There are many things a you, the seller, can do to impress a buyer. Can you do it even before they've seen the inside of the house? Sellers can do several things to give a buyer a "good feeling" about their home. Here are some pointers to get your home showing off on the right foot.Â 1. Lawn
It seems obvious to say, but it's not. If you're a professional yard
man, go ahead and do it
Â yourself. But most of us aren't so consider hiring a local professional.Â Make sure the lawn is consistently mowed. Edge the sidewalk. Â Make your yard the best on the block
I would say that 90% of homes for sale have landscaping that is lacking. This is one of the biggest mistakes being made today by sellers. Spend the extra money on new mulch. Hire a professional to trim the hedges, trim the trees, etc. Make sure the sidewalks are clear of overhanging branches, etc.3. Driveway
One of the worst things that you can do is leave cars/boats/trailers/RV's in the driveway. Store them somewhere and I'm not talking behind the fence! Pressure wash the driveway and sidewalk, make sure all leaves are blown off, etc4. Windows
It's not something that most buyers can put their finger on but a home that has the windows washed will "outshine" the competition. It doesn't take much time but make sure it gets done.
5. Front Door/Patio
There are a few moments just before the buyer sees the inside of your home. This is the point where the Buyers agent is trying to get in to the lockbox, get the key out and unlock the door. These moments give the buyer their first opportunity to stop and look around. Make sure that your patio is spotless! This is a good place for potted plants, potted flowers, etc. Your front door should be in pristine condition. The door frame probably needs sanded and repainted. The front door may be the most important place to clean up.
You only have one shot at a first impression. Doing these LITTLE things will make a BIG difference in your homes appearance.Â
Marcus Necessary, GRI
VP, Executive Broker
Weichert, Realtors - The Griffin Company