When selling your home, we spend too much time decluttering, painting, repairing appliances, or even staging. That being said, these are all important factors that contribute to the success of selling your home. Which brings us to the question, how do we get the most money in your pocket for selling your home?
If there’s one thing that both agents and sellers alike look past, it’s the first photo of the property. This is possibly the most important aspect for a few reasons. For those of you who are not aware, the first photo on the MLS and syndicated sites is the front of the home, condo building, etc… Believe it or not, this is a requirement for listing your home on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS). If buyers are not attracted to the first photo of the exterior of your home, they will not proceed to the next photo. It is the first impression that the buyers will get of your condo building or home. As we know, first impressions mean everything.
It is critical to pay attention to what is visible in the photo. Is there snow on the ground? Are the outside areas landscaped? Can you see your neighbors’ trash or pet waste?
Additionally, this may involve tackling larger projects such as painting the porch, repairing steps leading into the home, or repairing/replacing gutters that may be falling off the home.
This also works on the opposite end for my buyers. The first thing that I tell them is to pay attention to the outside of the home. This is typically a good indication of how well the home is taken care of, as many owners do not take care of their home and may have quickly spruced up the inside for the sale. When looking at condo buildings, it is even more important to look at the hallways and the interior of the building. Are the hallways painted? Are carpets cleaned? Are locks working properly? Are there old newspapers and mail piled up?
Again, I want to reiterate that this is an indication that the association does not care for the property and they may not maintain the building well. It is all in the subtle nuances that I tell my buyers to pay attention to.
Happy Landscaping and Happy Summer!