How to Keep Your Home from Looking Like a Haunted House to Potential Buyers
Every October, do you get complimented on your haunted house decorations even though you didn’t put any up? Yeah, then it might be time to freshen up your home’s exterior. You want potential buyers to get a ‘family home” feel when they look at your property. It’s no good if the Addams Family is what comes to mind.
Worn out paint, creaky steps, and overgrown landscaping scare people off. Plus, it hurts your bottom line. If people think your home is a fixer-upper, they’re going to offer far, far less for it. Here are a few easy exterior home repairs to impress potential buyers.
Improve Your Landscaping
A well-kept yard is an immediate attention getter so make sure you keep the grass trimmed, green, and luscious. For bonus points, grab a lawn edger and clean up the borders around your driveway and sidewalks. You’d be shocked at how quickly it’ll transform the look of your lawn. While you’re at it, trim any hedges and bushes, remove fallen leaves and twigs, and plant a few flowers. It’s a small investment that’ll pay off in the long run.
Clean Things Up
When going on job interviews, you dress to impress, right? Well, a home with clogged gutters, grimy siding, and filthy windows is the equivalent of showing up to an interview in a hot sauce stained t-shirt. A sloppy exterior will make buyers think you don’t take care of the inside either, no matter how nice it is. Clean out your eaves trough and invest in (or rent) a pressure washer to spray down the siding, deck, driveway, and sidewalks.
Big things like broken windows or a saggy roof have a majour impact on how likely someone is to purchase your house so it’s worth taking care of those before you list. Even if you prefer to leave stuff like that for the buyer to take care of, there are still plenty of little things that can be fixed to help the image of your house. Tightening loose railings, replacing cracked paving stones, and changing burnt out or broken lights will help add a little more curb appeal. Heck, even switching out faded house numbers can help!
You’d be mistaken if you thought, “Well I’ve got siding so I don’t need to paint.” Sure, you don’t need to paint the entire exterior of the house but there are a few other things that could be touched up. Any wooden stairs or railings would benefit from some stain. Grab a can of white paint and touch up the frames around your windows to make them look new without actually replacing them. And painting your front door, especially in a colour that contrasts with the house, will really make your entryway pop and feel more inviting.
Almost everything here could be taken care of in an afternoon. I guarantee that if you put in a little bit of time and some elbow grease to do these simple fixes, you’ll have more potential buyers enquiring about your home. Plus they’ll be willing to make higher offers to boot!
If you’ve been contemplating buying or selling a home and want to learn more about making a great first impression, get in touch with me today. Whether you’re after a fixer-upper or want something move in ready, I’d love to help you find your next Kelowna property!