3 Things You Can Do In a Weekend to Add $$$’s to Your Bottom Line
You have exactly eight seconds to capture a buyer’s heart and start out with a positive impression.
You know this…
Wow your home-buyers from the curb!
But somehow, time got away from you…
You put it off until the last and here you are…exactly 2 weeks away from going on the market.
And almost worse than running out of time, you pretty much blew your budget on those awesome floors and fancy appliances.
You know you’ve just GOT to come up with some way to transform your negative curb appeal before a potential buyer will ever want to see (and be delighted) with the goodies that await them inside.
Books are judged by their covers…and so are homes
What home shoppers see should be a snapshot of the inside. Drawing them in like a magnet. Making it literally impossible not to want to see more.
But…you want (and really, really need) to get the most improvement for the time and money you have left.
You’re pretty short on both.
But there’s still hope!
If you can carve out a weekend, you can still make this last ditch curb appeal makeover plan work…
You’ve got limited time AND money, so every cent, minute and ounce of energy you spend have to count
Don’t skip the plan…or you may find that you’ve completely missed a big opportunity to impress a buyer.
Follow these simple steps to get a solid idea of what needs to be done…
- Grab your smartphone and get in your car…go around the block and pull up in front of your home just like you are a buyer. Before you even get out of the car, snap a photo.
- Halfway up the front walk, snap another one. Straightforward, to the left and to the right. If there are stairs, take a picture pointing down at them.
- As you approach the front door, shoot a picture of the door, the threshold, and anywhere your eyes may wonder if you were a buyer waiting for the agent to fiddle with the getting the key out and the door open.
- Refrain from being too judgmental or making mental notes at this point…we are just gathering information.
- Act like a buyer as you walk around the exterior of your home…take additional pictures of whatever draws your attention. Walk around the complete exterior taking shots of the beds, the lawn, and any porches or patios.
Armed with these photos, you will literally be seeing your home as a buyer would.
It’s time to outline the work.
What do you notice?
I did this exercise not long ago and came away with a honey-do list that lasted the rest of the summer…
With a pad of paper and the pictures you took, examine each one and jot down any of the following flaws you find and their location…
- Dingy surfaces…
- Weeds in the cracks and gaps
- Shaggy edges
- Colorless and blah
- Grungy front doors
- Cobwebs, critters, and crumbs in the corners
- Lousy lighting
- Rogue weeds
- Shrubs and trees that need pruning
Don’t get carried away…or discouraged. You will likely find more to do that time an budget allows. But for now just focus on what will give your home the most boost – and what a home-buyer is most likely to notice – then fix it, paint it, clean it or repair it.
Driveways and Walkways – Clean is King (and usually cheap), so get out the power washer (or rent one) and get rid of the grunge. As a bonus, power washing is also an easy way to blast out those weeds growing in the cracks.
Porches, Patios and Entries – These areas welcome guest into your home and should sparkle!
Guests who are unfamiliar with your home will look down when they come to a step or threshold. Spend a few extra minutes scrubbing every crack.
These areas should also be well illuminated so check on those light bulbs and shine up the light fixture.
Is the front door looking worn and dull? A fresh coat of paint, and new hardware if needed will bring you the biggest return in the awesome factor.
Yep, it can be done in a weekend!
A Little Love and Landscaping
Attractive containers with seasonal blooms or a fresh layer of mulch in flower beds can add instant appeal in moments with a meager investment.
Any dead plants? Scraggly weeds?
Get them out of there…
Shaggy edges can be quickly and easily tamed with a weed-wacker on edge.
Get overgrown bushes back under control and trim them away from the house…it will give your home a much crisper and cleaner line.
It Will Take Some Effort, But It’ll Be Worth It
And it can be done.
Round up some helpers, order in pizza and plan to get your hands dirty.
The sweat and hard work you put into improving your curb appeal can make the difference between fair market value and a low-ball offer.
And remember, pictures don’t lie!
So be sure to take “after” pictures for comparison…and congratulate yourself on a job well done!