Ready to sell your home? First impressions are always important and we’re going to help you make a good one.
Here is a quick list of does and don’ts that will put you on the right track to finding your home a new owner.
Do decorate your yard with zone friendly foliage. If you’re located further north than Florida (it’s very likely that you are) then you know how important it is to plant plants that can recover from harsh winters.
Don’t fill your front yard with flowers that will only last through the warm seasons and have to be replaced every spring. This is an added yearly cost that most buyers don’t want.
Do keep it simple. Simplicity appeals to nearly everyone. Those who want a low maintenance yard won’t feel overwhelmed and avid gardeners will see the potential for more.
Don’t over-plant. There’s a happy medium to gardening. Filling your yard with an over-abundance of greenery is overwhelming to buyers who don’t enjoy spending endless hours getting their hands dirty.
Do paint your home a classic, neutral color. Buyers are drawn to homes whose color choices don’t deviate from the norm.
Don’t paint the outside of your home a darker or brighter than usual color. If your home is a standout color consider repainting before you list your property. It will save you time and money in the long run as your home will likely sell faster.
Do add character with finishing touches. New shutters, a beautiful iron mailbox and stone walkway can make a world of difference.
Don’t over-adorn your lawn with statues, gnomes and knickknacks. One or two little garden gnomes aren’t going to make a difference one way or the other, but over embellishing can cost you a buyer.
Do clean, rake, declutter, wash, weed and trim. The cleaner the outside of your home is, the more likely a buyer will want to see the inside.
Don’t make big improvements that limit a potential buyer’s own ideas. Imagine a couple who have their heat set on a big, roomy yard for their kids to run around in, only to find that yours is full of lovely (but cluttered) clusters of shrubbery. More is not always better.