Posted by: Daryl & Wendy Ashby | January 18, 2010

Are Your Eyes Clouded by Emotion

When you are selling your home, are you able to see it as a prospective buyer, or are your eyes clouded by sentimental emotion?

You are probably familiar with the term “home staging”. It involves cleaning, de-cluttering, reorganizing and decorating in order to make your home more attractive to potential buyers.

 Most sellers focus their staging efforts on the inside of their home. But if you have ever heard the term “curb appeal” then you will realize the outside is important too. You want to make sure that the first impression is a good one and it is sufficient to encourage them to get out of the car.

Here are some ideas on how to make sure that happens. Imagine you are a potential buyer and take a walk around your property. Do you like what you see? Are there issues that concern you? If issues concern you they could well drive a buyer away.

Pay particular attention to sheds and other areas where rakes, shovels, garbage bins, bikes etc. seem to accumulate. It is just as important to unclutter the outside as the inside.

Trimming hedges, shrubs and other evergreen plants can dramatically improve the look of your yard. Planting flowers or placing flower pots at key locations, such as near the front entrance, can also have a big impact.

Painting the outside of your home traditionally takes more time and expense than a comparable area on the inside. You have to deal with ladders, more paint and, of course, the weather. So when preparing your home for sale, you don’t want to do any exterior painting unless it is really necessary. How can you tell?

Walk across the street and cast a critical eye on your home. Do you notice areas where the paint is chipped or faded? If so, then so will potential buyers. It is worth your while to invest in getting a fresh coat of paint on these areas.

The good news is that painting, whether on the exterior or interior, is the least expensive way to make your home look more attractive and therefore more desirable to buyers.

A little time spent in the early stages of selling your home is guaranteed to reap you more money on the day of closing.


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