The front of you house gives people the first impression of your house. First impressions count. How many buyers will choose to come and see your house on open day if they don't like the out side? How many will choose not to?
A picture is worth a thousand words. Your house is going to need to 'put it's face on' as my grandmother used to say. Edges, paths, light, privacy and general tidiness will all be taken into account when your agent is considering whether to promote your home this weekend or not.
The nitty-gritty: Ten jobs you can do to sell your house faster:
1. Mow the lawns.
Just do it.
2.Trim the edges.
A good trim will really clean up the lines of your garden. It will highlight edging and paving or if your yard is 'nothing special', it can give the buyer the impression that while you are too busy to maintain an amazing garden, you keep the place fastidiously.
3.Sweep the paths.
Again, it sets up the buyer to believe the place can look 'like a new pin'.
4.Wash the windows.
You'd be amazed what people try to sell a house looking like. Clean the windows. It will let light in, adding to the feeling of space and warmth. Just the thing to help undecided buyers.
5.Remove any rubbish.
We all have a bit of clutter around. Even buyers do. But they don't want to see it. And telling everyone at a busy open house that the old sofa on the verandah 'is just for the dog to sleep on' won't cut the mustard. Take it to the tip, to the new house or clean it. But just don't leave it sitting there.
6.Fix the fence.
The front fence in particular. If it looks a bit sad, fix it, paint it or pull it down. But a sad front fence is part of a sad first impression.
7. Let the light in.
Pull back the blinds. Clean the windows. Trim the vines and the any low limbs from your trees. These things all help lend an air of light and warmth and space. It can be a big job, but it can make your house look bigger.
8. Highlight the features.
Federation wrought iron? Get the wisteria out of it. Beautifully paved entertaining area? Clean it and keep it weed free. Let your house show off its natural assets.
9.Clean out the shed.
Organise your junk. Or put it somewhere else. We all have some special treasures in the shed, but buyers don't want to see them. They want to see how big the shed is. Empty sheds look bigger.
10.Keep your privacy
Careful pruning and trimming can be the difference between living in an oasis and a zoo. Buyers will feel it straight away.
Doing all of these jobs can take a while and may need a bit of elbow grease. But if you do them well, you can really make a difference. And a difference when selling your house can mean thousands of dollars and weeks of your time. Good Luck!