When you put your home on the market, you will have to endure lots of showings, opening your doors to perfect strangers in hopes of a generous offer. These rituals of real estate can sometimes be tedious, but every showing is another golden opportunity to share your home and encourage lookers to become buyers. Check out our 5 essential home exterior upgrades to get you ahead of the rest!
As your next showing approaches, you have the chance to make your home look better than ever. With a few simple upgrades, you can enhance the exterior of your home and make that first impression a great one. Here are five essential upgrades to make before your next showing.
There are things you pass by every day without really seeing, but you can be sure would-be buyers will notice them. Now is the time to fix those small flaws, including broken hardware and other cosmetic issues.
Has the antique brass door knocker on your front door seen better days? Replace it with a new version. Are the house numbers on your mailbox faded and dull? Upgrade them before the buyers arrive. Is the spotlight in the front yard burned out? Now is the time to get it fixed.
Having your home pressure washed will leave it looking shiny and new, just in time for your next showing or open house. The pressure washing should focus on spots that tend to get grungy over time, like aluminum siding, exposed brick and exterior doors.
If you know what you are doing and have used a pressure washer before, feel free to do the work yourself. Otherwise, it is best to hire a professional. An improperly used pressure washer could do serious damage to your home – and to you.
Some repairs will just make your home look better, but others will actually improve the structural integrity of the house. If you have been putting off replacing that broken shingle or damaged roof tile, now is the time to do it.
You can also enhance the value of your property by replacing your old windows with new ones, or by replacing worn sections of siding or gutters. The goal is to make your home as attractive as possible, not just for this showing but for all showings and open houses to come.
Now is the time to take care of those minor repairs you have been putting off. You may be willing to live with that cracked concrete walkway or the peeling paint on the front door, but potential buyers may look at things differently.
The great thing about making minor repairs is that their price tags tend to be minor as well. Spending a few hundred dollars on these simple upgrades could make your home more valuable and up the offer price.
The landscaping around your home could be a major selling point, especially for open houses and days with multiple showings. The exterior landscape is the first thing a potential buyer sees, and that first impression can linger once they cross the threshold of your home.
Now is the time to pull those weeds, fill in those gaps and give the flowers some TLC. You can further enhance your landscape by adding potted plants, container gardens and miniature topiaries. All of these elements will add beauty and drama to your yard, and that is good for sales.
Every showing is one more chance to show off your home and make it look its best. Hopefully your real estate agent is inside, staging your home, working on lighting and baking a fresh batch of chocolate chip cookies. You can help out, and stay out of their way, by focusing your efforts on the exterior – the first thing those would-be buyers will see.
A.B. Edward Enterprises, Inc. is Chicagoland’s premier home exteriors company. Since 2003 they have served over 5500+ homeowners and have an unblemished A+ BBB rating and an Angie’s List Super Service Award Company.
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