When it comes to selling your home, you want the most money you can get for it. A buyer can usually make up their mind about a house in about 15 seconds of viewing it. This does not leave you much time to make a great first impression so you have to stick to what will really shine through when they pull up to the house and that is the curb appeal. If you want a potential buyer to get interested in your home, you have to make sure the first thing they see attracts them. Your exterior is easily one of the most important parts of selling your home and can make the difference between a person getting out of the car to look at it or not. Here are three ways you can increase your chances of selling your home.
While gutters may not seem like one of the first things your potential buyers are interested in, they are concerned about water damage. Water damage is one of the biggest threats to homes causing tons of damage across the country. When your gutters are not performing right, it can send the water straight towards the home and foundation. If your foundation has any cracks, it will likely cause a leak in the home. Even an inch of water in the home could be devastating. Replacing aluminum gutters will cost you about $4 to $9 per linear foot, but it can save you thousands of money by protecting your home when it rains. When your buyer realizes you have a new gutter system, they do not have to worry about rain flow issues.
Your garage is the largest opening to your home. It not only protects your vehicles, but it can help keep your whole house secure. If you have a faulty or rundown garage door, you want to consider having this replaced before you put your home on the market. A garage door that does not work properly can be a very big safety hazard and not to mention an eye sore. You can purchase one for around $1500 to $2000 for a 16' x 7' double garage door.
A well-maintained yard is not only noticed by your neighbors, but it can also increase the value of your house. When potential buyers see a well kept lawn, they automatically assume the homeowners have taken care of the home as well. The average amount of time Americans spend on their yards is about 70 hours a year. That may seem like a lot but if you put the necessary time into your lawn, you could see 150% return on the investment if you have the right landscaping strategy.