If you are selling your home, getting it ready for the market is one of the first tasks you need to undertake and that may not only changing the interior decor to better suit a home for sale and ensuring that everything inside is in as good working order as possible, but paying attention to the exterior as well and working on its curb appeal.
The exterior of your home is the first physical impression that potential buyers are going to get of your home, and the right first impression is everything. Here are some of the things you should be looking at when preparing the exterior of home for its first showings.
Check the Windows and Doors
Do your windows and any door glass need cleaning on the outside? Does your home’s trim or exterior in general need painting? Are there any cracks in the windows that you either didn’t notice or have been purposely ignoring for some time? If you notice any of these things they need to be addressed and taken care of before the for sale sign ever goes up in your front yard because any one of them will seriously drag its curb appeal down.
Steps and Pathways
Any and all steps and/or pathways that lead to and from your home need to be clean and in good repair. Even the weeds poking up between the cracks in your paving stones need to be removed. Yes it will probably take a few hours to get your pathways looking as close to perfect as possible but the effort will be worth it as those first impressions people get as they approach your front door mean so much!
Check the Roof
The one area many for sale by owner home sellers forget to check is the roof. A roof that is poor condition not only looks bad but can actually end up killing a potential sale, especially if any damage is serious. Rather than getting up a ladder and poking around yourself call in a local roofer to give your for home’s roof a check up – and then follow any repair suggestions he or she might make.
Keep the Good Work Up
Your home may be on the market for three days, three weeks or even three months. However long it is on the market though, it is important that you maintain the neat and tidy appearance of its exterior at all times. While you have complete control over when potential buyers actually enter your home to view it, you have none over those times when a potential buyer may do a ‘drive by’ to have a quick look before making an appointment to see it in all its glory.
Angelica Pinto is an artist, interior design lover and Realtor serving the Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge and Guelph, Ontario communities.