As all Real Estate agents know, curb appeal is very important. If the house looks bad from the outside, potential buyers are likely to drive on by.Â When preparing for a sale, the sellers need to put on their "buyers eyes" and take a look around. The roof of the house should be streak free.Â If thereÂ are black streaks on the roof, it would be well worth it to haveÂ the roof professionally cleaned. Likewise, if the siding is dirty, it should be cleaned by hand or by a pressure washer. Is the paint color too personal or outdated, or is the paint peeling and faded? If so, drive by new construction to get an idea of current paint colors andÂ considerÂ updating your home'sÂ paint colors. Sometimes you may only need to freshen up the trim. Windows should be clean and streak-free. If your concrete walkway or driveway is discolored and stained, rent a pressure washer andÂ clean it yourselfÂ (or hire a professional).Â Stand at the frontÂ doorway and look aroundÂ (since that is where buyers will be standing for a few moments waiting to get into the house). This is a critical area, and needs toÂ look greatÂ since you don't want the buyers to get a negative impression that they will beÂ looking to reaffirmÂ throughout the rest of the house. The front door should be clean and freshly painted (this is not where you want your personality to shine through!), the doorÂ hardware andÂ lighting should be polished, untarnished,Â and cleaned, which includes cleaning the glass and getting rid of the dead bugs.Â Â ShrubsÂ need to be trimmed. IfÂ shrubs areÂ even partially covering a window, and thereÂ is lack of light inside, the shrubs need to be trimmedÂ to below the window. Landscaped areas need to be weed free and freshly mulched, and edged. Grass should be alive and green. Re-seedÂ Â where needed. The lawn also needs to be edged.Â Replace the mail box if rusty or in disrepair.Â A couple pots (not plastic)Â with healthy flowers and someÂ planted flowersÂ really addÂ appeal and give that "at home" feeling.Â Â Â IfÂ trees are blocking theÂ view of the house from the street, trim the trees enough to allow the house to be seen. When picturesÂ are taken of the outside of theÂ house,Â make sure it is doneÂ on a bright sunny day.
Now I know this sounds like a lot of work...and it is, but itÂ should pay off in the speed of sale, and hopefully get you more money!
Coming upÂ ... the next most important aspect of preparing a home for sale...the entryway.
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Burlington County, Camden County, South Jersey
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