Making your home stand out from the moment buyers first see it is crucial. It's often referred to as "curb appeal"–that moment when buyers first lay their eyes upon the outside of your home. But I prefer the term "overall appeal" because in today's world of online house hunting, buyers don't necessarily see your home from the street perspective first, like they did before the Internet. Back then they had to physically go to your home for a first glance.
There were no Google Maps giving buyers a birds-eye view of the neighbourhood or even a look right inside your garage, (if you had the garage door open when Google captured its image). There also weren't high-quality photos and videos of houses for sale readily available for buyers to see without even leaving their own home.
Of course, today images, videos, aerial views of neighbourhoods and more are all available for prospective buyers to see with just a few clicks on the web. So it's likely that buyers' first look at your home may have been a view of your kitchen or backyard. This doesn't mean, however, that you can let the front go.
Instead it means that you have to pay careful attention to the "overall" appearance of your home, knowing that the first impression might be made when buyers see the front of your house in person or online when they see your master bedroom.
So, don't make just the front yard look great because you know that curb appeal matters. Instead, make your whole home's first impression stick with buyers regardless of which area of your home buyers see first.
If you make sure that every area of your home gives the best first impression then you'll likely attract top-notch buyers and much higher offers. Before you list your home, do a survey of the home from the outside in.
Make sure you don't have debris and clutter outside–in the back or front yards. Put away kids' toys and get rid of the extra stuff that might make the yard look unkempt.
The exterior of the home should be well maintained. If you're planning to put on some fresh paint, stay within the colour scheme of the majority of homes on your street; don't make your home stand out in the wrong way by using a colour that is completely off the charts. Using some bold colours can work great for accents but not for the entire house.
Inside, take a look at the things that grab your attention first like the walls and flooring. If your walls are dirty and the tile on your floor is cracking, that detracts from the overall appeal of the home.
Go through each room and see where improvements can help create a better overall appeal of your home. This way, you'll create a lasting impression that sticks with buyers long after they've admired your curb appeal.
Excerpt taken from www.realtytimes.com
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