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Monday, December 7, 2009 @ 4:17:00 PM - Written by Ryan Vaught

December 7, 2009

Over the next two weeks I will be sharing some ideas for sellers for how to make your house more appealing to buyers.  These are simple but effective tips.  Lets start with the basics-

Create some curb appeal!
Many home searches are now done on websites (i.e. like mine:  Buyers like to be able to search for a home in the privacy of their own space and make a list of houses they wish to view.  There is an upside and a downside to this-they are the same!  You only get one chance to make a solid impression with the photos you choose to have posted of your house.  The front of the house is the first thing that buyers see and they may not even bother "cliciking" on the listing if they are not pleased with your houses curb appeal.  Follow these simple tips to get your house ready for its important picture day (or vitrual tour)- and make sure you know when your realtor plans on taking the pictures of your house so you can be prepared. 

5 Simple Steps to creating curb appeal:

Consider the paint job:
Is it looking a little worn?  Painting a while house can be expensive but consider key features you may want to consider having painted in order to spruce up your house.  I.e. possibly painting the trim, the front door and/or the mailbox. 

How are your digits looking?
Yes, I am referring to your address number on the front of your house.  Is it really outdated or worn looking?  This is a very cheap fix but can really help update your house.

Is the grass greener on the other side?  
How does your yard look, specifically the front yard?  Is the grass green?  If not-make the cheap investment in some fertilizer and a hand held spreader and get going on making the grass pop!  Also, make sure the yard is well groomed; grass is trimmed and edged and plants and flowers are pruned.  One last note-if you have bark in your front yard consider re-barking your yard to make your yard look extra groomed.

Accessorize but don't go overboard:
Have a front porch but no furniture on it?  Consider spending a little money to purchase a nice outdoor bench or something simple that fits the space.  Buy a nice simple door mat that is welcoming.  If it's Christmas time consider hanging a nice but simple wreath on the front door that possibly matches your door or compliments it.

Is the house the first thing you see or the cars?
Make sure to not have any cars in the driveway for pictures.  Better yet, make sure to not have any cars in the driveway the entire time your house is for sale (if it's possible to park somewhere else).  This will ensure that the house is the first thing buyers notice rather than the cars.

Check back later this week and next for more simple and effective ways to make your house more appealing to buyers.

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Currently Ryan has about 30+ listings in inventory, and has sold 25 homes in 2009. Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions about Chico area real estate.

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