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First Impressions are Everything; Avoid these Common Seller Mistakes

Terry Riffe | July 14, 2015

first impressions of the outside of your homeFirst impressions are everything when you put your home on the market. A neat, pretty exterior will bring in more potential buyers than an unkempt yard or peeling paint- which may scare some potential buyers away completely.

Here are just a few of the more common mistakes that can sabotage curb appeal:

~Do nothing

Sellers not doing anything is one of the biggest mistakes. I know many sellers want to focus all of their attention to staging the inside of their home. But, the exterior is just as important. Be sure to spend some time cleaning up your property. This will give ensure potential buyers know that your property is well cared for.

~Clutter!

Your yard should not have any clutter when it’s on the market, period. Kids’ toys all over the yard or a collection of shoes by the front door should all  be cleaned up and put away.

~Run down landscaping

Make sure your yard is looking it’s best; Water the grass, trim the hedges, and put in a few perennial flowers to brighten things up.

~“Flaking” paint 

Touching up any flaking paint on the front of your home is definitely worth investing your time and money into when you choose to put your home on the market. Although fresh paint won’t hide major repairs that may be needed, it will give it a much better appearance than flaking paint. Repainting the trim goes a long way, focus on the trim around the main door so that anyone standing on the front porch carries positive first impressions inside.

~Bizarre yard art

While you may love your enormous pink flamingo statue so much that you thinkk front and center of your yard is the best place for all to appreciate, you don’t want buyers to fixate on the one thing that makes the house seem a little bizarre. You can’t anticipate everyone’s taste, it might just be best to remove all the bizarre art from your house and yard.

~Shocking colors

Is your house locally known as “the bright pink one” or “the Easter egg house?” Bright colors are cheerful, buy again, you don’t want your bold taste to scare off a potential buyer. Consider using a neutral paint color when your house is on the market. Look around your neighborhood for inspiration. Your house should compliment the ones around it. Save your bright colors for your next home, not the home you’re trying to sell.

~Out-of-date fixtures 

New exterior light fixtures aren’t very expensive, and they make a big difference. Not only will they give the impression that you home has been updated recently, but they’ll also cast a brighter light in the evening for those potential buyers driving by. Also, be sure that the hardware on your front door is in working order.

None of these solutions are expensive – decluttering, a bit of fresh paint, a few flowers here and there. however, all these steps will help potential buyers inside the house, where your home’s real charm will have a chance to impress. If you need any assistance with preparing your home before you put it on the market, or would like more suggestions for a successful showing – call me (407) 800-0888 or send me an email An@orlandovactionrealty.com.