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Increasing Curb Appeal whilst in Covid-19 Coronavirus Lockdown to Sell Your Home in the future

If you are feeling cramped up inside during COVID-19 lockdown and are passing the time away before putting your home on the market post-lockdown, now might be the time to look at things differently, and put the spare time to good use?

Looking to sell in the near future? Get outside into your yard during your lockdown.

If you have a real estate agent, one of the first things they will check is to see how appealing your home looks as they’re driving up to it (or checking it on one of the online mapping sites during the current Melbourne Stage 4 lockdown). An attractive home is one that can hook a potential buyer’s interest and make them want to know more.

Whilst you have a little time now, it might be a good time to do some preliminary works as you start to get your home ready for sale post-lockdown….

Irrespective of the season, if you have some spare time now, you want to make sure that the outside of your home is clean. It can be easy for a home that gets shade to have areas where algae and moss can grow. Pressure wash it to remove anything that makes your home look dirty.

A clean exterior can boost the asking price, while a dirty one can detract from it. So clean the walls, the bricks, the garage door, window shutters if you have them, the front door and all the windows.

Don’t forget to wash the gutters and drain pipes. Paint whatever needs painting (if you already have the spare paint, or order click and collect or paint delivery, or arrange a tradesman?). For some people, this means painting the wood around the windows or the door. Some people paint their garage door. You’ll want to be careful if you do that. Not all paints that say they can be used on a garage door are high quality. The paint will peel or fade in the sun and your garage door will look splotchy.

An agent will always tell sellers to make sure the yard is in good shape. This includes any side yards as well. The lawn should be neatly mowed and remain that way during the entire selling process.

You need to be sure the lawn is edged and no grass is growing in the cracks of any sidewalks that may border your home. If you have landscaping that’s not appealing, you need to take it out and replace it.

Potential buyers like to see colour when they pull up to a house…as well as potential.

That means you should have flowers in the yard or in containers on the porch. Maybe add other pops of colour such as upscale rocking chairs with colourful cushions. You can also build or have someone build flowerboxes and fill those with colourful flowers.

Make sure that any shrubs or trees have fresh mulch. If you have bare spots in your lawn, fix those. You want the lawn to look beautiful and inviting.

Look at the shape of your mailbox. Many people forget to check this, but a rusted mailbox isn’t appealing. Replace an old one with an updated version and do the same with any outdoor lighting and house numbers.

Pay attention to how your fence looks. You may need to replace some panels or replace the entire fence. If your driveway has seen better days, you can get it repaired – and that’s fairly inexpensive – plus it adds good curb appeal

A good real estate agent will give you a comprehensive checklist of what to make sure you take care of or you can get one yourself. You want to have someone else give their take on your curb appeal because they’ll be seeing it with an unbiased point of view. Make the most of now.

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