A buyer will usually decide within two minutes whether they like your house. The first impression is often the lasting impression. And they start forming their opinion before they even set foot in your home!
It is a smart question to ask yourself if your house is as presentable as it can be for a faster sale at a the best price. The best way to find out is to imagine you’re a prospective buyer. You’ve probably been looking at other homes, so approach your present home the way you look at other houses.
Your real estate agent will do all of the things necessary to bring in the prospects – but when it comes down to the nub of it, your house is going to have to help sell itself.
Below are some tips to follow for making small, inexpensive cosmetic changes that will increase your chances of selling.
Clean Up, Fix Up, Paint Up Outside
1.) Invest in landscaping where it can be seen at first sight. A well-manicured lawn, neatly clipped shrubbery, cleanly swept walks create a good first impression.
2.) An extra shot of fertilizer, in season, will make your grass look lush and green.
3.) Cut back overgrown shrubbery that looks scraggly or keeps light out of the house.
4.) Paint your house if necessary. This can probably do more for sales appeal than any other factor. If you decide against painting, at least consider touching up front shutters and window frames.
5.) In winter, walks should be free of snow and ice.
6.) Inspect the roof and gutters. Any missing shingles to replace? Gutters and down spouts in place? Need paint or repair?
7.) Consider putting flowers outside the front door.
8.) Repaint the front door.
9.) Put a bright coat of paint on your mailbox.
10.) Repair broken outdoor steps.