I harp on this subject quite often it seems, but everyday I still see people spending countless sums of money installing lovely new carpets, kitchen fans, new cabinets and attractive wallpaper. At the same time, an old dark blue station wagon is still stripped down, just sitting in the driveway. You can see the motor dangling on a rope, tied off to the fruitless mulberry tree. The corner post on the patio is still busted where the former tenants kept his well mannered pit bull tied up tied up. Take my advice; please fix up the outside first!
Daniel Webster said: “The world is governed more by appearance than by reality.” And, that’s exactly how your customers will judge your house fix-up job. If you spend $5000 working under the house, you can consider that money as mostly a gift for the next owner.
People buy or rent houses, mentally, before they ever set foot inside. Many buying and renting decisions are made in the car going 20 MPH as prospective customers drive through the neighborhood for a quick peek! These drive bys or quick peeks are where you’ll make a sale or lose it. If your property doesn’t show well on the outside, most folks will simply assume it looks about the same way on the inside! This is why I always advise students to concentrate their efforts on fixing up the outside before they start on the inside. The only exception I’ll make is when it’s raining!