailbox and door are visible.

Also remember to keep the house well light, inside and out, so that buyer's driving by at dusk or on a cloudy day can get a feel for how warm and inviting the home is.

People looking for a new house today and lucky to have a buyer's market, and pick of the best houses available. Make sure yours is the one they look at by taking away any negatives, or reasons someone will just "drive-by." This is a fickle economy, but you capture the interest of those people who are looking!

Also, don't forget to ask your real estate agent to take new pictures of the outside of the home and the property after you have made your updates-show off to potential buyer's the assets of the home that could be theirs!


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