Preparing a Home for Sale

The first thing people notice when they look at a home for sale is the exterior. People are drawn to houses that fit their taste. The exterior of a home for sale can a person a lot about the property.

Besides the house itself, the lawn, the landscaping and walkways can give the property enhanced character. Similar homes, one with curb appeal, the other without curb appeal, will fare differently when it comes to attracting buyers.

You can sell your home faster if you give your house lots of curb appeal. This is especially important during a down real estate market.

Here are four things buyers look for when searching for a property.

lawn-care-maintained-lawn-mower-mowing-grassA well-maintained lawn. Even if your landscaping isn’t fancy, a well-maintained green lawn lets potential buyers know that you take pride in your property. They also know they won’t have to do much work to combat weeds in the grass and overgrown shrubs were they to buy the house. They can pick up where you left off on the lawn care.

Colorful low-maintenance garden. A modest garden is the best approach when creating curb appeal to sell your home. You don’t want a massive garden because some potential buyers may be turned off from maintaining such a project. A modest colorful garden with low-maintenance plants meets a happy medium. It lets gardening enthusiasts know that plants do like and thrive on the property. Those that aren’t big on gardening, but like flowers or shrubs will be glad that the work is already done for them.

Mature trees. Trees add value to a property. Especially mature trees that provide shade and a breeze. If you don’t have any trees on your property, plant one. It will go a long way in helping a potential buyer see more potential in the home in the years to come. Choose a tree that will be reliable and establish itself well for your home’s location.

smooth-pathway-walkway-landscaping-pathSmooth walkways. The walkway from the sidewalk or driveway to the door should be smooth with no cracks and rifts that could cause someone to trip. Potential buyers see this as work they’ll need to do themselves if they were to purchase the home. The less home improvement projects they see on their horizon, the better. If your walkway is in bad shape, consider placing it with new concrete, stone or brick walkway.

Here are two book recommendations to help you sell your home:
Staging to Sell: The Secret to Selling Homes in a Down Market
and How to Sell a House When It’s Worth Less Than the Mortgage: Options for “Underwater” Homeowners and Investors.