8 Costly Mistakes When Preparing Your Home For Sale
How to avoidÂ the 8Â costly mistakes when preparingÂ your home for sale, is the topic of this blog post.Â
Would you wear sweatpants for an important job interview? Going out on a limb here, but the answer is probably â€œNO.â€ The same holds true for selling a home; you should prepare your homeâ€™s curb appeal to ensure an outstanding first impression. When your home is on the market you are competing against 100 other choices the Buyer has… so FIRST IMPRESSIONS ARE EVERYTHING!
- Â An unkempt yard or peeling paint will scare some buyers away completely. Even if youâ€™re selling in a perpetually sunny place, like here in Sunny PHOENIX, AZ…where seasonal chores like leaf removal and shovelingÂ are a nonissue, itâ€™s important to spend some time on curb appeal to draw in all the potential buyers you can.
- Curb Appeal sends a personal message to the Buyer that “I have cared for this home, and you are safe living here!”
Â Â Â When Chuck Malone @ JK RealtyÂ lists your home, he first takes the homeowner on a tour of the home through the eyes of the potential Buyer.Â And he starts “at the curb.”
Start your journey toward an impeccable first impression by avoiding these eight common curb appeal mistakes sellers make when listing their home:
- Overlooking curb appeal entirely. â€œOne of the biggest mistakes I see is sellers not doing anything in terms of curb appeal,â€ says Matthew Coates, a real estate agent with West USA Realty Revelation in Chandler, AZ. Many sellers focus their staging projects inside their house, but the exterior is just as important. Spend at least half a day cleaning up your yard to reinforce the impression that your home is well cared for.
- Ignoring clutter. Itâ€™s one thing to have a cluttered yard in your â€œnormalâ€ life, but it shouldnâ€™t be cluttered when your home is on the market. A collection of shoes near the front door, a jumble of lawn furniture, kidsâ€™ toys, a tangled yard hose â€” all of that should be cleared away, leaving only a few tasteful pieces to make your yard look homey and to give buyers ideas for how the space could be used.
- Tired landscaping. No need to go overboard and bring in a backhoe to level the lawn, but do make sure the yard is looking its best. Water the grass, trim the hedges, and put in a few perennial flowers to brighten things up. â€œAdding vibrancy with fresh flowers can make a world of difference and make the yard inviting and alive,â€ says Coates. Backyards and gardens teeming with bright flowers are one of the main reasons the real estate market heats up in spring. Pro tip: If itâ€™s not springtime, you can still imbue a little liveliness with strategically placed planters and by sweeping up dry, brown leaves.
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- Peeling paint. There are many theories about which home renovations are worth investing in when a house is on the market. One theory thatâ€™s a proven winner? Touching up the paint on the front of your house. New paint wonâ€™t disguise a house thatâ€™s in need of major repairs, but it will give the house a more cheerful appearance. It may not be practical to repaint the entire exterior, but repainting the trim goes a long way. If you canâ€™t paint all of the trim, focus on the trim around the front door so that the buyer standing on the front porch carries that positive first impression inside.
- Quirky art. That enormous dancing elephant statue out back may fit your tastes or express your eccentric sense of humor, but you donâ€™t want buyers to fixate on one thing that makes the house seem bizarre. Because you canâ€™t anticipate everyoneâ€™s taste, itâ€™s best to remove all the quirky art from your yard (and house, for that matter). You want to showcase your house as pretty, appealing, and accommodating of the buyersâ€™ style. A trusted friendâ€™s honest opinion will help you part with your precious treasures â€” even if just for staging.
- Unusual landscaping. In some places,Â front yard vegetable gardensÂ are all the rage. Youâ€™re welcome to maximize your home bounty by putting raised veggie beds instead of flowers in your front yard â€” but buyers might not love the look. When youâ€™re selling, the front yard is best served by ornamental plants only. Similarly, the backyard should be an inviting outdoor living space. Consider removing backyard poultry farm, the goat pen, and any other unusual pet habitats. (Yes, that includes squirrel and bird feeders!)
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- Shocking colors. Is your house locally known as â€œthe Easter egg houseâ€? Bright colors are cheerful, but again, you donâ€™t want your bold taste to scare off a solid buyer. Consider updating to neutral paint colors and lawn furniture when your house is on the market. For inspiration, look around the neighborhood. Your house should complement the ones around it. Save your vibrant color preferences for your next home â€” not the home youâ€™re trying to pass along to its next owner.
- Outdated fixtures. New exterior light fixtures donâ€™t have to be very expensive, but they can make a big difference. Not only will fresh fixtures give the impression that your home has been updated recently, but they also will cast a brighter light for potential buyers who drive by at night. Coates recommends making sure the hardware on your front door is also in working order. â€œNothing will turn off a buyer faster than if itâ€™s a chore just to get in the door,â€ he says. Same goes for garage doors: If yours is rickety and outdated, consider springing for a new one (or fixing up the one you have).
Did you see elements of your house in this list of curb appeal mistakes? Donâ€™t hang up your home seller hat just yet. None of these solutions has to be that expensive â€”Â Decluttering, a bit of fresh paint, a few flowers here and there. However, all these steps will help guide potential buyers inside the house, where your homeâ€™s real charm will have a chance to win their affections.
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