Repeat buyers, especially move-up buyers, tend to want their next home to be in great condition. Usually, when homes are located in a neighborhood that attracts those buyers, homes need to be pristine to stand out from the rest.
In addition to cleaning and organizing your house — this includes eliminating and boxing up clutter (hey, you’re hoping to move anyway, right?) — I can’t emphasize curb appeal enough.
“Studies have shown that curb appeal can increase the value of a home by 4 to 5 percent. Homes with poor curb appeal in neighborhoods with excellent landscaping sold for 8 to 10 percent less than the market rate.
In Aberdeen, it’s fundamental for sellers to make essential repairs to their homes before listing, and curb appeal is particularly important. This is a first step to getting buyers in the door. Sellers who choose to make enhancements to their front yards tend to have good-to-excellent results in comparison to the 68% who don’t. By boosting curb appeal, sellers tend to receive their first offer six days faster and sell seven days sooner than sellers who choose not to focus on first impressions.
Here are four easy ways to get started increasing your home’s value with a little elbow grease.
1. Simply ask yourself if your home’s exterior looks the way YOU want it to. If the answer is no, you have a jumping off point.
2. Get opinions from a few friends whose taste you trust. What do they notice when they drive up? What annoys them or what do they love? Would they want to look inside if they were home shopping?
3. Spend a little money. It might take $100 or it might take $1,000.It takes money to make money. See the statistics above to understand why increasing curb appeal is a good investment.
4. Get professional help. I’ve been in home construction, remodeling and real estate for over a decade. But if you’re not ready to call me, here are two online sources that I recommend:
The bottom line: getting top dollar for your home requires elbow grease. The clutter, dirty baseboards and corners, overgrown shrubs, and peeling paint that you are used to living with could turn your buyer away.
This is part two in a four-part series on Selling Your Home in Aberdeen. Next up: good marketing.