Are you getting ready to put your business up on the market?
If so, you should make sure you do everything possible to get the most money you can for it. You have, after all, spent a ton of time building your business up into what it is today. So the last thing you want to do is be forced to accept a lowball offer for it.
One great way to ensure you’re bringing in the best offers for your business is by improving the curb appeal of it. You want people to be blown away by how great the outside of your business looks when they walk by.
People are going to be more likely to step inside your business to see what it’s all about when you give its curb appeal a boost. Here are some excellent curb appeal ideas that you should consider putting to good use.
Begin by Power Washing Everything in Sight
When is the last time you took a power washer and cleaned everything on the outside of your building? If you can’t remember, now would be an excellent time to break out a power washer and get to work.
Within just a few hours, you can power wash everything from the siding on your building and your front door to your sidewalks and your front walkway. Even if you don’t do anything else, this will make a world of a difference when it comes to your curb appeal.
Take photos and look at the curb appeal before and after if you don’t believe us. You’ll be amazed by how much better a power washer will make your business look.
Put Up a Fresh Coat of Paint on the Walls
Once you’re all finished power washing, the next thing you should do is some curb appeal painting. It’s incredible to see what a fresh coat of paint can do for a business.
Your ultimate goal is going to be to attract plenty of attention to your business. So don’t be afraid to go with a paint color that’s very bold and bright. At the same time, try to find a color that represents your business and what it’s all about.
Hang a New Sign
Have you had the same sign hanging on the outside of your business for as long as you can remember?
If you own, say, an iconic restaurant, you might want to leave it in place. You’re not going to want to consider replacing your classic sign when you say, “I want to figure out how to sell my restaurant.”
But if your sign doesn’t fall into this category, you’ll be so much better off getting rid of it and hanging a new one. It’ll make potential buyers feel like you’ve taken steps to make your business as appealing as possible to customers.
Just be sure to include the right things on your sign. This means putting your business name and all your relevant contact information on it.
Add Some Flowers and Plants to the Mix
One of your main missions when trying to improve the curb appeal of your business prior to selling it should be to make it feel like it’s alive. And what better way to do that than by adding some actual life to it in the form of flowers and plants?
You may not have the budget to take on a complete curb appeal landscaping project. But you can surely hang up a couple of flowers and a few plants to inject some life into your business’ outdoor space. It’ll go a long way towards making your business look and feel alive.
Liven Up Your Window Display and Keep It Current
Does your business have a window display that you use to advertise your latest products and/or sales? That window display is going to need to be livened up early and often.
You should rethink your window display as soon as you decide to sell your business and make it look its best. You should also keep your window display current by updating it every couple of weeks.
Make Sure You Have More Than Enough Lighting
Under normal circumstances, it’s important for businesses to have enough lighting installed on the exterior of their properties. This lighting can be used to shed light on a business once the sun goes down, and it can also keep a business’ customers safe at all times.
It’s especially important for lighting to be installed when a business is for sale. Otherwise, people might drive right by it at night without even seeing the “For Sale” sign hanging in the window. You should have some additional lighting hung up outside your business if your current lighting is lacking.
Improve the Curb Appeal of Neighboring Businesses as Best You Can
How is the curb appeal of the businesses that surround yours? If they look like complete crap, you can bet your bottom dollar that it’s going to reflect poorly on you.
Who in their right mind would want to buy a business that’s set up next to a business that’s all rundown and decrepit? You should do whatever you can to improve the curb appeal of nearby businesses.
In some cases, you might have to take your power washer and do it yourself if the business has been abandoned. But you might also be able to convince a fellow businessman to get out there and take steps to improve their curb appeal themselves.
It could benefit them in a big way if someone swoops in and makes you a big offer for your business.
Sell Your Business Faster and for More Money by Following These Steps
Your business might look amazing on the inside. But if the outside of it is a mess, it’s going to be impossible for you to sell it for top dollar.
Improving the curb appeal of your business prior to trying to sell it makes all the sense in the world. You should make it a top priority before it hits the open market.
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