Reported by Debra Douglas
With so many homes for buyers to choose from, curb appeal and first impressions are more important than ever! Since most home buyers decide whether or not to look inside a house or take it seriously based on curb appeal, you want to make sure they WANT to come inside. By spending time working on the exterior appearance, you can increase your chance of them stepping across the threshold.
Did you know that over 80 percent of today’s buyers get their first look at a house from a picture on the internet? Most potential buyers will not look any further if their first impression is unappealing. Most buyers cannot visualize what the house “could” or “will” look like. Most will not take a second look if their first look does not appeal to them.
So, ALWAYS budget for exterior and yard curb appeal. It won’t matter how many sizzle feature you have inside if you can’t get buyers through the door!
Where to start? Take this simple “Curb Appeal Test.” So you can sell your home fast.
1. Step across the street or far enough down the driveway to get a good view or your house and yard.
2. Park where a potential buyer would and walk toward the house. Look around as if it were your first visit.
3. Better yet, actually get a friend or fellow investor to do this for you. It is much easier for someone who sees it with fresh eyes to give you an objective “first impression.”
What are the best features of the property? How can you enhance them?
What are the worst features of the property? How can you improve them or minimize them?
Do your curb appeal test again at dusk. Potential homebuyers often drive through the neighborhood at different times of the day.
Make a list of the problem areas you (or your friend) discovered and tackle them BEFORE the property is listed!
Next, we will go over the “Clean Up and Chore List” to make your home more attractive so you can sell your home fast!