At Coldwell Banker, our goal is not simply to sell your house, but to help you realize the best price obtainable for your property in the shortest period of time. To help achieve this goal, we have developed the following Home Enhancement Guide.
Based on proven marketing techniques, this information guide will introduce you to practical ideas on how to successfully prepare your house for sale. These suggestions require a minimum amount of time and expense to complete and are designed to make your house stand out from the competition.
Your Coldwell Banker® Sales Associate is ready to assist you in developing a home enhancement plan for your property that will take full advantage of the ideas presented in this Home Enhancement Guide.
The First Impression
You have probably heard how important first impressions can be. But did you know that within 15 seconds a buyer has already developed an opinion of your property? This is why establishing the right first impression is critical to achieving a successful sale. Following is a list of elements which create the overall first impression, including suggestions on how to make sure the buyer reacts as favorably as possible.
The Home Front
Your property’s landscape is not limited to the lawn and shrubs but encompassing everything from the street to your doorstep. For this reason, you must make sure each component of the visual landscape looks its best. The real estate industry refers to this as “curb appeal.”
Make sure the street in front of your house is free of litter or debris. If necessary, give it a fresh sweep.
Although you do not own the fire hydrant in front of your house, you should still be concerned about how it looks. If it needs a freshening up, get permission from your town and paint it.
Sweep your sidewalk if needed and remove weeds that may be growing between the cracks.
A freshly painted fence gives a home a crisp look. You should never let a peeling, tired-looking fence or squeaky gate stand between a prospective buyer and a positive first impression.
A quick painting of an old mailbox will let the buyer know you care about the details. If outdoor lamps look rusted and worn out, new ones will cast a positive light on your property.
Neatly trimmed shrubs are essential. Taking the time to do this costs little, but has a big impact. Besides being freshly mowed and trimmed, a lawn should look healthy. If there are spots that look beyond help, a little sod goes a long way to restoring the look of a well-maintained lawn.
Like the sidewalk, the walkway should be clean and free of weeds. If sections are badly cracked, consider having them repaired.
There are two elements of the driveway with which you should be concerned. The first is its surface condition. If stained or otherwise worn-looking, consider resealing it with a high quality sealer product. Second is the appearance of the car parked in the driveway. A newly waxed, well-maintained automobile will make such a different statement about you and your property than an unattractive, poorly cared for car. If you think your car will be a detriment to the look of your property, park it down the street.
A fresh coat of paint can be one of the best investments you can make to increase the value of your property. If you do not want to spend the money to paint the entire house, consider just the shutters or the front of the house.
If you have vinyl or aluminum siding, have a cleaning service wash or repaint it using a product designed for these materials.
Attractive windows can help increase the appeal of your property.
Replace any cracked or broken glass.
Make sure the windows are sparkling clean.