When it comes to selling your home, curb appeal is very important. Potential buyers may skip over your home based on the outside, without taking the time to view the inside. Therefore, you will need to keep the exterior of your home well-maintained. Remember that you only get one time to make a first impression with buyers.
Pretend to be the Buyer
Before you begin improving the exterior of your home, you will need to determine what needs to be fixed or changed. Examine the outside of your home by walking around the property and taking notes and pictures. You can write down what changes need to be made, and compare your notes to the photos that you have taken. Look at what needs to be repaired, cleaned, or replaced altogether. You should also drive by the home in a car, during the day and at night. Look for anything that seems off, such as a ball stuck on the roof or a crack in one of the windows.
The Cleaner, the Better
If the outside of the home has chipped paint, cobwebs, and stains, buyers will likely keep driving by the home, instead of stopping to come in. This is true regardless if your home is in a great Canadian neighborhood, near all of the best amenities. Cleaning the home and adding a fresh coat of paint is one of the simplest changes to make. When you don’t, buyers will wonder what big issues you have failed to take care of on the inside of the home, such as plumbing, electrical wiring, and more. If there are cracks in the steps or sidewalk, see how much it costs to have those issues resolved. A cheaper way to clean the outside of the home is with a pressure-washer. It will generally work on the sidewalks and driveway, as well as decks.
Add Some Color
Painting the home is a good way to make your property look more colorful and refreshing. You can also spruce up the home’s exterior by planting some colorful plants. Add a few plants to the porch, or plant some flower beds in the front of your home. Stay away from artificial flowers; this is a turn-off for most buyers, especially millennials. You can make the home seem brighter by opening the curtains and blinds. Homes that look brighter and more welcoming sell faster than homes that have a dull exterior.
If you have old, dingy numbers on your door, buyers may take this as a sign of a poorly maintained home. The numbers on your home need to be shiny, clean, and easy to read. Replace any dingy numbers on the home with clean numbers that complement the style of your property. For instance, if you have completed upgrades and renovations to the property that coincide with the current trends, the numbers on the outside of the home should be more modern.
Take a Look at the Roof
You can look up toward the sky to see if any repairs are necessary. Check for dirty or missing shingles. If the roof looks dingy or streaked, change the shingles before placing your home on the market. Sometimes all it takes is a good cleaning to give the roof that appeal it needs to attract buyers. It is important that you give your roof that extra glance. Keep in mind that a buyer will thoroughly check out your home, which includes a roof inspection.
Making a great impression with buyers could bring you closer to selling your home, for a great price. If you use these tips, you could wow buyers from the curb, and get them into the house for a proper viewing!
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