People judge things by their outside appearance – your home is no exception. A dreary, out-dated exterior won’t attract anyone’s interest, regardless of the gorgeous wood flooring or cathedral ceilings inside. Not only should the inside of your home be attractive, but the outside should be eye catching as well.
Watch those Windows
Many prospective home buyers drive buy a house to scope out the location and view the outside before arranging a showing. If the place is vacant, chances are they’ll look through the windows for a preview. If ants and spiders are crawling all over the windows, the buyer might be wary of what’s lurking under the siding, foundation or in the attic. Windows are a point of entry for insects and other pests, and pest infestation is an absolute deal-breaker for some people. Tight window seals and a bit of ant poision can go a long way improving your home’s appeal.
Landscaping can light up a bare, empty yard, making a home feel cozy and welcoming. While hiring a professional landscaper may be your first thought, consider saving a bit of money by hiring a neighborhood kid or handyman to help you. If you live in the country, you can rent a hired hand for just a $1/day to mow your lawn. A well-maintained lawn hints at a well-maintained house.
Keep the Gutters Clean!
If your gutters are clogged up and rusted, there could be water damage around the house. This is the kiss of death for any resell, and it will be on the checklist of any discerning home shopper. Again, the appearance of maintenance is crucial to reaching the contract stage. Water damage causes structural problems, and if appearances indicate that possibility, you can kiss this sale goodbye.
Clean the Street
Prospective buyers turn down your street and immediately notice broken bottles on the side of the road, beer cans in the gutters, and a few gifts left by the neighbor’s dog. This WILL increase the chances that they pass your house on by. Give your street a quick once-over to keep up appearances by picking up trash. A nice neighborhood is a huge selling point.
Bribe the Neighbors
And on that note, no one wants to live next door to Randy Quaid. If the street and the neighborhood are considerations, then the Swiss Family Redneck living next door should be of concern to you. Recruit them in any way possible so they’ll clear the chairs and coolers off the front porch, put the kiddie toys in the back yard, and get cousin Cleetis out of the bushes and back on the couch. Also, think about picking up the lawn care tab for them to ensure that the Mower 9000 doesn’t make an appearance during a house showing.
Carrie Thompson is a marketing strategist for Gutter People, GutterCleaningBucksCounty.com, providing installation, cleaning, and gutter repairs as well as deck staining and installation.