Tips to Improve Curb Appeal When Selling your Home
Nobody can deny it’s a seller’s market right now when it comes to the real estate industry. If you are unsure of what this means, in short, a seller’s market means there’s more demand for homes than there is supply. Anyone planning to buy a home in 2021 should be prepared for stiff competition. Tight supply conditions and strong demand have made the housing market highly competitive and fast-paced. Quick sales and multiple offers are the norm for many, if not most, cities. If you’re ready to put your home on the market you need to start thinking of several factors including what areas of your home you need to work on to make it marketable, one area of your home that people often overlook is the outside.
There is a saying that you never get a second chance to make a great first impression. That saying is especially true when it comes to your home’s curb appeal before you sell your home. Here are some tips to consider from HGTV.
Cut Back Trees and Shrubs
Trees and shrubs should accent and enhance your house, not hide it. With a good eye, the right tools, and a little time, basic shrub and tree trimming and pruning can yield impressive “curb appeal” results. There is plenty of good online advice on trimming and pruning. Of course, if you have dead or diseased trees, or large tree limbs hanging precariously over the house, hire a professional to have them removed.
Manicure Your Lawn
Keep your lawn freshly mowed, trimmed, and edged. Give it special attention before weekend showings. If you don’t have the time or the inclination to do it yourself, consider hiring a reliable, professional yard service to keep your lawn show ready.
Plant Some Color
Flowering plants are a quick, inexpensive, and effective way to make your home look bright, fresh, and inviting. Get advice as to which plants do best given the time of year and the amount of daily sunlight they will receive. While you’re planting, be sure to add fresh mulch to the flower beds.
Clean the Roof And Gutters
Buyers notice roofs, and it goes beyond curb appeal. The roof is a major home maintenance and expense item. Tree branches on the roof, clogged, sagging, gutters, and algae growth detract from the home’s appearance and give the impression of the roof (and the home itself) being neglected. If the roof needs replacement, bite the bullet and replace it. Otherwise clean debris from the roof and gutters, have any moss or algae growth removed, and reattach any loose gutters.
Freshen Walks and Driveways
Pressure wash brick and concrete walkways, patios, and drives. Put a fresh coat of sealant on blacktop driveways.
Make Outdoor Spaces Inviting
Outdoor living space is a “must-have” for most homebuyers. Patios, porches, and decks should look clean (pressure wash), fresh, and inviting. Make necessary wood deck repairs and apply fresh stain. Consider replacing (or at least getting rid of) old, weather-beaten furniture. Brighten the space with flowering potted plants.
These are just some of the many ways you can add curb appeal to your home’s exterior to make a GREAT and lasting first impression. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices John M. Brabham Real Estate Agency provides quality realtor services to Sumter, SC, and the surrounding areas. Our talented agents are experts in the Sumter real estate market and will help you buy or sell your home. Whatever your real estate needs, our team has the knowledge and expertise to help you! Call us today at (803) 775-1201 to schedule an appointment or visit us online. Follow us on Facebook for the latest news and tips!