As you have searched for your own new home, you have probably been aware of what draws your attention to a particular property. Think about the thought process you have used as you have viewed prospective homes. This is the same approach you need to use to critique your own home. You need to depersonalize your space and look at it with a critical eye.
Start at the street and assess your home's curb appeal. If you were driving down the street and saw the "for sale" sign, would you be drawn to stop and look inside?
Assessing your home's curb appeal
Consider these seven questions as you assess your home's curb appeal:
- Is the lawn free of weeds and nicely mowed?
- Are the trees and shrubs attractive and trimmed? Just like the inside of your home, the exterior of your home should include a variety of color and texture to add to its attractiveness and visual interest.
- Do the siding and trim appear clean? If not, a cleaning is in order (or in the case of wood siding, you may need to add a fresh coat of stain or paint).
- Are your windows and screens clean and washed?
- Is the sidewalk swept and the front entry free of cobwebs?
- What draws you to the front door? The sidewalk, potted plants, the color of the front door? If it is lacking allure you will need to create the allure that will entice buyers to look further.
- Is your back yard free of clutter? Be sure to dispose of any clutter that has accumulated over time.
Remember, many buyers form their first impressions from the exterior. You'll draw more buyers to your home by viewing your exterior with a critical eye and taking some simple steps to enhance your home's appeal.
This information is provided courtesy of Dan Miller, Shawn Kriewaldt, Chris Venden, Dasha Shy, and Jodi Shehadi of Keller Williams Realty and DaneCountyMarket.com. For more information, please contact:
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