Keep Your Home From Looking Like a Haunted House to Potential Buyers

Many residents in the country enjoy decorating their home for the Halloween season. It isn’t unusual to see doors with spooky wreaths and spiders on them, bushes covered with tons of cobwebs and spiders, and maybe even a few headstones here or there in the front yard.

But what if your home looks like that ALL of the time, regardless of the season? If you’re trying to sell your home, you could be easily be scaring away any potential buyers.

Homes with high curb appeal will typically demand higher prices from a potential buyer, and it almost always takes less time to sell. Of course, the way a house looks from the curb can add thousands of dollars to its value. Maintaining and giving your home a little extra love will definitely help!

But what will give your house the most curb appeal? Just follow these seven tips to help your house from becoming “that creepy house” everyone knows and avoids!

Tip #1 – Time For a Facelift: Before you do anything else to enhance your curb appeal, wash off the dirt, mildew, and general grunge from your home’s exterior. Just a simple bucket of soapy water and a long-handled, soft-bristled brush can remove the dirt and dust on the exterior. Power washers are wonderful at cleaning and revealing the true colors of your home (and your sidewalks!). Be sure to wash your windows inside and out, take down the cobwebs, and hose down your downspouts as well. Don’t forget your garage as well!

Tip #2 – Consider a Paint Job: A new coat of paint or two can really enhance curb appeal. Buyers will notice it instantly, and appraisers will value it. For your best bet, try to match the paint you already have. A home that’s painted a wildly different color from the rest of the competition will usually be marked down in value.

Tip #3 – Raise the Roof! What’s one of the first things potential buyers notice? Your roof! If you have missing, faded, or curled shingles, you’re doing your home no favors! Be sure to hire a professional to replace the roof if it needs it! Sometimes, even cleaning a rooftop of the years of moss, dirt, lichens, and algae will make it look like new, but don’t do it yourself! Call a professional to care for your roof properly!

Tip #4 – Spruce Up the Yard: A neat yard is a happy yard! If your lawn could use some extra attention, try putting in some fresh mulch, pruned shrubs, and beautiful flowers and plants around the house, patio, or trees. Surround your trees and bushes with gorgeous reddish-brown bark mulch – it will give your yard a rich feel to it! Take out the weeds, keep the sticks picked up, and maybe consider potting some pretty flowers and displaying them on your porch. A great yard will do wonders for your curb appeal.

Tip #5 – Use Splashes of Color: You don’t have to go crazy with color – even just a little bit of color will please the eyes of a potential buyer! Plant a tulip border in the fall that will bloom next spring. Place some pretty petunias by your mailbox. Place a colorful Adirondack chair on your patio or front porch. Go ahead and paint your front door red or blue. Just these small touches will help grab a potential buyer’s attention and can help to sell your house more quickly.

Tip #6 – Fence It In: If you don’t have a fence consider investing in a beautiful picket fence to frame your yard. It will add some punch to your property, and appraisers will give extra value to a fence that’s in good condition. Already have a fence? Clean it up and be sure it’s in good condition. Consider giving it a new coat of paint, tighten loose latches, and replace broken gates if you have any.

Tip #7 – Maintain The Exterior: Nothing drives a would-be buyer faster than a home with hanging gutters, an overgrown lawn, missing bricks from the front steps, or peeling paint. When not maintained, these items can damage your house AND decrease it in value by 10%. If you’re looking to sell your home, you should first take care of some maintenance chores such as refastening sagging gutters, resealing cracked asphalt, replacing cracked windows, straightening your shutters, and repointing bricks that have lost their mortar.

Trying to sell your home? Want to ensure that your home doesn’t look like it belongs in a Scooby Doo ghost town? Come see us! We can help you sell your home and get you that house you’ve dreamed about having! Just call us at (618) 791-5024 or at (618) 791-9298 or visit us online at www.dianamasseyhomes.com to see how we can help you!

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Need To Sell Your Home? Consider Repainting Your Walls!

 

Red Paint Can with Brush Top View Isolated On White Background.

We all know that your curb appeal is what attracts potential home buyers to your home, but do you know what can turn them off just as soon as they enter your home? Bold, dark, and overwhelming paint colors!

If you want to sell your home and your house is lavished with dark or bold paint colors, consider repainting your walls to impress your potential buyers and have them biting at the bit to buy your house!

But which shades of color should you go for? How do you go about selecting the perfect paint colors for your home when there are so many different shades to choose from? Simple! Just follow the below tips for a good guideline to selecting the colors that work best for you!

Think Like a Buyer – It can be very difficult to think about your home objectively, but it’s one of the best strategies that you can employ when trying to shape your home in the customer’s liking. Try putting yourself in the potential buyer’s shoes to decide which colors need to be changed in your home. Remember, you want the buyer to focus on the amount of square footage in your home, the house’s unique architecture, and how great you are at keeping the interior well-maintained, NOT on the wall color! Your buyer needs to think, “I can see myself living here today!” instead of, “I’ll have to paint every single room in this house – it’s too much work for me!”

Keep Your Colors Neutral – So how do you take your potential home buyer’s focus off the walls and onto the square footage or anything else you’d want them to see? Why, by choosing neutral colors for your walls, of course! But before you groan and cry out about injustice to your creative, color-loving side, keep in mind that neutral colors do NOT necessarily mean shades of white or beige. Neutral colors can also include subdued, welcoming shades of brown, gray, and green! Just keep in mind which colors would coordinate the best with what you already have in your home to make your home feel larger and more updated.

Stage Your Home For Success – There’s no doubt that the housing market’s conditions aren’t the best still. In these difficult, competitive times, sellers need to go above and beyond of what it typically takes to prepare their homes for selling. The easiest, most cost-effective way you can do this is by staging your home, and a huge part of that is painting your walls the aforementioned neutral hues. The next most effective thing you can do is to de-clutter your home (no one likes to see messy bedrooms, offices, and closets!). Even experts feel that if the home is staged it will sell more quickly and for higher prices than the homes that aren’t staged.

Want to sell your home? Need more tips on how to stage your home? Have no fear! Just call us at (618) 791-5024 or at (618) 791-9298 or check out our website at www.dianamasseyhomes.com to see how we can help you!

Successfully Sell Your Home By Staging It For All 5 Senses!

Modern dining room with hanging lamps on, there are chairs and table setup with fancy items on the wooden floorIt’s no lie – the real estate market is tough these days, especially when it comes to selling your house. Don’t feel deterred by this fact, though – it doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to ever sell your house. It simply means that you need to be creative with how you’re PRESENTING it to others.

That’s right – it’s time for you to discover the not-so-new power of “staging!”

Think of it as a job interview for your house, so to speak. When you come to an interview, you need to be prepared for any questions that come your way, look your best, and, most importantly these days, be memorable. You have to make sure your house stands out against all the other houses out there on the market to ensure that you have customers chomping at the bit to buy your lovely home!

Check out the following tips to ensure that your house is appealing to all five senses of your customers!

SIGHT – This is a given, but it needs to be said anyway – you need to make sure all of the rooms in your home are nice and tidy and uncluttered (this goes for closets, too!). A tidy, organized room allows the customer to not only be in a calm frame of mind but also picture how the rooms could look in their hands. While you’re at it, it would be best to replace personal pictures, trophies and awards, and your children’s artwork with simple, classic décor so your customer can really envision their own lives in your home. If you have any stained or damaged furniture, be sure to clean it up or at least cover your furniture with slipcovers.

SOUND – This sense could be a bit more difficult to appeal to in certain circumstances. If you have an open house, you could incorporate some soft classical music to play lightly in the background so your customers feel more at ease. For smaller, more intimate sales, do your best to ensure that there are no barking dogs in your home, and remember to turn off noisy equipment, along with televisions, radios, and washers and dryers. In this case, silence is golden!

SMELL – Each and every room should smell clean, but you will want to avoid the smells of harsh chemicals like bleach and glass cleaners! Opt for more pleasant scents – consider using candles or simple air fresheners to create a calm, inviting ambiance. If you smoke or have pets, you’ll have to do some extra work to make potential buyers feel more at home. Dander and smoke can permeate furniture, carpets, and even walls! Take your dog out for the day, and do your best to eradicate the smells by cleaning the carpets and repainting the walls.

TASTE – You can think of open houses as a fun little party! Be a giving homeowner and provide your “guests” with food and drinks alike. Be sure you have enough finger foods to go around (make sure that they’re not messy, though!). If you have a small showing going on, the aroma of freshly baked brownies or cookies can make your potential buyer feel right at home and salivating for more!

TOUCH – Think about everything your customer could touch – doorknobs, handles, doors, handrails, tiles, and much more. Be aware if you have any broken or chipped tiles, loose or missing handles or knobs, or any wobbly and unsecured handrails – these prove to be red flags to a potential buyer. Make any and all minor repairs before you show your home!

By stimulating the senses and creating a calming ambiance through staging, you are drawing your buyer in and helping them envision themselves in your home! Done right, this can be a sure-fire way to find yourself a buyer!

If you’re ready to sell your house, be sure to give us a call here at (618) 791-5024 or at (618) 791-9298 or visit us at our website at www.dianamasseyhomes.com for more information! We’d be more than happy to help you sell your home so you may find your dream home!