Curb Appeal Can Seal The Deal
First impressions are exactly what potential first time home buyers see when they visit your home via the internet.
When people are searching for homes for sale in Picayune MS, that first image which comes up sets the tone for whether or not that potential buyer will keep clicking. You want your first picture to be the exterior of your home. I have seen many agents make the grave mistake of having a kitchen or backyard as the first image. Start the online tour as you would a live tour, thru the front door. The statistics show that 67 percent of buyers will set an appointment, only after they have viewed the home online. When the picture of the outside of the home is clean, neat, and charming, the potential home buyer will expect the same on the inside.
Tips to Stage the Outside of you Home For that Winter Sale
When staging your home to sell, having an adorable curb appeal during the Spring & Summer months is much easier than the cooler, to frosty winter months, but all seasons can bring a neat and colorful exterior. Since we still have a good bit of winter left, let’s start there.
- Start with a freshly raked lawn, hard job, but at least for the photos and open houses, and showings
- Fresh, bright mulch around trees and flower beds
- Choose fall and winter flowers that are low maintenance, yet colorful
- Have evergreens that are trimmed to perfection
- A fresh coat of paint on the front door
- Check for chipping or peeling paint around the home, homebuyers want to see the home has been well maintained.
- Add outdoor “up lighting” directed at the home or trees for a nice, warm effect at night. Include those evening pictures on your home for sale listing.
- Clean off those walkways & driveways of the winter moss
- We all get caught up in the holiday decorating. If you have your home for sale, keep the décor to a minimum. You don’t want to distract from your home, or offend any potential buyers who may not share in your holiday traditions. Remember, the goal here is to sell the home.
- Do not forget the back yard, porch, and spa. They will go outside to look at the back yard, so it’s imperative not to let those pools and spas go during the winter as many of us are inclined to do.
Making the Inside Warm and Cozy
Okay, so you have spruced up the outside. Your Real Estate Agent has your photos online, now you wait for those appointments. Remember, your visitors are fighting sometimes inclement weather to view your home, based on their Real Estate Agent’s advice and the pictures that were viewed online. How do you make sure that their inside experience is as great as the outside curb appeal you have worked so hard on? Here are some easy, inexpensive ways to welcome that potential buyer into writing an offer.
- Keep the thermostat at a comfortable, but not too warm temperature.
- Do not leave candles burning, this is a fire hazard
- Do heat up your oven and put a few drops of vanilla on the rack, turn off the oven and leave the door open.
- Do not use the artificial plug in air fresheners, savvy home buyers can tell when you are trying to cover up an odor
- If you are even more eager, bake a batch of cookies with a “sweet smell”, sugar cookies and gingerbread are the best.
- Now is the time to have that umbrella stand at the front door
- Use a rubber mat to catch wet shoes & winter boots
- Provide a rug for the potential buyers to wipe their feet on so they don’t slip, or ruin your floors.
- Again, with the holiday décor, keep it to a minimum and remove immediately after a holiday.
- Move as much clutter out of the way as possible. You want them to envision their things in the home come Spring.
- Have your heater checked and cleaned
- Work with your Real Estate Agent on what items to leave in the home, maybe on a kitchen counter as a “take away” for potential buyers. This could include a picture book of your home, a list of why you loved living there, any updates like a new roof, hvac systems, etc. and a blank agreement to purchase.
Do not be fooled by anyone telling you that homes do not sell in the winter. They indeed do. Many families are ready to write that offer in the winter, close in the spring and be in for those warmer months. As school mid-terms come to an end, holidays are over, many home buyers turn their attention back to looking for the perfect home. Take advantage of those buyers, they are the serious ones, willing to fight the inclement weather and get out to home buy. You will see more serious offers, less “looky-loos” and seal that DEAL!
Refer to your Real Estate Agent for advice whenever you are questioning what you can do to make your home more appealing during the dreary winter months, they are the expert.