Seller Tips: Make Sure They Fall In Love at First Sight

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Charlotte Home Seller Tips | 7 Easy Steps for Improving Your Charlotte Home’s Curb Appeal

beautiful lawn 7 Easy Steps for Improving Your Charlotte Home’s Curb AppealAs a seller preparing to sell your Charlotte home, you may be busy emptying closets and painting interior walls but, don’t forget about the outside.  Remember the old adage, “You only get one chance to make a first impression?”  Well, this is your one chance!  Many sellers tend to forget about the outside of their homes.  Home buying is emotional and, like many emotional reactions, it can be heavily impacted by first impressions.

Here are some suggestions on how to encourage love at first sight by increasing the curb appeal of your Charlotte home:

  • Repair the Front Walk – The very first thing that people notice as they’re walking to your front door, is the walkway.  If you have crumbling cement or stepping stones that slide deeper into the mud with every raindrop, check into updating the front walk so that it is inviting, safe, and weed-free.
  • Paint – If the paint is peeling on the outside of your house, potential buyers go in wondering how well your home has been maintained. Spending a little money before you put your home on the market will get you a better sales price and quicker purchase.  If you absolutely can’t afford to paint the whole house, at the very least, the shutters and front door must be freshened up.
  • Tidy up – You may be so used to seeing the crumbling stack of firewood by the garbage cans and the old paint cans by the shed that they fade into the landscape.  However, potential homeowners WILL see the mess.   As you look around the outside of your house, think about what you can throw away or put out of sight.  The broken swing on the tree actually takes away from the grandeur of that old oak.  And, please, remove those garden gnomes–all buyers are not as partial to them as you may be.
  • Trim Everything – If the hedges under the front windows of your Charlotte home are so unruly that they cover the windows, it’s past time to find the clippers.
  • Power-wash decks so they look fresh.  You may want to consider staining them (or repainting, whichever the case may be) if they look too weathered.
  • Clean the gutters – Tiny maple trees growing in your gutters scream “Water damage!” to potential buyers.
  • Landscaped beds – If your green thumb is actually brown, and your garden sports a post-apocalyptic motif, hey, that’s okay!  If that’s the case, consider the wonders of mulch.  It covers up that patch under the oak where the grass won’t grow. Buy a few simple plants and mulch around them to achieve a calm canvas on which gardeners can imagine more complex plantings, while those with challenged gardening skills can envision easy maintenance.

The theme of all these tips is to create an image of your home as a place of order, calm and cleanliness; a place where prospective home buyers feel comfortable and cozy.  This common theme lends itself to having buyers fall in love at first sight with your home--the interior is icing on the cake!

Whether you’re ready to sell or need more information before taking the plunge, I can help. Give me a call today at (704)491-3310 or email me at Broker@TheCharlotteScoop.com.


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Hi Debe -great tips and I am sure the sellers always appreciate easy tips for sure!! Power wash - great tip!

November 21, 2011 11:46 PM
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Great & VERY SIMPLE tips that really don't involve much money (if you do it yourself) to spruce up that home to sell!

November 22, 2011 01:34 PM
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Excellent advice, Debe.  So many times I have actually watched people drive by a home that does not look appealing from the outside.  If they don't stop and come in that is the end of that buyer.

November 23, 2011 12:37 AM
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Debe~One can only wish that the landscape was as lush and colorful as your picture! I have future sellers that are going through a divorce, they have a butt-ugly home from the outside (so so sad) in a bad location, yet once you get INSIDE, it's really quite lovely! They don't want to spend any money, which I understand. I have talked with them about adding some "pop"...just some COLOR outside that could be easily done and inexpensively, too--to take away from the horrible color of the home as the well as the REALLY BAD DESIGN (a Reality Home, at its very worst). It's like pulling teeth. I'm tempted to go and buy plants and bushes MYSELF. Except that it's now heading into miserable and cold weather--not a good time for planting!

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Debe - May you share great times with family and friends in the upcoming days...


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Author Bio: Debe Maxwell is a Certified Residential Specialist in the Charlotte Metro region with a focus on the Charlotte luxury home market. My team of agents each have their own specialty areas, a benefit to anyone buying a home in Charlotte NC.

 

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