Selling

How To Boost Your Home’s Street Appeal

If you are wanting to sell your home you have probably thought about what small improvements you can make to increase the value to give you the best price.

One way to make improvements is through boosting your homes street appeal, which is essentially its ability to attract potential buyers.

It is human nature to judge a book by its cover, and potential buyers do the same thing when they view a house online or walk past a house for sale on the street. As your agent, we will do everything we can to get you the best price, but if you can dedicate some time to your home’s façade and garden, you’ll definitely improve your potential return from the sale of your house.

So, to help get you started here are some things you can do:

  1. Take a look at your home from the street with an honest friend.
    Many of us get so used to the faults of our home, it’s hard to see what needs to be fixed or improved. Get an honest friend or one of the m+m sales agents to go through the things you can update. Obviously, we aren’t talking a renovation, but things like the dirt and cobwebs that haven’t been cleaned on the windowsills for a year, or small cracks that are beginning to appear.
  2. Draw up a plan and checklist.
    Ticking off the small improvements you can do to your house before you put it on the market will mean that you’ll get more buyers through your door to inspect your home. And the more competition you create for your house, the higher the selling price is likely to be.
    Finder.com.au found that 9 in 10 Australians make an offer below the property’s asking price because the outside of the property lacks appeal.
  3. A bit of landscaping goes a long way.
    If your garden is more of a half-way house for weeds and unruly vines then it’s time to get out the gardening tools and do what you can to tame or remove the culprits. It is estimated that landscaping your garden can boost your home’s value by up to 28%. This definitely proves that getting your hands dirty or hiring a landscaper will mean your sale price will be much higher than leaving it as is, which can lower the value by 5-15%. So it’s time to get weeding, pruning, potting etc.
  4. Maintenance.
    Hanging gutters, missing roof tiles and bricks, rotten frames, peeling paint, all tell the potential buyer that the current owner hasn’t looked after the house very well which makes the alarm bells ring! Hire a pressure washer for the day and you’ll be amazed at the real shade of those garden tiles.
  5. Create a warm welcome.
    At m+m we understand that potential buyers need to envision themselves living in your home, that’s why we light a candle and offer refreshments during open homes to ensure a warm welcome. We also make recommendations to move furniture so a potential buyer can imagine themselves sitting on a deck and looking out to the ocean, or sitting under a tree taking in the back garden. As the homeowner, think of your favourite spots in your house and make sure they are a focus.
  6. The Front Door.
    A fresh lick of paint, and a shiny new house number are the cheapest ways to get your property noticed. Or go wild and get a door knocker and brand-new welcome mat to complete the picture-perfect entry to your home. Also, if it works, some potted plants or a bench are some other ways to really attract those buyers.

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It’s not a huge list, but enough to get you started and to help increase the number of buyers interested in your home and get you the best selling price.

If you have been making some improvements to your home and want to get an idea of the value of your home then call us on 4268 4101.

We can also help if you have no idea where to start, so call now to book a FREE appraisal.

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