As with most things in life, the way people go about house hunting has changed in recent years. Once upon a time, driving around different neighborhoods was the only way to get a feel for what was available. Now, most buyers check the internet for listings in their desired locations before contacting a realtor. If you're selling your home, this can make things a bit easier for you. You have the opportunity to wow them with photographs of your home's interior and exterior, whetting their appetite for more. Here's how you can ensure that their first impression of your property is a positive one.
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Maintain Your Landscaping
If you have a front lawn, it’s absolutely imperative you get it neat and tidy. A yard which has been left to ruin will send a message to buyers that your interior could be the same. Creating a beautiful lawn will take at least one full season, so if yours is in bad shape then it's best to make that your top priority. If it's the proper season (spring or fall), be sure to aerate the lawn and use a good fertilizer. Cut the lawn at least 3", and use a natural herbicide like corn gluten. Water the lawn regularly and deeply; watering on just the surface will do little to help the soil. For more information on how to grow a lush green lawn, check out this article on Angie's List.
Trim any shrubs, hedges and bushes that are on your property. Weed and mulch garden beds and plant annuals for aesthetic. And if there's any debris or miscellaneous items on the front lawn, remove them ASAP. You live there, sure, but you want potential buyers to envision themselves living there as well.
Freshen Up The Facade
No matter what building material your house is made of--be it wood, stone, siding or shingle--it's essential to power wash the facade. Tough stains and grime can build up over the years, including mold, mildew and lichen. If your home is beyond the help of power washing, you might want to contact someone like Tulsa Renew, who can remove old, outdated building material and replace it with brand new vinyl siding. While it might not sound cost-efficient in the moment, the 89% return on investment should change your mind. Additionally, siding manufacturers like Certainteed have warranties which transfer from one homeowner to another--a bonus when it comes to reselling.