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We've all heard that first impressions are everything- and this is certainly true for real estate.
Some buyers schedule an appointment to tour a home that's for sale, but after doing a drive-by beforehand (and feeling less than impressed), they ask their buyer agent to cancel the appointment.
Here are some tried and true tips to get those buyers in the door!
Clean Your Gutters
Gutters that are filled to the brim with leaves and debris turn buyers off in a major way.
Well, it gives off the impression that the house is a bit neglected and potentially in need of repair.
Drainage is a very important consideration for buyers. If rainwater is not diverting away from your home properly, over time, it may adversely impact areas of your home such as the crawl space, window casings, and soil around your foundation.
Gutters that are clean and free of debris show your prospective buyer that you are on top of the upkeep and maintenance of your property.
Repaint Your Front Door
In our post where we covered 5 Easy DIY Projects That Appeal To Home Buyers, we mentioned that when a prospective buyer steps out of their car their eyes first dart to the house numbers to ensure they are at the right home. Next they focus on the mailbox before ultimately landing their eyes on the front door.
What better way to draw buyers in and make a great, modern first impression than to paint your door a bold, interesting color like the red one below?
I know from experience that buyers love a colorful door!
Let's delve quickly into what color you should choose.
The 2021 Pantone "Color of the Year" is a vibrant light yellow, but other great choices may include a robin's egg blue, teal, green or dark gray. The blues/greens hue suggests that the homeowners are relaxing, welcoming and easy-going. A buyer's psychology when choosing a home revolves around how calm, peaceful and "at home" they felt while touring your property.
Pressure Wash & Touch Up Trim
The high traffic areas often need the most attention, such as banisters, the front and back door casing, and around windows. Pressure washing the exterior of your home should be a given, but going the extra step by touching up trim may increase the amount of offers you receive.
Some interested buyers may be using FHA (Federal Housing Administration) Financing. I am not a qualified lender, but one thing that has often come up in past FHA Appraisals has been to repair peeling paint. Getting ahead of a potential stumbling block will ensure a smoother, less stressful transaction.
If you need to consult a lender to ask more in-depth questions, please contact us to get a list of our preferred and vetted lenders to assist.
Front Door Hardware or Keyless Entry Door Knob
You'll want to focus on putting upgrades and money into improvements buyers will be putting their hands on and the front door is a great example.
Tip: If you replace the front door knob, please do not feel like you need to replace all of the knobs in your home to match. You'll only go down a rabbit hole that digs into your bottom line.
Replacing your front door with a new handle or a keyless entry door knob will make a good impression on buyers. Did you know you can get a keyless entry door knob for around $100?
Trim Trees & Hedges
Trimming your trees might make your home feel less private, but when you're selling, it's far more important to get solid, attractive exterior shots of your home.
Last year, we took a listing that was previously withdrawn on the market the year prior. Our Dragonfly Homes team offered valuable, easy suggestions to the seller to boost their curb appeal, and the home sold above asking price!
These 5 easy tips will increase your chances of selling your home faster and for more money.
If you're interested in learning more about listing your home for sale with us, we have a team of Realtors here to assist!