Preparing to put your home up for sale can be an exciting time, but one that is also filled with lots of hard work getting things ready for potential buyers to see. For many, the idea of listing their home is doing just that, simply putting a price tag on it and waiting for somebody to buy it. That may be a good approach for those who have are in no rush to sell, but a terrible thing to do for those who would like to see their money much faster. With this idea in mind, let’s move on to one of the most important parts of getting your home ready for sale, a list of curb appeal mistakes to avoid.
1. Your house looks like somebody is already living there
Of course, you are still living in your house, but when potential buyers look at a house, they want to be able to have enough privacy to talk to each other out loud about their thoughts and observations, and the thought of you being able to listen in on their conversation can be a huge turn-off. Leaving your children’s toys strew around the yard, or your car parked in the driveway is the first indicator that the privacy they need will not be readily available. It will also make them wonder why your car is outside and not in the garage, where it should be. Remember, when people look at your property, they want to imagine themselves living there, not somebody else.
2. Spending a lot of money doesn’t mean you add value
Yes, you fell in love with that iridescent green lawn flamingo and a dozen garden gnomes, but in many cases an excess of stuff does not mean you are adding value or even elegance to your home’s exterior and may actually turn potential buyers away. If you must spend that money, it’s best if you invest in new siding or a beautiful set of light fixtures and putting away the flaming until you find a new place of your own.
3. Bad neighbors can ruin a sale
While having messy neighbors is not something you could be blamed for, and is not exactly a curb appeal mistake to avoid, but you must remember that when people go house shopping, it won’t only be your home they look at. Potential buyers always take into account an entire neighborhood when looking to purchase property, and having neighbors that don’t even try to pick up their mess or even mow their lawn can be a turn-off. It’s also an indication to them that you never cared enough to try to work with them to solve the issue at hand. So, talk to your neighbors, explain your situation, offer to lend a hand, and try your best to gain points towards an easy sale.
There are many other curb appeal mistakes to avoid when putting your home up for sale, all of which have to do with the external appearance of your property (a new paint job is always a wonderful way to make your house look so much better). So, if you’re ready to get things moving remember to request a cash offer from WeBuyHouse to find out how much you can sell your house for and then put in the work to take it to a whole other level. In the words of the great Carmelo Anthony:
“Every Morning You Have Two Choices: Continue To Sleep With Your Dreams, Or Wake Up and Chase Them.”