Selling your home can be stressful enough with all the paperwork and odd jobs needed before you even start receiving viewings. You will also be aware that your real estate agent will have given no shortage of feedback about what you could do to make your home sell more quickly. At the top of the list that they gave you would have been ‘curb appeal’, and they are 100% correct that this is vitally important.

The first impression that you give a potential buyer can make or break your home’s sale before they even walk through the front door, so you need to take steps to ensure that the impression is the best one possible.

Invest time and effort in your front yard

Before any potential buyer knocks on your door, they will have to go through your front yard, so you need to ensure that there is nothing there that will likely make them want to turn around and leave again. So, you need to ensure that any lawns are well manicured and any garden ornaments are removed so they don’t act as an unwanted focus point. You should also check that any planting or shrubbery that borders your front yard or the path leading to your front door is carefully trimmed. After all, you don’t want any potential buyers having to fight their way along your path past a load of overgrown plants.

Stop people from loitering outside

Your neighborhood might be a very social place with groups of youths hanging around talking and just engaging in regular teenage behavior – not doing anything wrong. What might be fine for you may be intimidating for those coming to view your property, so it may be better if they simply hang out somewhere else. To avoid any awkward conversations that would just make matters worse, you could instead install a sound deterrent for humans. Once this is in place, it will emit a noise that you won’t hear, but the teenagers outside will find it irritating, and it will encourage them to move on. This means that when viewers turn up, they will see no crowds of youths that could give them the wrong impression of your area.

Your garage and driveway

You might want your potential buyers to be able to pull straight into your driveway so that they get a proper feel for what it may be like to live in your home. In this case, you need to make sure that your driveway is free of weeds and in good repair. You will also need to make sure that your garage door has no dents in it, and a new coat of paint would probably not go amiss.

Final thoughts

It doesn’t take much to put a potential buyer off, so you need to make sure that the first impression you make is a good one. A group of youths outside your home might not be what your viewers are expecting to see, so having them move on is not a bad first step. You should also ensure that your driveway, garage, and front yard are presentable so that they are impressed when they first enter your home.