It’s not just the big, bad wolf that wants to find his way into a brick home. There are millennials as well. This is excellent news for you if you have a brick home for sale.
Millennials will be flooding the real estate market within the next five years, and they are looking for homes that are move-in ready and require little maintenance. They may struggle coming up with enough cash for a down payment and closing costs, so they generally don’t want to move into a home that will require any updating, maintenance, or repair. Since brick is relatively maintenance-free, young people may be particularly interested in purchasing your brick home.
Millennials also like the idea of using environmentally-friendly materials that are energy efficient. Bricks fit that bill. They also tend to like the natural warmth of brick and consider it an “authentic” material.
How do you make your brick home appealing for millennials and other buyers? Make sure you do everything you can to make your home attractive enough for your buyer to proudly post a photo on Instagram.
Replace Damaged Bricks and Loose Mortar
Although we learned from the Big, Bad Wolf that brick homes are sturdy materials, they are not indestructible. The mortar chips away and a variety of factors can damage bricks.
If you are handy, you may be tempted to replace the damaged bricks yourself to save some money. Keep in mind that a home inspector will be analyzing the work completed on your home and may notice if an expert did not do a structural repair on the house.
You also need to consider that replacing damaged bricks can be tricky with color. Bricks come in a variety of shades, and they change color after interacting with chemicals in the environment. You may feel like you are doing a good thing by replacing damaged bricks, but you will regret the repairs if the new bricks stick out like a sore thumb.
Consider Painting or Whitewashing Your Brick
You could (with an emphasis on could) consider painting or whitewashing the bricks on the outside of your home, although you need to think long and hard before making any decisions.
Some will encourage you to update your home by painting over unappealing brick. You will see many lovely before and after images on Pinterest and may feel tempted to follow the trend.
Before you go to the paint store, here are three things to consider.
- You may want to leave the brick untouched if you live in a historic district.
- Bricks are porous, and they take a lot of paint to cover. You will have to prime the brick, and you may have to cover the bricks with several layers of paint. In general, it costs more to hire a professional to paint a brick home than to paint one covered with wood siding.
- We’ve all painted rooms only to regret our choice of paint color. This usually occurs when the husband picks the hue. Most of the time, this problem is solved with a quick repaint. It won’t be that easy if you choose to paint bricks. Removing paint from bricks is a long, tedious process. Make sure you choose the color wisely
If you can’t decide to paint or not to paint, you might look into other techniques such as whitewashing. Painting with diluted paint can soften the look of bricks. Also, check out the German smear technique.
Power Wash Your Brick House
If you choose to keep the brick in the natural color, make sure the outside is clean from dirt and mildew. Be careful when using a power washer. While it can rejuvenate your bricks, you can also damage the mortar.
Be careful of using power washers around your landscaping as well.
Choose a Door Color that Pops
If you aren’t color savvy, look on Pinterest for a door color that works as a beautiful contrast to the bricks. Avoid trying to match the door color with the bricks. Instead, spend time on the opposite side of the color wheel.
Dare to go bold with the color of your door. That fun burst of color can be painted over easily should the mood strike you. A bold color can add personality to your house and can also act as a landmark. (“Look for the house with the bright purple door.”)
Replace Dingy Outdoor Accessories
A blast from a can of spray paint can do much to liven up the door knocker, house numbers, and outdoor light fixtures on the exterior of your home. Of course, this cheap way to perk up the curb appeal of your home is not exclusive to brick houses.
If you are preparing to sell your house, reach out to a local Clever Partner Agent who will guide you in staging and marketing your investment. They will also work to find the right buyer for your home and negotiate for the highest price.