Originally written by Amanda Davidson back east, these five tips are essential to ensuring buyers want to make the effort to see the inside of your home in person. Remember, today's "drive-by" is often done virtually, via on line photographs. The photographer needs a clean, bright, and colorful subject to create the best, first impression.
5 Curb Appeal Tips For Fall
Curb appeal is a topic in real estate that we talk about a lot when the weather is warm but, it’s also something sellers need to focus on as we enter the cooler months. Curb appeal is something that can and should be achieved year round! Fall provides a beautiful backdrop and let's face it, the first impression your home makes to buyers is from the exterior. If it’s not the right first impression they’ll never make it inside.
Lawn Care – it’s easy to not want to cut the grass one last time or slack off on trimming the bushes and mulching as well. However, now is not the time to slack on the lawn care and landscaping. Rake the falling leaves, patch brown spots in the grass, and if the grass needs one last trim to have it looking pristine it will be time well spent. Plant seasonal flowers such as mums for a pop of color.
Front Door – make sure your front door is clean and free of any dirt. If the paint is dull or scratched give it a fresh coat to make the entrance stand out. Making your front door a focal point of the exterior is always a good idea no matter what season you’re selling your home. During the fall hang a simple wreath with fall foliage for an inviting touch.
Windows – summer often leaves behind a coat of pollen and a haze over the windows. Clean your windows! It sounds simple and it really is but, it’s something that often gets overlooked. Clean windows help light shine through and with the days getting shorter maximizing light is a must.
Roof and Gutters – falling leaves mean your home is more exposed and that increases the need to make the exterior shine. If there are missing or loose shingles have them replaced. Check the gutters to make sure they’re secured and free of any debris. Having these items in top shape will not only add curb appeal it will also signal to buyers that your home is well maintained.
Driveway – your driveway likely needs some love prior to putting your home on the market. At the very least it will need to be pressure washed and cleaned. If its asphalt cracks may need to be filled and it may even need resealing. Concrete cracks, depending on their size may be filled but, if they’re large it might be time to have new concrete poured. The driveway is the path that leads buyers to your home, make sure it gives them the right impression.
You have a very limited amount of time to capture a buyer’s attention and make the right first impression. It takes less than a minute for a buyer to size up the exterior of your home and either want to come inside for a tour or keep moving. Putting time and effort into the details to present your home in the best light on the exterior will set the stage to invite buyers in to see all that it has to offer on the interior!