It was interesting to catch up with our good friends last weekend after they spent a whole day house hunting in our local area. They had set out in the morning with a list of 11 properties to look at that had initially appealed to them on an internet search.
However, upon arriving to the properties one by one, they decided to walk into only six of them to make their inspection, but not even bother with the other five. Why?
Well, according to them (and in their own words), ‘they looked crap!’. Unappealing, run down, too much work needed, generally not attractive enough to even warrant any further inspection… Gee, that’s very disappointing.
So it got my mind thinking about how many other prospective buyers felt exactly the same way and did exactly the same thing that same weekend, and drove right past the property because of its lack of street appeal.
And what if the seller had actually put some thought into better presenting their home to better attract potential home buyers, rather than have them drive right by as a result of feeling let down?
And more importantly I guess, what effect would this have on the final result with respect to the eventual sale price? Could a higher price have been achieved with just a little more thought and consideration put into the home’s exterior appearance.
I mean, after all, if the exterior appearance of the home is not appealing enough, then there is no reason for a prospective buyer to park their car, get out and proceed to the front door.
The inside of the home could be a hidden treasure with a newly renovated and well-designed kitchen, designer bathrooms, an amazing rear decking with outdoor entertainment areas, but without any curb side appeal from the street front, the seller misses out completely on the opportunity with this particular buyer.
Remember, it is only the simple things that can often increase the street appeal of your home. Minor adjustments can provide truckloads of character to your home, and will have car loads of prospective buyers expressing interest in your home and in turn, nudging the sale price way up beyond your expectations.
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