5 BUDGET-FRIENDLY CURB APPEAL UPGRADES

1. Tackle the big issues first

That spot along the sport along the side of the house or garage where you keep leftover lumber, drainage pipes, or an old basketball net - get rid of it if you haven't touched in on over 2 years -discard it.

If you have an old shed that is an eyesore to you - you know, the one you hope will grow  legs and walk away - trust me when I say that potential buyers have 20/20 vision and will zero in on any negatives.

2.  Get into those gardens!

Dig up weeds, turnover the dirt, put nice clean edges in, and rate that garden!  Tri, move, or ge rid of unruly shrubs and perennials.  Friends and family may be willing to donate some of their flowering perennials to your project.  Also, big chain hardware stores will sell their hanging baskets of annuals at half price or sell.  Strategically planted groupings easily add instant punches of colour  to the yard.

3.  Remvoe outdoor knick-knacks

Buyers are on a mission.  In the first minute of taking in the curb appeal of your property, they are going to know if they will even consider purchasing the property.  Give the rest of your home a fighting chance!  You may love the garden gnome, but don't distract buyers from their mission with personal items. 

You want potential buyers to visualize themselves relaxing in the yard (with a nice ice tea)  As REALTORS we want to hear things like "wouldn't our patio set look amazing here?" or "Oh honey, the kids would love this yard."

4. Shingles

If the house shingles are showing wear and tear i makes it that much harder to sell you home.  In fact, depending on the level of wear on the shingles, this can make your home almost undesirable since worn shingles are often related to other issues within the property.  Some roofing companies offer financing through major banks, which can make things much easier on the pre-sale expenses.

5. Paint the front door!

Front door painted with POW colours make people want to enter!  Red! Periwinkle Blue ! Yellow!  Go for it !  You're moving away anyway so you don't have to love it .. just make sure your REALTOR update the photos to show off the new colour.

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