you “shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover,” but, in the real estate arena
Buyers do judge houses from their exteriors. Serious buyers will spend several
minutes looking at the outside of your house before they even step inside. Many
of us focus on the interior of the house when getting prepared to sell. This
makes sense, of course, since buyers focus on interior photos when deciding
whether to consider or eliminate a property. Once they make the trip to the house, however,
it’s the outside that makes the first impression. Here are our top tips for
elevating your exterior to impress buyers:
1. Exterior Lighting – This
is one of the most overlooked “staging” items in a house. While many of us
spend time updating the lighting fixtures inside, few of us understand the
importance of updating exterior lighting. If the exterior lighting, walkway
lampposts, front door wall sconces, and/or garage lighting is dated then it’s time
to replace them. Make sure you keep with
the “theme” of your interior. For example, if your interior is modern then you
don’t want to pick Colonial style brass fixtures.
2. Front Steps and
Walkway - You may have become
accustomed to the greenish tint on your concrete steps or the degradation of
grout lines on your brick steps, but buyers notice these items immediately.
Power washing, re-grouting, and a general freshening will go a long way in
letting buyers know that you care about the maintenance of your property.
Likewise, picking weeds from brick walkways, sweeping the path, and trimming
back shrubbery will give your property a manicured look. It’s no fun to
bushwhack your way to a front door and climb up steps that are neglected.
Remember, the agent is leading the way and has to spend a minute or so unlocking
the house so buyers have time to scrutinize the exterior while they wait to go
3. Front Door, Storm Door/Screen Door – This seems obvious but many of us access our house from the
garage so we never bother to go through the front door. If your storm door or
screen door needs repair then repair or replace it. If your front door paint is
faded then it's time to repaint. Most importantly, the hardware on your front door
can “date” your house. Upgrade and update your front door handle and lockset.
There’s nothing worse than buyers watching their Realtor struggle with an
outdated lockset to open the door to the house.
a buyer makes a commitment to set up an appointment and visit the property then
the exterior becomes one of the most scrutinized parts of the house tour. If
you want a professional design opinion on any of these tips, contact us to see how to get your property in tip top shape for the Spring market.