You may think buyers wait until they’re inside your house to start evaluating it, but that’s not the case. They want to see something amazing before they even walk through your front door.
The truth is this: When a buyer steps out of their car and sees the outside of your house, they’ll know whether they like it within about 10 seconds. That’s not a very long time to make a great first impression. But the reality is, that’s all the time you have to grab buyers at the curb, so you can’t take those critical first seconds for granted.
Here’s why: When buyers get to your house, their first impression is what they see on the outside. They’re taking in the house’s exterior, the landscaping, the porch—everything. They may even be standing around for a while if they arrive before their agent or have to wait while the agent unlocks the door.
When was the last time you went outside, stood at the curb and took a really good, hard look at your house? You may be surprised by how it looks from a buyer’s point of view. So go ahead and see for yourself. Look at your house and ask, what do buyers see in those first critical moments? Do they see a pretty, maintained, fresh exterior that makes them eager to get inside, or do they see something not-so-fabulous that makes them want to jump back in the car and speed off?
If the outside of your house needs some TLC, it’s an instant turnoff because buyers are just as interested in a well-maintained exterior as an impressive interior. And if you lose them before they even walk through the front door, it’ll be harder to sell them on the rest of the house.
It all comes down to this: When it’s time to sell, it’s critical that you spruce up the outside of your house with needed repairs, fresh paint, and lovely landscaping. Not sure where to start? Get in touch with me to get the direction you need so you can get the sale price you want.
To get expert home staging in Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia, contact us today at Main Stage Home Staging & Organizing, 240-324-8280, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
by Jennifer Westbrook, Main Stage Home Staging & Organizing