From the Outside, In: How Focusing on the Outdoors Can Sell Your Home

We’ve all heard the experts say that curb appeal is important when it comes to selling your home. After all, a buyer’s first impression is often the one that leads them to their ultimate decision on whether to put in an offer or walk away. That’s why it’s so important to have a beautiful exterior look to your home, accented with good landscaping.

If you’re selling your home this summer, it is important to make improvements to the interior, but spending all of your renovation budget just on the inside of your home could be a mistake. U.S. News & World Report says that unkempt yards, too-personal features like koi ponds, and overly complicated landscaping may lead buyers to walk away from your home before really giving it a chance.

You should strive create a well-manicured look to your lawn and landscaping, but complicated-looking plants and too many features, like fountains, retaining walls and more, can be overwhelming to buyers. Plus, not a lot of people actually want a koi pond, as it turns out.

Short Term To-Dos

Landscaping and Selling Your HomeIn the short term, make sure to keep your grass mowed and your gardens meticulously weeded. If you have a fence or roadside mailbox that is damaged or faded, invest in fixing or repainting them so that they look their best. This extra attention to detail won’t go unnoticed and can help you not only move your home faster, but in some cases even for more than you expected.

Don’t forget about the non-green spaces, as well. HGTV says that a good pressure wash on your driveway and siding can make a huge difference in your property’s appeal. You can also add green to areas where it is currently lacking, too. For instance, if you don’t have any sort of plants or greenscaping out front, pick up some planters from your local hardware store and plant some low-maintenance shrubs, ferns or flowers that won’t require much pruning but will add a few pops of color.

Long Term To-Dos

Each of these projects are smaller and easier to manage on your own, but if you want to make a more lasting impression, there are a range of options available. For starters, if your sidewalks are cracked or eroded, you can also make sidewalk repairs to help boost the clean look of your property and make your home more inviting to would-be buyers. This helps improve the longevity of the walkways and can even reduce property insurance if the existing sidewalk is a potential tripping hazard to guests.

Another way to improve looks is to replace your windows. Windows are much more than an aesthetic appeal; they also are money savers. Replacing your windows can add exterior and interior appeal at the same time, with bigger, brighter and more open windows appearing more attractive to buyers from the outside and allowing more natural light inside. New windows also offer improved energy-saving capabilities, making your home more capable of staying warm or cool in any weather.

Then, when these improvements are made, make sure to re-take your real estate photos to show off your home in the best possible way. At Phillips Real Estate, we can help you get your home sold. We work with sellers throughout Oklahoma to market properties to qualified local buyers as well as interested buyers from out of state. We’ll help take care of all the paperwork, too, so that all you have to do is enjoy the next adventure. To get started, call us today at 405-368-9409.