When you’re out to sell a home, it’s essential to attract homebuyers interest by presenting your property as attractively as you can. However, no matter how expertly your home’s interior is staged, it won’t mean a thing if you can’t grab homebuyers interest at the front gate. Watch out for these four things that may wind up scaring off La Quinta homebuyers before they even make it to your welcome mat.
Messy Yards Are No Good for Business
You wouldn’t stage an open house with dirty laundry strewn all over your furniture and muddy footprints tracking across the kitchen tile, and so should follow your approach to your home’s exterior. Nothing will scare off buyers faster than a messy, unkempt yard and a home exterior that looks like it’s seen better days. Replace dead grass and plants with something a bit fresher, put a fresh coat of paint on the garage door and siding, and scrub, scrub, scrub. Even the messiest lawns can be improved with a few hours’ worth of attention, making this one of the easiest and cheapest improvements you can make to improve your curb appeal.
Avoid High-Maintenance Relationships
Beautiful, intricately-designed gardens look great in magazines, but when it comes to attracting buyer interest, they can wind up scaring off business. When a buyer sees a huge green garden with manmade streams and fountains, all that’s going through their mind is the amount of work – and the price of the water bill – that will go into keeping the property looking its best. Strive for a garden that’s attractive, but doesn’t overwhelm buyers.
Blank Slates Make Big Problems
Buyers just want to see the house, right? So why not strip it down to its bare bones – no garden, no welcome mat, just your property laid bare. The fact of the matter is, this will make buyers pass your property by – after all, there’s nothing special to set it apart from the other properties they’re considering, so why bother giving it a closer look when there are greener gardens to consider? Additionally, a blank front lawn brings flaws in your home’s exterior into sharper relief. Without some colorful flowers or attractive pottery to distract the eye, your cracked windowsill and weather-beaten fence becomes much more of an eyesore. Give your home a personality for buyers to remember when they’re deciding which properties to take a closer look at.
Blending In With the Neighbors
Giving your home its own unique personality is a great thing, but just like anything else, this can be taken too far. A house that sticks out from the ones surrounding it like a sore thumb will generally put buyers off – they just want to be able to settle into their new home without a fuss, and don’t want to waste time repainting a bright purple roof, or tearing out overly-personalized decorative pieces, hardware, or paving elements. Strive for a more mature individuality in your designing, not designing that evokes a teen going through a rebellious phase.
Even the smallest improvements go a long way when it comes to your front lawn and your home’s exterior – whether you’re pulling weeds or revamping your old patio, buyers will definitely see the difference. An afternoon outdoors and a bit of elbow grease will have your home garnering more buyer interest and selling faster, guaranteed.