to say, a home that's visually appealing and in good condition
will attract potential homebuyers driving down the street.
Any real estate agent will tell you that strong "street
appeal" will lure those potential homebuyers inside the
That means, before
you put your home on the market do this. Stand back and look
at your property as objectively as you can. Would you buy
this home? Ask friends and neighbors to do the same. Insist
they be totally honest. Good or bad - you need to know the
truth about your property!
It's really very
simple. The first step in preparing the exterior of your property
is to take a clear-headed look at your house from the street.
Stand at the curb and look at the property in the same way
a potential homebuyer might. Imagine that you are seeing your
house for the very first time. What stands out? What catches
- is it the beautiful landscaping and the new fence or roof?
Or does something else strike you about the property?
Maybe your eye
is drawn by the flaking exterior paint? Perhaps it's those
holes in the driveway that you notice first? Could it be the
rusty guttering, or that boarded-up window?
Here's a quick
11-point property checklist to get you started:
1. Are the lawn
and shrubs well maintained around the house?
2. Does the garden or pathway need weeding?
3. Are lawn mowers and hoses properly stored?
4. Does the properties driveway need resurfacing?
5. Are there cracks in the foundation or walkways?
6. Are garbage and debris stored out of sight?
7. Are the gutters, chimney and exterior walls in good condition?
8. Do the window casings, shutters, siding or doors need painting?
9. Does the fence or letterbox need repairing or painting?
10. Do the windows need washing inside and out?
11. Is the garage door closed?
is how your property will "introduce" itself to
a potential homebuyer. If the "street appeal" isn't
there, you could lose the homebuyer without them even getting
out of the car. They will likely move on to the next available
property, no matter how beautiful the interior of your house
This all might
sound obvious, but it is a lesson that unfortunately many
homeowners learn the hard way. They either struggle to sell
their property, or they fail to get the price the property
is capable of attracting.
Do what is necessary
to make your property stand out from the competition. Make
certain that your house is fresher, cleaner, and better maintained.
And above all - make sure your property has "street appeal."
That's how you will attract a drive-by homebuyer and potentially
sell your home more quickly and possibly for a higher price
than you expected.
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