and Proper Property Presentation
The first consideration always seems to be paint or no paint. If there
is any chipped or pealing paint, it’s a no-brainer – scrap,
sand and paint. If the texture of the paint looks good up close, let’s
take a farther look. Step back, go across the street, does the paint still
look vibrant? Does the paint look uniform and even? If not, fresh paint
is probably the best answer. We already know fresh paint is a good investment
and really spruces up the appearance of a house and adds to the curb appeal.
When choosing a color, a light neutral color is best – a color that
fits well in the neighborhood. You want buyers to feel they are buying
a home that blends in, not sticks out.
Also consider deck and railing surfaces. Wood decks and railings should
give the appearance of being well maintained. Especially vulnerable are
the horizontal surfaces where water has a chance to collect and wear on
the wood finish. One of the best solutions is a maintenance-free, synthetic
covering on horizontal surfaces.
Metal railings in basement ways and porches often get forgotten. If there
are any rough spots, they should be sanded add painted. You may be able
to get away with spot painting but only if the paint is out of the same
can as the original paint.
While you are across the street, take a good look at your roof –
you may even want to take binoculars or field glasses to have a close
look. Is there anything in the roof’s appearance that would concern
a prospective buyer? Is so, it’s better to realize it now and have
it corrected or at least show that you are aware of it and have the answer
ready to relieve the buyer’s concerns. If you know your roof leaks,
fix it – if it is old and leaky, replace it. If you do not replace
it, you have to disclose it and the buyer will possibly want the roof
replaced anyway. If you do not know of any leaks but the roof just looks
worn or rough, it is probably best to wait to see if and/or what the home
inspection reveals. Why spend any money unless you have to?
The Back Yard
The back yard is no less a showcase than the front yard. It is often an
area that offers more privacy and security for the homeowner. (A flashback:
curb appeal is based on the view from the front curb right up to and in
the front door. Curb appeal is important because it gets potential buyers
to stop and look closer.) Fact: The buying family will spend much more
recreational/personal time in the back yard than in the area of curb appeal
out front. Fine, now we have a perspective.