Curb Appeal: this is what your buyer sees before you even meet them!
- Ensure the entrance is warm and welcoming. Consider cleaning, repainting, or staining the front door. Place potted plants or decoration on the outside of the house.
- Replace dated or corroded outside light fixtures.
- Maintain the landscaping. Ensure trees and bushes are pruned, and that flower beds are neat. Make sure the lawn stay mowed.
- Determine if the outside of the house needs painting or touch-up. If so, hire a professional. It may just need a good power washing.
- Remove old rotten sheds and structures that are no longer serving a purpose.
- The fastest way to demonstrate the house is well maintained, is to clean the windows inside and out.
- Ensure the roof looks in good repair. Replace any missing shingles if possible
House Appeal: What the buyer sees once you get them in the door!
- Ensure the house is cleaned and uncluttered as much as possible. Open the curtains and let the light in.
- Determine if the house needs decorating, a small investment in paint goes a long way.
- Take a look around for loose hinges, loose door knobs, stuck drawers, dripping taps and fix them.
- Make sure the entire house is available for viewing. The garage and attic should be clean and accessible as well.
- Turn off all televisions and radios! Buyers prefer it to be quiet while making decisions.
- When your agent brings a buyer around, you need to take the pets and family out for a drive or walk.
- You are selling your house, not trying to sell them your old furnishings. Let the buyer bring up and additional items to be included in the sale.
- Let your agent do the talking, it’s their job.