CURB APPEAL Putting your home on the market?
When you’re selling your home, first impressions are everything. Before the digital age, the first impression of a home was known as “curb appeal.” These days, first impressions are usually formed online.
As more home buyers start their house hunting on the internet now, achieving that “online curb appeal” is a crucial part of selling your home.
Things you can do:
PRUNING AND PLANTING
Hire a professional landscape designer (not just a landscaper). Nothing defeats the curb appeal of a home like overgrown trees, shrubs or vines. Landscape designers know how to trim trees the right way to get the ideal shape. Every year stand back and look at your house. Have you chosen the right shrubs? Are they getting too big? If you can’t see the house, they’re not going to buy it.
Using your own furniture could be a mistake!
Talk to Terrie. She will help you decide what stays and what goes. This mistake could cost you $50,000 – $100,000 from your home sales price. This takes experience in design which Terrie has from paint colors to lighting to furniture placement. And you thought the only thing a broker did was sell a house? Not all brokers are created equal.
CLEAN, POLISH AND DECLUTTER
Get a good pressure wash. A pressure wash is a cost effective way to get an all over “clean appeal” that will give your home the appearance of impeccable clean right down to the house numbers. Fresh paint on the door and trim, a new porch light fixture and colorful but tidy landscaping are other easy exterior enhancements that may appeal to potential buyers at first glance. Also make sure gardening supplies and all outdoor clutter is stored away out of sight.
Once you’re confident your home has achieved its best curb appeal, both online and in person, try putting your home in its best light with well-placed walkway and landscaping lighting for a final, finishing touch for that great first impression.
Camas Wa, Listing agent, Million Dollar homes, Real Estate Broker, Remax Equity Group, Terrie Cox, Vancouver WA