Getting ready to sell your home? Even if you have the interior in tip-top shape, neglecting to enhance your home’s curb appeal can be extremely detrimental to the selling process.
The National Association of Realtors has found that nearly 70 percent of buyers drive by the homes they’re interested in after looking at photos online. If the exterior of your home is in disrepair, a potential buyer may strike it from his or her list before even venturing through the front door.
Fortunately, there are a variety of things you can do to make your home look warm and inviting without a large investment. Be sure to:
• Check the roof. You may know your roof is in good shape and isn’t leaking, so you probably don’t pay much attention to it. For a buyer, however, even aesthetic issues can call durability into question. Take care of minor repairs, such as replacing shingles or removing fallen limbs. If your roof is around 15 to 20 years old, it’s typically recommended that you replace it completely.
• Pressure wash. Grimy driveways, sidewalks and home exteriors get new life with a quick wash. And although pressure washers can be rented at hardware stores, you may want to hire a professional. Painted surfaces can be damaged during pressure washing, so it may be best to allow someone with experience to complete home exteriors projects.
• Invest in landscaping. Few things convey that undeniable sense of “home” better than a well-manicured lawn. Trim shrubbery, mow the grass and add fresh mulch to flower beds. If you have a great front porch, accent it with hanging ferns or flowers.
At the end of the day, buyers want to know they’re making a good investment. Great curb appeal helps communicate how well you’ve taken care of your home and instills confidence in potential buyers as they navigate through the purchase process.
At Advantage Financial, we understand that sellers face a number of expenditures upon closing. If you need a quick home repair loan to avoid spending money you’ll be allocating to other closing costs such as real estate agent commissions and movers’ fees, we’d be happy to help. Contact us or apply for your home repair loan now!