“Buyers decide in the first eight seconds of seeing a home if they’re interested in buying it. Get out of your car, walk in their shoes and see what they see within the first eight seconds.” — Barbara Corcoran
It’s a well-known statistic that home buyers have their mind made up in the first eight seconds, often before they even realize it. The decision starts with the drive up to the house, continues as they walk up to the door, and generally comes to a conclusion upon entering the home.
There are always exceptions, but this is why curb appeal and first impressions matter as much as they do. You may not be able to do much about your neighbors property but there are some cost effective updates you can do that will give your home better curb appeal and a better first impression. Consider updating these items:
Take a look at the Exterior and interior paint of your home, if it looks a little worn down a fresh coat of paint could provide the wow factor you need. Other times a simple touch up on the entryway or around the windows is all you need.
Updating and maintaining the landscaping of your home might be the best return on your investment when selling your home. Laying new sod or mulch is an easy and affordable way to make your yard look new again. If you want to get really fancy you can consider installing lights around the perimeter of your yard.
Take a look around the exterior of your property and make sure there isn’t any loose trash or tools laying around. As you enter the house is it cluttered with clothes or toys that might not have gotten picked up. Depending on the circumstances sometimes a cleaning service can be of help. These simple items can go a long way when it comes to making a good first impression.
There’s usually some wear and tear around the entry way to every home. Inspect the area you see upon entering such as the baseboards and walls for any scuff marks which should be an easy fix. If there are any stains on carpets it may be worth looking into replacing it.
It’s not always necessary to spruce up your home or do any updates but it is something to be aware of. If you’re unsure or just want a second opinion I’d be happy to set up a time and review any questions you may have.