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Is This Your Situation: Is My Home's Lack of Curb Appeal Turning Away Buyers?

 

If you’re planning to sell your house this season, there’s a number of common mistakes to keep in mind when maximizing your home’s curb appeal. The first impression buyers get from your house can make or break a sale, so it’s imperative that you keep the outside nice and neat. Before you put your house on the market, make sure you've dealt with these 5 exterior issues.

1. Neglecting Curb Appeal  
 
The first mistake sellers make when listing their house for sale is forgetting about curb appeal altogether. Because you should make your home look shiny and new, a clean yard shows buyers you care for your home. Spend as much time working on the outside of your house as you will on staging the inside to make a good first impression. 

2. Forgetting About the Landscape 
  
Sellers often skimp on the landscaping when they list their homes. By taking the time to water grass, trim hedges and plant flowers, you’ll spruce up your curb appeal. Spend a day picking up fallen leaves and branches to please buyers by making your yard look well groomed and vibrant.

3. Dealing with Limited Light

Many sellers neglect to utilize adequate lighting. This can make your home look dark and dismal to buyers. Given that your walkway and front entrance should always be lit up at dusk, invest in fixtures to brighten up the landscape. A new lighting system will change the way potential buyers perceive your home and show them you’ve updated the place. 

4. Letting the Paint Peel

Sometimes sellers fail to do a fresh paint job before putting their house on the market. When you take the time to paint your door, shingles and trim, you’ll boost your house’s curb appeal without spending a lot of money. A polished exterior can go a long way when pleasing buyers, so perk up your place and watch the offers roll in. 

5. Keeping Clutter in the Yard   

The final mistake sellers make when showing their houses is having a messy yard. If you spend a day picking up toys, hoses, shoes and more, your home will make a better impression on buyers. Your driveway and sidewalk should also be clear of obstacles to make it easy for potential buyers to peruse your property. 

Avoiding these 5 mistakes will help buyers see the potential in your home. When you’re ready to embrace these inexpensive ways to beckon buyers to your home, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.

 
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