Curb appeal is more important than you might think. This often-used term refers to a prospective buyer’s first impression of your property from the street. We all know that you should not judge a book by it’s cover, however, there can be huge benefits to making that cover as appealing and welcoming as possible!
Selling your home is an emotional process and it can be hard to step into a buyer’s shoes. However, by doing so, you may end up seeing a financial benefit once you do sell. A buyer is looking for a clean and welcoming property that looks like it has been well taken care of. They should be able to easily see themselves enjoying the outdoor space as much as the inside of the home. Staging your home for sale is a huge job that includes the outside of the house and actual property your home sits on as well.
The first step when elevating your home’s curb appeal is to stand in front of your home (and perhaps get in your car and drive by a few times) and pretend to be a buyer. What do you see? Pay close attention to what could be improved and what needs fixing. Here are some quick and simple tips to elevate your home’s curb appeal to get the best value for your home:
Make sure all outdoor lights are in working order.
There is a chance that your property could be shown when it is dark outside and this is a simple step that may be overlooked during the preparation process. A nicely lit home is welcoming and enticing to a buyer, especially during the winter months.
Clear Walkway & Entrance
Clear your walkway and entrance area.
Removing dirt, fallen leaves, snow, or any other debris improves your home’s outward appearance. Also, remove items like children's toys, shovels, bins, and any other items that clutter the entrance to your home. You want the walkway and entrance to be easily accessible, tidy and clear for the best first impression on buyers.
If you have a large front porch, you can also set up some outdoor furniture with some pillows and a lantern to make your entrance more attractive.
Clear the Snow.
In the winter months, make sure the driveway and entrance paths are neatly snow plowed or shoveled for easy access. Ottawans know that whatever we can do to make our lives easier during the winter is a job worth doing, so making your property easily accessible will do wonders for your homes curb appeal. If a buyer has a difficult time accessing your home, this could have a negative impact on their opinion as they tour the interior of your home.
If you are showing your house during the winter, it may be a good idea to hire a regular snow removal service to ensure that access to your home is as easy as possible.
Clean your front door and add a seasonal wreath.
Wreathes have a huge impact on your home’s outward appearance for a small price. Wash down your doors by brushing off any loose dust or dirt and clean using a soft cloth or sponge with a mixture of mild dish soap or vinegar and warm water. Dry with paper towel or a cloth.
Change out old hardware for new.
Change out the hardware on your door and street number to further spruce up the entrance area of your home. Alternatively, you can research cleaning techniques for the specific material your home’s hardware is made out of to give it new life!
Wash the inside and outside of your windows.
This is a chore that tends to fall to the end of the weekly “To-Do” list, but is a quick and easy way to make a big difference in your home’s appearance. Windows allow natural light into your home, and homes with lots of natural light are typically what most buyers find the most attractive. If you happen to have a great view from inside your house, you will want to highlight this by ensuring that the windows are clear.
Mow the lawn, trim the hedges, and remove weeds from walkways.
This will make your property look neat and orderly. The last thing you want a buyers' first impression to be when they pull up to your home for a showing is that this home has not been lovingly maintained.
Declutter your windows.
A simple and uncluttered window will make your home look more inviting and serene, both outside and inside. Remove nick-nacks and personal photos and replace with one or two plants or candles.
Move the Bins
Move garbage, recycling and compost bins out of sight.
This one is a no brainer, however it is something that can easily slip your mind. Store them in your garage, or purchase an outdoor storage shed that is specifically designed to safely and attractively store your bins.
Tend to your garden.
In the spring, summer and fall, make sure your garden is weeded and add some bright, flowering plants. Planters are an excellent addition to your front porch and walkway. A well tended garden makes any property look luscious and welcoming.
Move the Car
Move your car(s) out of the driveway.
This way prospective buyers can imagine their car in your driveway! This makes your home more welcoming as they can pull right up and imagine a bit more what it would be like to live in your home.
All of these changes take a few hours or under to complete and will make a significant difference in your home’s curb appeal and the corresponding sale price!
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