So, it's time to sell your Nashville home. As you get started with the process, one of your top priorities will be development of curb appeal. When selling a home, appearances are everything when it comes to making a first impression, and homes with good curb appeal can sell for more than homes without.
Upgrade Exterior Lighting
The lighting around the exterior of your home can be critical. Home buyers concerned with safety like to see lights that keep pathways and exterior staircases well-illuminated. This can be especially important for older buyers who are at greater risk of falling. Lights can also prevent unwanted intruders from lurking around your property, while making your home easier to find.
When upgrading your exterior lighting, follow these tips:
- Make your Nashville home look welcoming. Illuminate pathways leading to your home and your front door.
- Stick to soft, gentle lighting. Bright security lighting can give the impression that your neighborhood is unsafe.
- Work with a certified electrician to ensure that the installation is completed properly. Building code violations can limit which buyers are able to purchase your home, as some lenders will not approve loans for properties that are not considered move-in ready.
Clear Unwanted Landscape Debris
"Make a good first impression on buyers! Short on time? Cleaning-up yard waste is the quickest way to improve curb-appeal."
Messy lawns and landscape can deter some buyers. Dead branches, sticks, piles of leaves and other yard waste can make your property look cluttered and disorganized, and can give buyers the impression that your property needs cleanup and extra care upon move in.
To avoid problems, keep your front yard immaculate while it's up for sale.
- Get rid of all old piles of organic debris.
- Cut down dying plants.
- Remove half-brown shrubs, trees with bare branches and shriveled or dying flowers.
- Pull weeds from flower beds and from cracks between concrete pavers.
- Sweep your pathways, sidewalk and driveway.
- Cut back any plants that block the windows, front steps or front door.
Fill Landscape Pots & Planters
Filling your planters with flowers creates the impression that your property is fertile and your soil workable. It's not necessary to fill your planter boxes to the brim with flowers, but leaving flower beds or planters empty can make your yard seem barren and lifeless.
Plant flowers in each garden bed to brighten your yard with color and show buyers that your yard has potential.
- Keep your landscaping simple. Avoid exotic plants that buyers won't know how to care for and may be tempted to cut down. Colorful, commonplace annuals like petunias, pansies, impatiens and marigolds are all beautiful plants that many home buyers will recognize and know how to maintain.
- Plant the most beautiful and mature specimens near your front door. Buyers will naturally look at this part of your home first, so putting the best plants in this location will help make the best impression possible.
- Mulch between your flowers to keep the ground looking tidy. Using mulch that's been dyed an attractive color will add flair to your lawn.
Install or Improve Pathways
Adding a direct path from the sidewalk to your front door can make your home seem more accessible and inviting. If there is no pathway that currently leads to your front door, dig out the sod and install a pathway made of stone, concrete pavers, or paving bricks. If your yard already has a pathway leading to the door, line it with flowers or small shrubs to keep the walkway trim, tidy and attractive.
"Faded and peeling paint is the quickest way to send buyers to competing listings. Invest in quality trim & siding painting if necessary."
Refresh Trim & Siding
Ensure your exterior siding looks clean and well maintained. Vinyl siding can easily be cleaned with soapy water and a strong jet of water. Use a long-handled scrub brush to clean your siding, then rinse it with spray from a garden hose.
If your home has painted wood siding, inspect your home for areas where the paint needs to be touched up or redone. While a few small blemishes can be treated on a case-by-case basis, large swatches of peeling paint are a sign that your house needs to be repainted before your home goes on the market.
Leaving your home unpainted can reduce your property value because many home buyers try to avoid properties that need major repairs.
Install matching hardware by replacing your house numbers, door knobs and mailbox. This update can make your home look more attractive and will help unify your home's exterior. When choosing house numbers, be sure to pick large numbers that pop out against the color of your siding. Homebuyers should be able to find your house easily when driving down your street.
As you make these upgrades, ask for suggestions from friends and family. It can be hard to see your home objectively, so soliciting advice can help you notice problems that you might otherwise miss. As always, work with your realtor as you make upgrades. Following these tips can help you sell your home quickly and for the right price.
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