If you are selling your home, you have to begin to view the house as an outsider might view it. This could be difficult because not everyone has the same taste in style. There are some things you simply shouldn’t change or worry about and then there are some definite items you need to change as you prepare to sell or rent your house.
I enjoy a front yard lush with plants, secret paths, and mystical lighting. I lean to an old-fashioned façade and a porch really matters to me. Having said that, if your home is a modern with concrete paths and limited foliage, I won’t like it. Yet, you probably should not change a thing about it, because there is a heavy market looking for your style of home.
Curb appeal s relative and it can’t suit everyone. But, if I am unsure about the style I want, I can view your home and begin to get an idea of what appeals to me. This may mean I don’t buy your house based on the curb appeal, but I am able to get a better idea of what I like and what my relator can show me.
If small things, such as paint, or a few ugly potted plants are not what I want, these can be changed at minimal cost. So, do consider looking at the purple house, even if purple is not your favorite color. However you feel about what you are viewing, keep in mind that it is very poor taste to trash a home in front of the current owner. Keep your opinions to yourself and to your relator.
Changes to be Made
Thinking beyond personal style, there are some modifications that you should make or freshen up as you prepare to sell your house. Look at these items and use this list as a reference while you prepare the home.
- Paint-it should not be too many colors, overly unique, peeling, or chipping.
- Plants and grass-the plants should be alive and not over grown. Planters should not be chipped or broken. Grass should also be alive. It should not be too high, patchy, or filled with weeds.
- Pathways-pathways should be sturdy, not cracked, level, and lighted properly.
- Lighting-all lights need to be working, free of frayed wires, suit the home’s style, and placed where needed.
- Shutters-shutters should be hung straight, not broken, and painted properly.
- Wind chimes and other unique decorations-I once toured a home that had chandelier crystals hanging in the tree, and the effect was magical. Unfortunately, not all unique DIY decorations work. Ask a friend or two to give you an honest opinion and then remove anything that keeps getting a negative vote.
- Toys and pets-these two things can be tricky. I do not think toys should be displayed in the front yard. I am okay with minimal toys in the back yard. It should not look like a theme park. I also think pets should not be tied to a front tree. I am afraid of large dogs, and would be more focused on getting past a larger dog in the font yard than looking at the front of the home. Be careful with toys and pets.