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A Quick Guide To Curb Appeal For First-Time Home Sellers

Once you decide that you are going to sell your home, you will probably end up very busy trying to sort out its interiors. We all know that the best way to sell a home is to ensure that it is as smart as it can be and that all repairs and maintenance have been taken care of. But you shouldn’t just limit this work to the inside of your home. The exteriors could do with TLC too.


This is what is known as “curb appeal”. It’s all about how well the outside of your home sells the rest of the property. After all, if the exteriors aren’t as good as they should be, then not many people will want to look inside to see the interiors.


Need some improved curb appeal for your property? Here’s a quick guide.



Create Off-Street Parking


If you have quite a large front garden, you might want to consider using some of it to create off-street parking. This will be a huge selling point. Lots of buyers won’t buy a property if it only has street parking these days as they know that having a driveway on their property will ensure their vehicle is a lot securer. So, even though it could be a lot of work and fairly pricey to create a new drive, it will be worth it as it could increase the value and saleability of your home by quite a bit.


Freshen Up Any Woodwork


Any woodwork that is on the exterior of your property will have been painted or stained with something that can protect the wood from the weather. If you can’t remember the last time you repainted this, now is a good time to do so. Don’t worry if you don’t fancy getting your ladder out to do it all; you might want to call a firm like Refined Exteriors who can take care of it for you. After a repaint, all of the woodwork will look as good as new and protected from the elements for a few more years to come.



Trim Back Trees


If you have some trees in your front garden that are quite close to the property, it could be necessary to trim back the branches. Not only will this help tidy them up and make the garden look a bit neater overall, but it actually has a more important purpose. It could be safer for your home. That’s because there’s little chance of the long branches smashing windows during storms and windy periods.


Maintain The Front Path


How is the front path to your main door looking? If it looks like it needs a bit of attention, you should attend to it before anyone comes to view the home. If it is a pebble path, you might just need to add a few more pebbles to it. Paved paths need to be regularly weeded otherwise you will have weeds growing up through it.


Hopefully, all of these tips will help you improve your home’s curb appeal and achieve a quick sale!

Killer Advice For First-Time Sellers



Millennials don’t have it easy. Sadly, there has never been a worse time to get on the property ladder. Let me rephrase that – there’s never been a more difficult time. Property values are at an all-time high and buyers have to think outside of the box to win. Maybe that’s one reason this Beach Lady post has been popular of late.


Buying isn’t the only issue; selling is tricky too. Experts tend to gloss over this fact and concentrate on buying because everyone wants on the ladder. But, it’s important to remember it is a ladder and you must sell to move further up the rungs.


Here’s the advice that can help.


Realtor Roulette


There are almost as many real estate agents on the market as there are attorneys. Picking one is tough if you have no idea what to look for in a professional. Plenty of cowboys can appear legitimate, which is what makes it a lottery in some respects. Thankfully, you’re the lucky type and are about to win big. To hedge your bets, use trusted sources for recommendations, from friends to family to work colleagues. Also, hone in on their personality. Don’t choose the person who is hell-bent on a sale. Go with the one that is driven but flexible as these tend not to give bad advice.


The Price Is Right?


It’s a question because lots of sellers aren’t sure how to value their home. And, even a world-class realtor won’t be able to help if the price is wrong. The agent will be able to provide advice, advice that you should consider. After all, he/she is an expert. Plus, the property itself will shed light on the right amount. Three bedrooms and a garage will get more than a two bedroom house, for example. Probably the best cheat is to evaluate properties in the area. Are they similar to your home? What is valuation? If they aren’t selling, then maybe think about dropping the price.


Bob The Builder


On a major scale, there is nothing wrong with the building whatsoever. It can do with a few quick repairs, but they are small things that are easy to deal with for buyers. Sorry, but this attitude doesn’t fly. Yes, a bidder can hire John McCarter Construction to whip the property into shape beforehand, but they won’t. Instead, they’ll bounce and look elsewhere. The reason is simple: they expect you to do the heavy lifting. If there is work to do, the seller should contact JMC and ask for a quote. They are going to pay thousands of dollars and want value for their money, which means an immaculate home.


Some Like It Hot


Selling is like taking a vacation – there is a peak season. It varies depending on the community, but it is usually in the summertime. The weather is excellent, the house gleams, and everyone is in a great mood. Compare this to the winter and it’s the opposite. So, choosing the right month as well as the perfect day is essential. If you’re unsure, The Balance has inspiration.


Are you a first-time seller? How do you plan to get over this hurdle?

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