The Phoenix real estate market has shown definite signs of growth over the past year. The combination of record low interest rates and rock bottom pricing got buyers moving, and the market has once again shifted from a seller’s market to a buyer’s market. With an emerging seller’s market materializing, it’s best to capitalize by giving your home the edge over the competition. Here are some exterior home improvements you can make to ensure that you get top dollar for your house.
- Repair your Roof. One of the first things a buyer will notice on the outside is a roof that looks like it is damaged. A damaged roof, after all, means potential leakage any time there is rain and you don't want to wait until the next haboob to find out the hard way. Whatever type of roof you have, make sure it is in good repair so your house is not seen as a ‘fixer upper.’
- Improve the Landscaping. What does your home look like when people first see it? A big factor in this equation is how the landscaping blends in with the style of the home. It may be that you have a nicely landscaped exterior. On the other hand, there may be room for improvement in this area. Ask your realtor how your home’s landscaping compares to the competition, and take measures within your budget to improve it.
- Maintain the Exterior. While your home is on the market, you need to have your exterior in tip-top shape at all times. This means keeping the lawn mowed, trees trimmed, or if you live in a cold weather climate, the ice and snow removed from driveways and sidewalks. If you don’t have the time to do this yourself, consider hiring a professional.
First impressions are key, and the first place your prospective buyers will lay eyes on is the exterior. For this reason, it is critical to give your home as much ‘curb appeal’ as possible.
Happy Home Selling!
About the AuthorThis is a guest blog post from Richard Simon, Co-Founder of AZ Lending Experts.AZ Lending Experts is a full service mortgage company specializing in Conventional, VA, FHA, USDA, and Jumbo residential mortgages. The firm is led by Richard Simon, whose family has a legacy in the Phoenix real estate market dating back to 1913 when his grandfather came to Phoenix and developed the tract of land known today as Arcadia Park. Learn more about AZ Lending Experts at: www.azlendingexperts.com.