Curb Appeal: The Difference between Flipping and Flopping
The housing market has had its share of ups and downs in recent years. Luckily, we have started to see a swing in the market, and people seem to be buying again. However, there are still a lot of homes for sale that have been on the market for months. Today’s homebuyer is savvy about doing their research and seeing a large number of properties before they decide on one. It is the largest investment some of them will ever make; so of course, they want the most they can get for their money.
If you are in the market to sell your home it is essential to make sure that you have given yourself an edge when trying to attract buyers. Space, curb appeal, and energy efficiency are all on the top of today’s buyer’s list. It might take a little bit of investment to make your home the showcase that people are looking for, but it is worth every penny to make sure that your home stands out from the rest and sells at a great price. There are a few easy changes that you can make that will help increase the value and get people taking a second look.
One thing that successful real estate agents will tell you is that home buyers want to be able to imagine themselves in your house. That means getting rid of all the clutter that most of our lifestyles accumulate. It also means taking down the multitude of family photos that are probably littering the walls and the top of the entertainment center. Agents will recommend keeping each room tidy with beds made and everything put away. They might even recommend renting a temporary storage locker to remove anything unnecessary from the home for a better showing. They also might recommend painting the interior walls a neutral color which helps to not distract buyers from wall colors that might not be their taste.
The first thing that people see when they enter your property is the driveway and yard. This can be a little tricky, but pulling up to an overgrown lot or, worse, a barren lot with a house on it isn’t going to appeal to anyone. A little curb appeal goes a long way. Neatly trimmed bushes and grass is appealing to the eye. Colorful flowering shrubs or gardens do a lot to make your house seem like a home. If you do not have a garden already, then a few well-placed flower baskets can do a lot too.
When a prospective buyer comes up to your door, the last thing you want to greet them with is a waterlogged door that might stick or show signs of damage. Water damage around the door is unsightly and also can be the culprit for energy loss. A new door can not only improve the look of your home, but it can be the first sign to the potential new owner that someone who lived there cared for their home.
Broken or faded siding or chipped paint is also no way to win over a prospective buyer. New siding for your home not only looks inviting, it is also low maintenance for a new homeowner. They never have to worry about painting it every couple of years.
You can show anyone looking to buy, that your home is the right choice with new energy efficient windows. Many buyers might fall in love with the classic charm that your house offers but that will go quickly away as they can almost see the dollar signs floating out of windows because of the air conditioning or heat escape. Updated windows will not only improve the look of your home, but it will improve the feel of it as well.
All of these changes might seem like a lot of money to spend for a house that you are not intending to keep. It is a good thing that what you spend can more than be made up for in increased value, getting you a better price in the long run. Call Window Nation for an estimate. One of our experts will be on their way to go over what you need for replacement windows, siding, and doors. We offer custom features, professional service, and a fast, efficient installation so that your home is ready for market when you are ready to sell.