When you are looking to sell your Michiana home this spring, you will want to spruce the place up to make it more appealing to buyers. It is a good idea to contact our real estate agents for insight into what home buyers in the area want. This can prevent you from putting time and money into home improvement projects that will not increase your home's value.
Tackling your home's curb appeal is a great place for you to start. After all, first impressions are important. Here are six essentials to improve your house's curb appeal and attract potential buyers.
- Soap and Water
It may seem like a no-brainer, but making sure the outside of your house is as clean as the inside is one of the simplest but most important things you can do to improve your home's value. If your siding has acquired any soot or grime, get a bucket of soapy water and a long-handled, soft-bristled brush and get to work. It might not occur to a prospective buyer to be impressed by how clean the exterior is, but it is guaranteed they will notice if it is dirty.
- Tidy the Landscape
Just as a dirty house will get home buyers' attention in a negative way, so too will an unkempt yard. Make sure your excess lawn furniture, sports equipment, and toys are all put away. The same goes for the trash can, recycling bin, and grill. If weeds are growing up around the house or mailbox, knock them out. Make sure to mow the grass and edge the sidewalk and along the road front if your lawn is overstepping its boundaries.
Giving everything a fresh coat of paint will make it feel fresh and new. Start with the porch, front door, siding, garage and garage door, sheds and mailbox. Try to create some cohesion by using a color scheme that ties everything together.
- Make Sure Everything is Repaired
Home buyers will not be impressed if they approach a home where the mailbox is leaning sideways, or the gutter is sagging from the roof. It will make the home look like it hasn't been cared for and make potential buyers wonder what kind of a mess they are walking into.
- Create a Welcoming Entrance
When people approach your home, they will be more comfortable coming in if they feel welcomed. Staging can influence the sense of welcome. A fresh coat of paint, shiny new hardware such as door handle, a knocker and light fixtures for the porch can all help to set the stage. A couple of rockers on the porch and a welcome mat can finish off the picture of comfortable, amiable charm.
- Liven Things Up with Plants
You might be okay with just a tidy lawn, but adding some landscaping for visual interest will take your yard to the next level. You will want to create arrangements with different levels such as shrubs, trees and flowers. Flowers are also an excellent way to add color. Plant flowers that bloom at different times of the season to ensure that you have blooms continuously throughout the season.
When you are getting ready to sell your home, ensuring that it makes a good first impression will go a long way with prospective buyers. Our real estate agents can help you by suggesting projects that attract homeowners in your area. If you are thinking about selling your Michiana home, contact Cressy and Everett Real Estate today.