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Suit Yourself™ International Magazine #68 How To Sell A House 3: Exterior & Curb Appeal, Garden & Lawn, Backyard & Pool

  

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Suit Yourself™ International Magazine #68

 

 

HOW TO SELL A HOUSE 3: Exterior & Curb Appeal, Garden & Lawn, Backyard & Pool

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 I hope this is enjoyable and useful to you!

Debra Spencer

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Recall the the key points from the introduction to this series:
Minimize Clutter 
Clean
Repair
Neutralize
Dramatize
and then, Open House!

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Thanks for reading and I hope this series is helpful to you!

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HOW TO SELL A HOUSE 3: Exterior & Curb Appeal, Garden & Lawn, Backyard & Pool

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This issue continues the series to help you sell your house for the best price in the least amount of time. 

Remember: think like a buyer and have a critical eye.

Some parts of your home will be more challenging than others; which parts are challenging will depend on the type of dwelling you have, and how you've used it.

Homes with unusual configurations,

or in challenging locations,

or selling out of season,

or substantially remodelled,

may need extra attention to detail to compete.

This is why I provide each part of your home with a specialized checklist for it,  in detail in each of the upcoming issues, and each checklist applies these same five important points to package each part of your house for sale. 

Even if you can't get to every detail, the checklists will help you to keep the basics in mind and to stay organized. When you're ready to begin work, print out and use each of the checklists, adding your own "To Do" lists to each one.  

If you can remember only one "take-away" rule from this entire series, it's REDUCE CLUTTER. One person's "Pride And Joy" is just clutter to someone else. There is no accounting for taste. Clutter blocks people from visualizing themselves living in your home. Think "hotel room" and "theatre", and pack and store away all non- essentials and anything personal.

Your buyers are considering buying your home from the front row of an intimate theatre,

not from the rear of the cinema or behind a Rock n'Roll concert crowd.

Once your home is for sale, think of your home as a hotel where you're staying until the home sells; in your mind, you've already moved out. 

Remember, to compete successfully and sell, your house must stand out from the competition as memorable in some way other than price.

No matter how fine the neighborhood, that cannot offset a dilapidated ill-kept dwelling in poor repair.

At the same time, your home has to encourage buyers to picture themselves living within it.

Advertising and publicity can't do this for you; they just announce your house is for sale. 

Incidentally, the area immediately surrounding a home has a unique legal significance.  This area, immediately surrounding a home, including any gardens, structures, etc. is referred to by the legal term CURTILAGE.  Curtilage refers to the legal area within which you may be considered to have a “reasonable expectation of privacy” for Fourth Amendment purposes.  As the Ninth Circuit has put it, “Because the curtilage is part of the home, searches and seizures in the curtilage without a warrant are also presumptively unreasonable.”

Curtilage boundaries are subject to interpretation. As Kevin Underhill explains in his blog "Lowering The Bar", the Fourth Amendment guarantees “the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures ….” (Emphasis added.) On the other hand, it does not guarantee security to people out in an “open field” .

What is open to interpretation is the the area between where a house stops and the “open fields” begin, as is precisely how to know when someone is or is not inside curtilage boundaries.

                       

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 Exterior and Curb Appeal, Garden and Lawn, Backyard and Pool

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Minimize Clutter 


Lawn and Garden: mow, trim, weed, water, pick up.
Pet areas: clean up, re-sod spots as needed.


Extra vehicles: remove them from the curb view. 

 

 

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Clean

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Carefully sweep the front porch.


Windows: wash them inside and out.


Walk and driveway: sweep and remove stains.

  


Siding (brick, wood shingling, stucco):  hose down.

 

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Repair

 

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Doors and windows: repair screens, glass, and door hardware


Siding: repair or paint as needed.


Fences: repair or paint as needed.
Gates: Be sure they're working well and smoothly.


Sidewalks and driveways: repair or paint as needed. 


Be sure the mailbox looks inviting.


Be sure the doorbell is in working order.

 

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Neutralize

 

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Lawn areas: remove any distracting decorations.

 

No pink flamingos.


If you have a pool,

remove any distracting decorations.

 

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Dramatize

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Add new house numbers and / or a shiny brass door fixture.

 

Polish the front door hardware.


Add potted or hanging flowers to the deck or porch.


Add a large plant, wreath,

and / or welcome doormat at the entrance.


Borrow or rent nice lawn furniture,

and arrange it appropriately.

Like this:

 

Add a fresh layer of rock


 

or bark if needed.

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Thanks for reading!

Debra Spencer


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