14 ways to get buyers inside the home

Real Estate Agent with Cynthia Froid Grop

I know we have all had clients who pull up in front of the house and see the curb appeal and sometime just want to move on.  Here are some easy things sellers can do to make it where this doesnt happen to them

1. Give the home a fresh coat of paint if it has been a while or if the outside is looking weathered.

2. Keep the lawn looking good.  If you have to, reseed in the spots that are looking shabby.

3. Change and outdated fixtures on the outside just as you would the inside.

4. Repair bricks, mortar and concrete driveways if possible.

5. Make sure that your landscaping looks well maintained.  Landscaping is the first thing they will see.

6. Fill in holes, especially in the back yard where dogs might have been.  We dont want the new buyers to see huge holes and wonder what the dog might have done to the inside of the property.  Better to just make it look like no dogs have ever been there.  OUT OF SIGHT, OUT OF MIND.

7. Replace old soil with a new top layer to make it look fresh and remember to plant colorful flowers to draw the eye towards the house (but you have to keep them healthy..... nobody likes dead flowers)

8. Trim your trees and bushes.  Get tree limbs away from the roof.  

9. Repaint or replace your shutters.  Shutters make the house look more welcoming, if you dont have some..... get some!!

10. Clean your windows.  Power-wash them if necessary.  A home with clean windows makes the home feel fresh.

11. Keep your outside toys in the garage (but make sure the garage is organized because buyers look there as well)

12. If the roof is missing shingles or looks bad, have it repaired.  Buyers will scare easily if the roof looks bad.

13.. Stay on top of the yard. ( i know thats a repeat, but its important)

14. If it is the holiday season, decorate your home!!! Make it visually appealing.  


All of these hints are very easy to do, but seller's very easily get out of the habit as soon as the home is listed, but the thing to remember is....... your home wont sell if the buyers wont get out of the car to walk through it.  


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Stephanie Moen (Lazcano)
Champions Real Estate Group - Houston, TX
Commercial Property Manager and Leasing Agent
Curb appeal is very important. They say don't judge a book by its cover but thats exactly what some buyers do when shopping for a home.
Feb 11, 2008 11:46 AM #1
Rob Arnold
Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc. - Altamonte Springs, FL
Metro Orlando Full Service - Investor Friendly & F
Some great ideas.  Thanks for putting together such a thorough list of items.
Feb 11, 2008 11:48 AM #2
Dick Betts
REALTOR® The Villages, Florida
Thanks for the post, easy enough to just copy and paste and use with those homes that need the advice.
Feb 11, 2008 11:52 AM #3
Konnie Mac McCarthy
MacNificent Properties, LLC - Cobb Island, MD
Broker/Owner - VA & MD "Time To Get A Move On!"
15. Club em over the head and drag them in (well...that's with the one listing I have )
Feb 11, 2008 01:27 PM #4
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