Many homes sell as result of a successful open house. However, you may miss out on a potential sale if your home doesn’t look great from the curb. Here is a checklist of Quick Exterior Fixes to ensure a Quick Home Sale. For the checklist of Interior suggestions see Quick Interior enhancements to ensure a Quick Home Sale.
Walk across the street from your home and check your home from the roof line down to the curb. This is what buyers see first as they drive up the street. Your home has to look appealing and clean or they may never get out of the car.
- Is the roof free and clear from obstructions? Is that old abandoned TV antenna still on the roof? If you don’t use it, get rid of it!
- Are the gutters clear of debris and neatly hung? Buyers see clogged gutters as a sign of lack of maintenance by the present seller.
- Are the windows clean and free from obstructions (such as overgrown bushes or trees)? Are bushes, trees and shrubs neatly pruned? If not, it’s time for yard work. If you don’t have time to do it yourself, hire a gardener or landscaper. It will be money well spent.
The Up Close Exam
Walk around your house starting at the front door to inspect the condition of your property up close.
- Is the front door in good shape? Is touch up paint needed? Often the front door/ porch makes an instant impression with buyers. If the front door needs paint many buyers instantly decide the home will need work inside.
- Is it time to power wash the siding? Are there spider webs under the eaves? A $20 rental could earn you thousands of dollars in added value.
- Do the flower beds need an upgrade /is the lawn neatly groomed?
- Are plants neatly pruned?
- Is the lawn and flower bed clear of weeds?
- Are flowers in bloom?
- Is the lawn free from grass clippings?
- Is the lawn neatly edged?
- Are pathways around the house clear of building materials, scrap wood, children’s toys, etc.?
- Are the garbage cans stored in the garage or neatly positioned out of sight?.
- If you have a pool, is it clear of debris? Is the water clear and visible to the bottom? If not, hire a pool guy at least while the home is on the market. Many people are concerned about the amount of work necessary to maintain a pool. If a potential buyer suspects the pool needs work, it may cost you the sale.
- Be sure the yard is clear of gifts from Fido. There is nothing worse than accidentally stepping on a pile of dog poop while touring a house.
Open houses are the equivalent to a beauty pageant. On any given Saturday or Sunday, buyers may look at 4 to 8 homes. Be sure your home is the one that stands out in their mind so they want to come back and view your property again. A busy open house is often the first step to getting an offer and a quick home sale.
I have yet to meet a seller who enjoyed having their home open to potential buyers on a weekly basis. Open Houses are a lot of work for homeowners, and the fewer open houses needed is better for everyone. Hopefully the above suggestions will lessen your open house grief.
For more specific suggestions feel free to contact me directly at StynesGroup Real Estate Solutions. Likewise if you have suggestions or tricks to help you make that sale happen please provide your comments.