Selling Your Home – Make A Good First Impression
A bad first impression can dissuade a potential buyer. Don’t show your property until it’s all fixed up. You do not want to give buyers the chance to use the negative first impression they have as means of negotiation. A few home improvements and updates can add a lot of resale value to your home.
Increase The Real Estate Value Of Your Home
If you want buyers to be interested in your home, you need to show it in its best light. A good first impression can influence a buyer into making an offer; it influences a buyer emotionally and visually. In addition, what the buyer first sees is what they think of when they consider the asking price.
Add Curb Appeal
Real estate agents call it “curb appeal.” The first impression prospective buyers have of your home; what they see from the outside. And as everyone knows, first impressions are everything!
Typically, there are some general fix ups that need to be done both outside and on the inside. As a seller, you should consider the following:
Consider the following, for maximum curb appeal
Roof shingles – If your roof leaks, repair it. If shingles are old and unsightly, replace them. Whatever type roofing you select, make sure style choice and color compliments the house and landscape design.
Clean the roof of debris – use a stiff janitor’s broom to remove leaves, sticks, and other debris. Afterwards, use a garden hose to spray-clean the eves and downspouts. Never use a pressure wash to clean the roof unless you have wood shingles or clay, slate, or concrete; and then, only with caution.
Siding – the biggest curb appeal impact factor is the house exterior. If siding is old, faded, chipped or damaged replace or repair it. New siding not only gives a home a major facelift, but return on investment is generally high. In fact, it is one of the top home renovation projects that show the greatest return at resale.
Dress the main entry door up with a brass kick-plate and brass door knocker – a brass kick-plate looks great and helps protect the paint at the bottom of the door; a brass door knocker adds a touch of class. While you’re at it, you might also want to consider an ornate brass mail slot – much more attractive than ordinary mail slots and mailboxes. Perhaps install an attractive new doorbell.
Replace or repair windows – not only important for home curb appeal, but insulated window choices make your home more energy efficient. An important selling point and one of your best investment return options. Window style and appearance is important, and can drastically enhance house exterior and increase your home’s real estate market value. Make window repairs and repair or replace old screens.
Paint house exterior – one of the most dramatic and cost-effective ways to improve overall house appearance is to paint the exterior. Another home renovation project with high investment return that will increase the current market value of your home; up to 200% plus resale recovery. If you can’t afford to paint the whole house then paint the trim, downspouts, and gutters. Get color combination ideas from home decorating magazines, or new house construction and exterior remodeling in and around your neighborhood.
Clean windows – as simple as it sounds, keeping windows clean and sparkling is something many homeowners overlook when preparing to sell their home. Dirty windows make a house look unkempt and bleak – inside and out. Reducing the chances of a positive reaction from prospective buyers.
Get a new front door, or give the existing one a facelift – important, because it is the first aspect of your home people see up close. An attractive door is more inviting. If the door is old or in poor shape, have a new entry door installed. If it is in relatively good shape, paint it to either match trim work or in a complimentary color. For instance, if your home is light gray with white trim, consider painting your front door burgundy or black; a classy, eye-appealing color combination. Other great colors for doors besides standard white or wood grains are red and dark green.
Build a patio deck – another high ROI, with an average recoup of 104.2% for a moderate 16 X 20 foot deck using pressure treated pine, concrete footings, and composite deck material. Add a built in bench, planter, and railings to the patio deck design for optimum appeal.
Finish off an old garage – if you already have a garage, consider finishing it off inside. Add storage space, or a work shop – complete with workbench, power outlets, and shelving. Such an addition could help your home reach its full market value potential and better compete with other homes for sale in the area.
Install an automatic garage door opener – another great way to automatically increase real estate property value is to install a garage door opener. Select a model with a multi-code garage door opener remote that routinely changes the code for additional security – a most desirable feature.
Depending on the scope of your project, plan a Saturday, a few evenings or maybe a couple of weekends. If you don’t have the right skills or the right tools, you may find it’s more cost effective to have a Minnesota Handyman do the job for you.