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Home Inspection Tips To Attract Buyers To Your Open House

By Noel Peebles
Co-Author For Sale By Owner Home Selling Secrets ebook.

There's an old real estate saying “A house that sparkles is a house that
sells!”

First impressions do count! Potential buyers will often just want to
drive-by and look at the outside of a property. Why? Because, they simply
want to make a quick, personal “no-obligations” assessment. They want to
save themselves the time, hassles and possible embarrassment of looking
through an open house that they don’t intend to buy.

A house with poor “street appeal” can get struck-off a buyers shopping list,
without them even stepping a foot in the door. That potential sale could be
lost in a matter of seconds!

The first step is to prepare the exterior of your house. Start by taking a
clear-headed look at your house from the street. Stand at the curb and look
at the house in the same way a buyer might. Imagine that you are seeing your
house for the very first time.

What catches your eye? What stands out?

Is it the beautiful landscaping and the new fence or roof? Or does something
else strike you?

Maybe your eye is drawn by the flaking exterior paint? Perhaps it’s those
holes in the driveway that you notice first? Could it be the rusty
guttering, or that boarded-up window? If it is something negative, then
chances are your potential buyer will spot the same fault. The danger is,
they may not even bother attending your open house day.

Here’s a quick 14-point exterior checklist to get you started:

Check 1.
Are the lawn and shrubs well maintained?

Check 2.
Does the garden or pathway need weeding?

Check 3.
Do the flower-beds need freshening up? Would some fresh mulch look better?

Check 4.
Are lawn mowers, toys and hoses properly stored?

Check 5.
Does the driveway need resurfacing?

Check 6.
Are there cracks in the foundation or walkways?

Check 7.
Is the garbage and debris stored out of sight?

Check 8.
Are the gutters, chimney and exterior walls in good condition?

Check 9.
Do the window casings, shutters, siding or doors need painting or repairing?

Check 10.
Does the fence or letterbox need repairing or painting? Does the gate work?

Check 11.
Do the windows need washing inside and out?

Check 12.
Does the front door (or door frame) need sprucing up?

Check 13.
Does the doorbell and entrance light work?

Check 14.
Is the garage door closed?

Remember, this is how your home will "introduce" itself to a potential
buyer. If the “street appeal” isn't there, you could lose your buyer without
them even getting out of the car. They will likely move on to the next
available house, no matter how beautiful the interior of your house may be!

This all might sound obvious, but it is a lesson that unfortunately many
home owners learn the hard way. They either struggle to sell their home, or
they fail to get the price the property is capable of attracting.

Do what is necessary to make your home stand out from the competition. Make
certain that your house is fresher, cleaner, and better maintained. And
above all – make sure it has “street appeal.”

© Noel Peebles, Market Leaders ebooks.

 

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Noel Peebles is author of the best selling ebook
"173 Powerful Ideas, Tips, Tactics And Proven-To-Work
Strategies To Sell Your Own Home."
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