How to groom your home exterior ready for a successful sale

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First impressions count when selling your home. An unkempt exterior can turn potential buyers away.

First impressions count when selling your home. An unkempt exterior can turn potential buyers away.

 

You never get a second chance to make a first impression, and this is especially true when selling your home.

“But the place down the street just sold for well over its CV,” you might think. “As long as it’s in decent shape for the open home, who cares?”

The biggest mistake is thinking that street appeal doesn’t matter.  And it’s not just about the days you have an open house. Potential homebuyers can walk or drive past your place anytime of the day, any day of the week.

You don't need to break the bank. Even the most modest landscaping looks good if the beds are neatly mulched and the ...

You don’t need to break the bank. Even the most modest landscaping looks good if the beds are neatly mulched and the shrubs green and tidy.

Getting the street appeal right is a balancing act. You want to give the house a cared-for look, and that little touch of personality to make it memorable. But at the same time, the buyer needs to be able to see how they could stamp their own aesthetic on the house and garden.

In most cases, it’s a question of spending time, rather than money.

A simple decluttering of the driveway, footpath and front porch works wonders. Put the kids’ bikes in the shed, and get the football boots and wellies (and the mud they leave behind) out of sight. Have a good, honest look around the front door: is the glass clean and fingerprint-free? Are the cobwebs swept away?

Even the simplest landscape looks great when the edges are neat and the paths are clear.

Even the simplest landscape looks great when the edges are neat and the paths are clear.

Give it all a good going-over with the power-washer and broom. Does the porch light work? Is the doormat looking tatty? Less than $30 will solve those problems.

Weeds gone wild make a house look neglected and suggest to buyers that there may be other deferred maintenance issues lurking behind the front door.

Don’t worry if you haven’t got banks of colourful flowers and imaginatively shaped topiaries. The most basic shrubs can look good with a bit of a shape-up trim. Spend an afternoon weeding the beds and laying down mulch to keep regrowth at bay. Tidy up the edges of the lawn and sweep the pavement. Spend a few minutes dead-heading the flowering shrubs and the potted plants. Fresh, clean and green what you’re aiming for.

Potential buyers might not love your quirky garden. It's best to de-personalise the landscaping.

Potential buyers might not love your quirky garden. It’s best to de-personalise the landscaping.

 

When it comes to the garden and flower beds, too much quirkiness is a turn-off. You might love your garden gnomes; but your potential homebuyer could care less. Even worse, too much of YOUR personalisation and the buyer might not be able to imagine what THEY would do with the garden.

And what about pets? You can’t assume that potential buyers are pet-lovers – in fact, it’s best to err on the side of caution and assume they’re not. It goes without saying that any ‘leavings’ need to be picked up, and holes in the garden filled in and over-seeded.

Take a second look at the decking, fences and the exterior doors. You might have learned to live with marks from scratching and chewing, but potential buyers certainly will notice them, and make a judgement about what’s likely to be found behind the front door.

Exterior maintenance issues are a red flag to buyers that there might be worse problems inside the home.

Exterior maintenance issues are a red flag to buyers that there might be worse problems inside the home.

 – Stuff

Continue reading this article at the original source from Stuff.co.nz

 

 

 

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