Waiting around for an offer on your home? According to data collected by Realtor.com in 2015, the average home stays on the market for 49 days. That’s not a terribly long time, but if you want to sell your home even faster, there are a few things you should consider. Curb Appeal is a major selling point for buyers, yet many homeowners forget just how important it is.
Are you a forgetful seller? If so, here are the 4 Best curb appeal secrets that can help you sell your home, faster:
1. Spruce up the Landscape
Landscaping is the first thing that determines if your home feels welcoming to potential buyers, making it an important aspect of your home’s curb appeal. In fact, a survey conducted by the National Association of Realtors found that curb appeal is very important to 71 percent of homebuyers. In addition, a well-landscaped property could recoup 215 percent in home value, Realtor Margaret Woda tells Bankrate.
Start by making sure that your yard is well kept with regular maintenance. There should be no overgrown weeds, untrimmed trees or unsightly dead or decaying plants. When selling, use plants around the front of the house to draw the buyer’s eyes toward the entryway. An additional ROI can be reaped by planting trees with large canopies that provide shade.
2. Add a Fresh Coat of Paint
A little paint can go a long way when selling your home. The paint color often leaves a lasting impression with potential buyers, so keep your neighborhood in mind and choose colors that complement your home’s style. While peach or turquoise may work in Florida or Arizona, they don’t look so great in Boston.
Your home’s structure also plays a role in how paint colors will look. For example, a Victorian home might not look great in beige but is more suited for brighter and bolder colors. In comparison, a suburban single-level looks best in muted tones. Keep in mind that white, beige and Earth-colored tones are among some of the most popular exterior paint colors today.
3. Sell With Stunning Photos
Even though you have a stunningly beautiful home, if the pictures in your listing are subpar, buyers will not respond to it. If hiring a professional is out of the question, consider taking your own. Many of today’s smartphones with megapixel cameras are built with cutting-edge camera technology and take crystal-clear pictures. Snap photos of your home, from the entry to the backyard, and add them to your online listing. The more photos, the better. This is sure to give buyers a good look at your home.
4. Decorate the Door
While you may opt for a muted exterior paint color for your home, your front door is an area of the house where you can have a little fun. Brightly colored doors in red, yellow or green hues are extremely popular with buyers. Like the landscaping, your home’s door brings the buyer’s eyes to the entryway. For inspiration, check out the Houzz blog.