We've all heard the saying that 'the Devil's in the details'. This is oh so true when it comes down to creating a positive lasting impression. Don't let deferred maintenance and lack of curb appeal douse your hopes of receiving an offer on your property.
If a potential buyer's first impression is tainted by little things that have been deferred or ignored, as small as they may seem, these little distractions can add up and later weigh in as deal breakers. Whereas some home repairs are best left to professionals, there are projects that homesellers can do that are so simple that they are often overlooked.
The basic rule of thumb is: Maintain
If you are not able to be present to do so yourself, hire someone to watch over your property. It is imperative that properties on the market be well taken care of to maintain seasonal curb appeal. Areas of concern include: (1) regular summertime lawn mowing, watering and weed pulling, (2) fall leaf raking and gutter cleaning, as well as (3) timely snow and ice removal throughout the winter months. Additional punch list items should include lightbulb replacement (indoors and out), spiderweb removal from entryways and porches, and spreading a salt and sand mixture on icy patches.
Review this article to determine whether there are things that you can do to push things along with the sale of your property,