Photo Credit: Jacob Krejci

 Photo Credit: Jacob Krejci

We’ve all heard the saying: “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” Well, not so, when it comes to selling your home!

In fact, potential buyers ARE judging your home by its ‘cover’ – the landscaping, general yard maintenance, shape of the siding, exterior paint colour and condition.

It may be surprising, but poor curb appeal can actually deter potential buyers from even walking through your front door! And, even though most buyers will get their first glance of your property online, a large number of those will also drive by for a better look before contacting their realtor.

So, how do you make your home as visually appealing as possible without breaking the bank and for the best return on your investment? Here are some “Tips + Tricks” that will give you the best results.

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Curb Appeal Tips + Tricks:

  1.  A fresh coat of paint will add instant curb appeal and is one of the best investments you can make. A professional colour consultant is your best bet when selecting paint colours to avoid the wrong (and ultimately, costly) choice.
  2. Landscaping: remove dead plants, weed, rake, re-sod, add new mulch and trim hedges…and while you’re at it don’t forget to mow the lawn. You can go big or small; Do-It-Yourself or hire professionals.
  3. An increasing number of buyers want a relaxing outdoor area and place to escape. Building a deck or outdoor sanctuary to your property can add huge value to your sale price – up to 12% according to Carson Arthur, HGTV Host & Landscape Expert.
  4. ‘Brighten up’ with lighting. Light the pathway to the door, highlight landscaping after dark and brighten the front entry. Lighting creates appeal and safety.
  5. Create a well-defined and unobstructed path to the front & back doors. Trim shrubs and remove toy obstacle courses. No one wants to get poked in the eye with an unwieldy tree branch or trip on junior’s basket ball hoop!
  6. Make sure those windows sparkle. Inside & Out.
  7. Revive the front entry by adding new hardware, house numbers, mailbox, a new doormat and freshen up the paint to create a warm and welcoming invitation into your home.Stock Photo
  8. Seasonal flower containers, urns, planters and window boxes will add huge visual interest to your entry. Buy or plant your own for a quick jolt of colour.
  9. Ensure all surfaces are power washed. Clean siding, walkways, patios and driveways show buyers that you care about the overall condition of your home…even if it’s not ‘brand-spanking’ new.
  10. Move equipment, gardening tools, debris and personal items from the yard and patio. Stash the garbage, compost & recycling bins out of site. (Wind up the hose while you’re at it.)
  11. Clean up after your pets…no one wants a surprise from Rover.
  12. Don’t use your driveway as an Impark parking lot. Instead, use the garage (if it’s not jam-packed) or park on the street…especially during Open Houses.
  13. Add colour to the backyard patio or deck with new brightly coloured cushions and umbrella – create a colourful space and give the impression of fun outdoor gatherings…even if it’s soggy outside. Remember to re-stain your deck if it is faded.

    Better Homes & Gardens

    Better Homes & Gardens

  14. If you are selling during election time, it’s best to remove any political signage. You don’t want even the slightest chance of ‘putting off’ potential buyers.
  15. Use Lawn Ornaments with caution! Not everyone likes garden gnomes or concrete angels. Remember: Preparing your home for selling is not the same as when you are dwelling.
  16. Finally, ensure that all necessary repairs to eaves & troughs, cracks in the sidewalk & driveway, chimney, roof patching, restaining, painting and mending fences have all been done before you list. Don’t assume potential buyers can see past all that…if they see poor maintenance on the outside, they may think the inside is neglected, too.

Refresh the exterior of your home. Don’t stop potential buyers just at the curb…reel them through the door by creating smashing curb appeal!
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