How to make your home look better at first sight

In most of the situations, homes on the market sell faster if the have a better curb appeal. Even if the interior is awesome and full of high tech features, it will still take more to sell than a home with makes an excellent first impression on the outside. This is why you need to take your time to enhance the curb appeal of your home before putting it on the market. Buyers will flock at your gate and they will step inside with a strong desire to own that house.

Let your friends help you

When you look at your own house, it may be hard to see its flaws. Everything looks very familiar to you, so it's much better to have some objective persons take a closer look and tell you what they think you could improve. If you want to sell the house quickly and for a good price, you need to fix all those problems that may make people think your property may not be in such a good shape. Ask your friends for their opinion and listen to it. An objective look is priceless, as it will enable you to counter many objections even before they are raised.

Enlisting your friends and acquaintances to help you is the best way to get some independent and honest opinions. You need those persons who don't come to your place often, people you meet outside your house, at work or at various other activities or sports you may be doing regularly. Ask those people to drive to your house and look at it from the outside as if they wanted to buy it. Then have them tell you their first impression. Did they feel like they wanted that house? Did they have the urge of seeing more? Did they picture themselves already living there, surrounded by their family?

It's best to ask them to give you their impressions in writing. This is how you can make sure you don't overlook or forget an important detail you need to fix to increase the curb appeal of your property. Ask them to describe specifically the biggest flaws of your home, in their opinion.

You need to ask those people to be as objective as possible. Tell them why you are doing this and make them feel comfortable with the idea of telling you the truth about your house. Don't take it personally, although this could be very difficult in some cases. The point is to have a more successful sale of your home and not to get rid of a few friends.

After you get the written opinions, look carefully over them and make a list of the best and the worst features of your home. The worst ones are the first to be fixed, so start making priorities and looking for effective solutions to get them sorted out.

Take photos of your house

Taking photos and watching them closely is also helpful in finding the possible drawbacks for your potential buyers. It's a good idea to take these photos in black and white, so that you don't get distracted by colors. When looking at monochrome images, flaws will become more visible, as your attention won't be focused on color combinations and effects anymore.

Develop and action plan to tackle problems on your list

With a list of problems already identified, it's time to fix them one by one, until your house gets a fresh, new look. After you get rid of all these problems, you can think about improvements, new functionality and other bells and whistles you may want to add for increasing the price of your property.

For instance, if you found mold and you ignore it, thinking that it won't be visible anymore after the renovation, you are going to  be sorry later on. Mold is a serious problem that may affect the health of people living in a house, so you need to remove it before painting the walls or doing any other type of renovation. Otherwise, it will appear again and you are going to realize you spent a lot of money for a painting job you need to redo. If you don't know how to remove the mold and mildew from your house, call a professional to help you.

Make sure the backyard and the surroundings of the building look neat and clean.

Don't leave clutter such as garden tools or other items you can't find a storage place for. Children's toys should also be removed and stored somewhere. The front of your property needs to be uncluttered and neat.

Dirty windows may scare the visitors away.

They can make even a beautiful house look ugly. Clean your windows very well, on both the inside and the outside before you get potential buyers coming to visit the property. Maintain the gutters clean at all times, remove all dead leaves, dirt and other debris that may be there. People like cleanliness, even if they don't say it specifically.

Your lawn should be very well maintained.

Trim it carefully, so that it doesn't grow over the sidewalk or driveway. All weeds should be removed, including those that grow in cracks or between the slabs.

Seal all cracks in the driveway before you put your house up for sale.

This will make it look newer and it will improve the first impression people get when they see your house for the first time.

Give your house exterior a fresh coat of paint.

Choose a natural color that goes well with the surroundings. If you paint your house in a crazy pink or dark purple, you may have a hard time finding people who share your taste in this matter.

Consider adding some decorative lights in front of the house and along the alleys and driveways. Every little fancy detail matters in creating a positive impression.