How Homeowners Can Get the Most Money Out of Selling Their Home: Enhancing Its Curb Appeal

Everyone wants to know how to get the most money out of selling their home. Well, it is certainly not based on the luck of the draw, as homeowners do have some influence as to how quickly their homes sell, as well as how much money they can get for it. As the old saying goes “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” When selling your home, this translates into the first thing potential buyers will see; the exterior of your home. However, there are many things that can be done to improve its “curb appeal”, including a fresh coat of paint, installing shutters, minor repairs, and some simple yard care. With a little money and a little time, you can literally transform the exterior of your home, giving it a little sparkle, and a lot of curb appeal.

A common mistake many homeowners make is assuming that their house is “ready for sale” just because it is a livable, functional place that is not in need of any major repair. This mistake can not only make your home take longer to sell, but can also mean you will be accepting thousands of dollars less for the home than the amount you can get with a few minor repairs and improvements.

One of the best things you can do for your home is to enhance its curb appeal because this is the first thing buyers will see. If the outside is not appealing, then there is a slim chance any buyer will stick around for the tour, so don’t neglect the exterior of your home, whether it’s paint, roof repairs or gutters. But pay special attention to the landscaping. Take a walk around your yard and remove any tired-looking plants and flowers and replace them with something new and colorful. If you notice any overgrown bushes, trim them up, and rake the lawn if necessary. There are several other things you can do to improve the way your home is viewed by potential buyers including:

Clearing the driveway and sidewalk of toys, dirt, leaves, etc.

Mow the lawn and clean up any litter

Wash all the windows of your home

Plant a new garden; add some color to your yard

Make sure your house numbers are visible

Clean out your gutters

Do a little roof repair

Clean any cobwebs or dirt off the home

Exterior shutters are another good way to add curb appeal to your home, especially wood shutters. This can transform the entire look of your home. You can easily find several ready-made shutters to fit your windows, which will save you a little extra money and time, rather than having to wait for specially built shutters. Ordering online is the best way to go as there is more of a variety to choose from and installing them yourself is a snap. However, if you are thinking about painting your home, it is a good idea to have the color picked out before you order your shutters as you will want to color coordinate.

Putting in the effort of keeping your yard clean will make a statement about your home that will go far beyond what you may spend in the process. Remember to be gracious and inviting and it will pay off in the end when all this is returned to you in the form of a higher price, a faster sale or maybe both.


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