How’s Your Curb Appeal?
You never get a second chance to give a first impression. And so it goes with showing your home to potential buyers! Your home’s exterior is the first thing people see when searching for a new house, so you’ve got to make it appealing to the largest audience possible. So here’s a list of 5 quick tips to make your home’s curb appeal all it can be!
Cut the grass
It seems like a really obvious tip, but we’re putting this at #1 on our curb appeal checklist. Ragged, unkempt yards can scare people into thinking, “If their lawn looks like that, what’s the inside going to look like?!”. So believe me when I say it’s worth it to take an afternoon and clean up the yard! Dig up the weeds that might be taking over your grass, edge the flower beds, clean up walkways and prune the bushes, trees and flowers to a nice manageable size. If you’ve got some dead patches of grass that stand out in your lawn (gee thanks, neighbourhood dogs!), take the time to dig out the dead areas and replace with either seed or sod. It’s cheap to fix and makes a big difference. We want potential buyers to think “Wow! They’ve really taken good care of this place” when they see your front yard!
Give it some colour
A pop of colour is an easy way of grabbing the buyer’s attention, and gives your home some character! This could be something as simple as adding a few healthy potted flowers to your front porch (don’t let them get wilted — water, water, water!), hanging a visually appealing wreath, or something more dramatic like painting your front door. Choose colours that compliment the rest of your home’s exterior; brick, siding, garage, etc. Remember; now’s not the time to paint your door that electric shade of orange you’ve been in love with since the sixth grade! Find a colour that will appeal to a wider range of buyers in your neighbourhood.
Dress up the porch
If you are lucky enough to have a front porch on your house, there’s nothing worse than leaving it completely bare (other than perhaps, using it as the holding place for recycling bins and garbage!). Instead, define the space as somewhere your potential buyers can imagine spending their time. Put out a couple of simple outdoor chairs and cushions that welcome visitors to your entrance. Depending on the size, a small bistro set might look great. Or a simple urn of flowers near the door. Larger porches might need more furniture in the proper size and scale. But regardless of whether you have a front porch, a clean, simple front door mat is perfect for people to wipe their shoes before entering your home (avoid the “kitschy” novelty front door mats with silly sayings or pictures). There’s no need to over-do it and clutter up the space with accessories, but making sure the entrance is clean and welcoming is a must.
Check the hardware
When was the last time you touched up your house numbers, entry lockset, mailbox or exterior light fixtures? All of these can add style and interest to your home’s curb appeal. If they’re out of date or dingy, your home may not be conveying the look you think it is. Perhaps it’s time to look at these parts of your home as a collective set, rather than a mish-mash of different styles. There are so many types of house numbers, light fixtures and coordinating locksets nowadays — for example oil rubbed bronze might suit a more traditional home, whereas a brushed nickel looks more contemporary. It could be time to make a change and give your home a more exciting look.
Light it up
Making sure your home looks appealing in the evening is just as important as during the day. Dark houses can be intimidating to potential buyers, so show them how bright and cheerful your home can be at night! Simple solar lights can be added to just about any garden or walkway, or using low-voltage uplighting on trees can add a dramatic look to your entrance. Make sure the exterior light fixtures are clean and free of cobwebs, and be sure to check that the lightbulbs still work! It doesn’t hurt to leave the outside lights on for a few hours in the evening to make your house look good; simple outdoor light timers are easy to install and take care of shutting things on/off if you forget.
So there you have it! Five things you can easily do right now that will immediately help improve your home’s curb appeal! As always, if you have any questions or would like to talk about listing your home today, please let me know!