In this market, Spring of 2013, houses are selling *very* quickly. We're talking days, not weeks, and multiple offers abound. Below, find some tips on keeping your home in its most attractive state for Buyers as they approach for a showing. Good tips if you're not selling, too!
Maximizing ‘Curb’ Appeal
When preparing to put your home up for sale, your first concern is the home's exterior. If the outside, or "curb appeal" looks good, people will more than likely want to see what's on the inside.
- Keep the lawn/yard edged, weeded, cut and watered.
- Be sure your front door area has a "Welcome" feeling.
- Paint the front door.
- In spring and summer, add a couple of pots of showy annuals near your front entrance.
- In snowy areas, keep walks neatly cleared of snow and ice.
- Check foundation, steps, walkways, walls and patios for cracks and deterioration, and fix any problems.
- Remove and repaint any peeling paint on doors and windows.
- Clean and align gutters.
- Repair and replace loose or damaged roof shingles.
- Repair and repaint loose siding and caulking.
- Reseal old asphalt.
- Keep the garage door closed.
- Store RVs and old cars elsewhere while the house is on the market.