Strategy – Home Not Selling? Make the Exterior More Attractive

Getting your house moved from for sale to sold, can be a challenge in any market. If your particular market area what is often called a “soft market” (recession) it makes the task all the more daunting. Let’s take a quick peek at some of the things you can do on the exterior of the house. This is part of the first impression. Let’s get started.

Sure, most the eye-popping task you can do is get brand-new outside paint or siding. And as Gudrun recently experienced, it’s not a minor job in terms of time money or energy. already if you’re not painting yourself, just the coordination effort alone can be a rather large task. Of course, it certainly does add to the resale value. And depending on your circumstances, throwing around that kind of money might be the last thing you want to do, now.

So unless the paint is absolutely peeling off the walls, Tcat indicates a much lower cost project with an equally quick turnaround would be to pressure washer or steam spray to upgrade the outside look. Unless you’re trying to clean a mansion, you should be able to get this done in a weekend.

Granted, a good wash is not going to have the same value add to the resale value as new siding or paint. And in many situations it may provide a better return on investment, (from a percentage you point) as the goal is to sell the house. Consider the investment of a new paint job, and the possible prospect does not like the color you picked for the outside.

Another outside area to look at is the landscaping around the place. Let’s assume you have a serviceable lawn. It’s really simple to make a place look a little more inviting by planting some annual flowers. Before springing a few bucks, however we would like to suggest that you pick an annual that is coming in to its season and not that 40% off sale where the annual variety is going out of season. It’s sort of misses the whole point. Have flowers there when the prospects arrive.

If you’re in an area where the leaves fall, in fall, and the leaves are, well, falling… it’s a pretty good idea to make sure the area is reasonably well raked free of leaves. It does not help that important first impression of a prospect turns into a reminder of how many leaves and garden work the new home will have.

Yes, we understand some of these suggestions as you read them now might seem silly. If you find yourself potentially in this situation, may we suggest you print this one out? In all the hustle and bustle, you may be happy, we reminded you to rake the yard.

Since you are done with the yard work… It’s dark, stuffy and hot inside this little box of electronics. Not only that, we cannot hear you when you talk to us. Send either of us an e-mail to tell us what topics you would like to hear about.

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