This weeks super hot selling tip is a doozy on exterior home staging! If you often read my blog, you know that 95% of the work for selling your home is done by your Realtor. They do marketing, buyer contact, showing, etc…the list practically never ends. One of the most influential things to do as a seller is proper home staging.
Exterior Home staging is basically what it sounds like: how to best set up your home exterior for the best first impression. There are a few pointers that I want to give you that make the biggest impact on how your home will amaze buyers!
- Mowing and Trimming. I think we all know this, but you would be shocked how many people choose to ignore simple lawn care! When a buyer comes to your house, they are looking for their dream home, and that home comes straight out of hollywood with perfectly coifed lawn and landscape! Cater to them, and make your lawn look beautiful. You only get one chance to set a first impression, so set an amazing one! Also (while I’m at it) get a nice new “welcome” doormat.
- Potted Plants. Seriously, I almost didn’t write this down, but it absolutely applies. Buy a few plants for the walkway/entry to your home. It creates a pleasant and welcome atmosphere for the home.
- Outdoor Maintenance 2.0. Back to first impressions. When selling, the exterior condition of your home is hugely important. Depending on your home value it is absolutely worth the cost to power wash your driveway, sidewalk, and home exterior. An exterior paint job can oftentimes pay for itself as well, depending on your specific home. Last thing: CLEAN OUT THE GUTTERS! Little changes make huge differences, and in this case the difference is more cash!
- Outdoor Lighting. Oftentimes when a buyer is really interested in your house, they will stop by at different times of the day and night (creating that dreamlike atmosphere we all get when looking at new houses). Make sure your outdoor lights are all in working condition, and replace any broken ones. It will pick up the look of the place for potential night visitors!
Thats it for this week! By implementing a few of these suggestions, we can price your home even more competitively! The cost to value curve is extremely skewed to the sellers advantage! Exterior home staging will put thousands more in your pocket, so don’t skimp!
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