Local Selling Tips

7 Easy Tips For Improving A Home's Curb Appeal

First impressions are everything to potential home buyers - and in many cases the decision to consider the purchase is initially based on a home's curb appeal. Take advantage of your next Open House opportunity by presenting the house in its best light. Here are a few easy and inexpensive things that can be done to quickly shape up a home's exterior.

  1. Tidy-up:Rake the leaves, sweep the walkways and clear up the front steps.
  2. Do Some Gardening:Weed and plant seasonal flowers to brighten the landscape.
  3. Fix the Yard:Mow the lawn and edge the sidewalks.
  4. Get Rid of the Clutter:Remove unnecessary items from the front of the house and store garbage cans and gardening supplies neatly in the garage.
  5. Freshen-Up:Clean the windows, paint the front door and replace worn doormats and screens.
  6. Make Sure It Works:Replace broken doorbells, outdoor lighting and wobbly rails.
  7. It's Showtime:Take a quick look around before the start time of the Open House.

Determining your home's fair market value is one of the most important decisions you'll make during the home-selling/buying process.  Your sales associate can help you set a fair price based on local market conditions.  For instance, she or he will provide sale prices and other statistics of homes similar to yours that have recently been sold.  Prospective buyers will be comparing your home to others on the market.  Therefore, setting a comprehensive price can determine if your property will or will not sell.