January 23rd, 2019 12:29 PM by MARGARET MICHELLE WILLIAMSON
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
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.