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How Appealing Is Your Home?
By: Kilee Harmon
July 10, 2016
It’s time to list your house and you want it to quickly sell. Your home could be the most adorable house ever, but if the outside lacks curb appeal, potential buyers might not want to give it a looksy. Even though we know better, we judge a books by their covers. In order to sell your house in an expedited fashion, make sure the cover of your book – your home’s curb appeal – gathers positive reviews. Here are some tips to do just that:
- “Squeeky clean jelly bean” – A dirty house on the outside makes one think it’s a dirty house on the inside. Power washing your house’s siding and garage door(s) can bring out it’s true colors and shine.
- Pass the Vinegar – Windows are sometimes referred to as the eyes of the house’s soul. Make sure those windows look angelic with a nice wash down using my mom’s secret recipe for the cleanest windows on the block. Mix one cup of vinegar to a gallon of hot water. Then get scrubbing with newspaper, not cloth. Yes, the newspaper ink will get all over your hands; but the streak-free window shine will stop the presses.
- Facelift time – If the siding of your house is flaking, it just looks sad. Make it a happy house with a freshened-up paint job. It might take a few dollars, but in the long run it will assist potential buyers in thinking more positive thoughts. However, be cautious on the color. Don’t go too crazy or bold because then it can become the crazy house on the block.
- “He loves me. He loves me not.” – Make sure prospective buyers love your house by adding a few flowers here and there. The splash of colorful petals lining the walkway or neat pots with striking blossoms, will make your home seem more inviting.
- Maintenance is mandatory – If your house has obvious signs of neglect, fix it otherwise buyers will be afraid of the potential neglect invisible to the naked eye (i.e. Buyer thinks, “If these sellers are trying to sell the house with broken windows, what else is wrong with the house that we can’t see?”). Replace the dented downspouts, touch up the peeling deck, replace broken windows, etc.
- Keep up with the Jones’ – Well, at least in the sense of the yard. If your lawn is brown, overgrown, and poorly manicured, give it some TLC (i.e. tender love and care). Lawn fertilizer and food, trimming the bushes, cutting down dead limbs/trees, pulling those pesky weeds, adding new mulch and fixing dead spots can go a long way.
- Welcome – Every house that wants to sell needs to give off a welcoming feeling. A standout, bold-colored front door can do just that. Adding a quality door in a more dramatic color can bring an instant feeling of “home” to potential buyers