Home buyers decide whether or not to look inside a house based on the exterior appearance. What they see when they drive by, or when they arrive for a showing sets the tone for that first impression. It often determines if a buyer even wants to go inside for a closer look.
Back in the 1980’s, before I was a Realtor, I was in the market to buy a house. The agent pulled up to a house that was rundown, unkempt and showed years of deferred maintenance. There were chickens, barricaded by wire fencing, roaming the overgrown front yard. I wasn’t in the market for an investment property or a fixer upper. I told the agent I had no interest in looking at the interior. She insisted I would fall in love with the house once I got inside. I told her no thank you.
If a buyer doesn’t like the outside of a house for sale, they’re not likely to look inside.
To prepare your house for sale, detach yourself from the property. Remember, it’s a business transaction. This can be hard for some, as there are memories attached to a home. Look at the house, as if you are a potential buyer.
What is your first impression of the house and yard?
Can you enhance the outside features of the house?
Can you minimize the worst features?
Pressure wash the front path, driveway, sidewalk, deck and house.
Mist the roof with a light chlorine rinse. Be careful not to kill plants around the house.
Cut back any bushes or shrubs.
Mow, weed and edge the yard.
Rake and dispose of leaves, even if your lot is wooded.
Trim tree limbs near or touching the roof.
Put away unnecessary items around the house.
Clean the windows and gutters.
Put a fresh coat of paint on the front door.
If you can budget it, a fresh paint job does wonders.
Add some potted flowering plants to the front porch, by the door.
Keep the pool crystal clear for showings.
I recently had a home seller tell me that she never liked her house, even the first day she drove up and saw it. She said a friend told her that it would ‘grow on her’. I say go with your gut instincts. If you don’t like it the first time you see it, then it’s not the house for you.
Remember, a buyer will discount their offer price on a house by thousands, for items that may often cost a seller hundreds to fix. At home inspection time, buyers may estimate items found on an inspection report high. And often, they fear there are items that may not have been found, that may turn up after they have purchased the house.
So, before that for sale sign goes up, get that house market ready.
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If they don’t Like the Outside, They Won’t Go Inside