We have heard time and time again that first impressions are lasting impressions and therefore very important. When it comes to selling your home, first impressions can either attract or deter potential buyers. Most of us will spend lots of time on the interior; paying close attention to details, maintaining a high level of cleanliness, updating decor, and overall creating a magazine-spread image. Often the outside gets a quick clean up but not enough time spent on the landscape, exterior paint and warm welcoming most of us would want in our homes. Curb appeal is the first impression your home will make on any potential buyer, whether the buyer is serious or just curious, this is an important positive impression to create.
The right curb appeal will stop people in their tracks. Those that may not have been interested in the area or simply driving by may readily stop to see your home simply by having an attractive curb appeal. Spending time and keeping the exterior of your home as meticulously kept as the interior, you will attract more buyers and sell your home quickly.
Below are some tips for giving your home great curb appeal:
- Maintain landscaping - Grass should be watered and cut relatively short. Gardens and planters should also be watered and free of debris and weeds. If you are having trouble maintaining it yourself, seek out some kids in the neighbourhood (or your own kids) to help at minimal costs. If you have the budget, consider hiring a landcape designer.
- Fresh Paint - Paint can make a house or a room look completely different. It is a good idea to touch up window trim, shutters, deck stains, railings and exterior walls. It can be a lot of work but you will certainly be happy with results!
- Picturesque Porch - If you have a porch make it inviting. If you don't already have it, add seating, consider privacy screens, plants, and outdoor decor. Creating the idea of enjoying life with a cup of morning coffee will appeal to most potential buyers. Creating the idea that this home is ready for potential buyers to simply move in and enjoy will strengthen the desire to buy your home.
- Seeing Through Windows - Windows and doors should be clear and clean. Clear cobwebs, hard dirt and rain splatter from the windows and doors. This will show you care for your home and also give a sneak-peak to the fabulous interior as potential buyers approach your home.
- Backyard Oasis - Although the backyard isn't part of the initial curb appeal, you will want the front yard to mirror the backyard. Creating another oasis that is, at minimum, well maintained is an essential part of the overal curb appeal. Having areas, or zones dedicated to seating, play, cooking and eating are also important. Keep in mind the various zones should interact with one another rather than each being completely separate from the other.
- The Extra Mile - If you have brick exterior consider powerwashing the old grime away. This will bring new life to the exterior. Powerwashing can also be done on driveways, decks, porches and walkways. Be sure lightbulbs are replaced so they don't burn out in the middle of a showing. Light wattage and bulb hue should also be the same so one light isn't accidentally brighter than another. Keep exterior lights on at night, especially if you are not home, to draw attention to your beautiful home.
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