When you’ve made the decision to sell your home, you may focus on renovating or improving the appeal of the inside of your property. However, the outside of your home is the first thing prospective buyers will see.
You can maximize your curb appeal and increase the likelihood of purchase, or even the value of your home, by following some (or all) of the following tips:
- Lighting: Putting your home in the best light will ensure it’s seen by the right people. A dark property can translate to seeming dank, outdated, or unwelcoming.
Choose a bright porch light, and install one or two above your garage or at the end of your driveway. Leave them on for a few hours after dark to catch the eye of those driving by who might be checking the market for a new house.
- Landscaping: A fresh cut grass, some trimmed bushes, and a little aesthetic colour can go a long way in upping the curb appeal of your home. If you don’t have much of a green thumb, hire a professional landscaper to do their thing before every open house, and make sure you at least get out there and give your lawn and gardens some TLC if you have a scheduled viewing.
- Seasonal Decorating: One of the key methods of selling your home is to make potential buyers see themselves living there. You can achieve this by making your home feel comfortable and inviting, but don’t forget the outside of your home too! With Halloween just days away, consider placing some well-designed pumpkins on your step (though be careful with the spookier decor!). If you’re selling closer to Christmas, add lights to your trees (and shovel that driveway!).
- Paint and Trim: You might think that your outdated paint job adds character to your home but, in reality, that peeling mustard yellow garage door could be the deciding factor in someone choosing not to make an offer on your home. Invest in a new coat of paint – something bright and attractive – that will catch the eye and make your home look clean and welcoming.
- Driveway: Your driveway is a critical facet of the curb appeal of your listed house. Weather and daily usage can leave cracks, discolouring, and unsightly marks. Something as simple as resealing can make a huge difference, giving your property the facelift it needs to sell.
Picture the house you’re selling and what you, if you were the buyer, would want to see when you first drive up. If the home looks dark, light it up. If you’d expect to see daffodils embracing the front steps, do some planting. That first impression you make before someone sees the inside of a property will remain with them, providing that feeling of “coming home” from the very start.
Selling a property in the Kingston area? Interested in learning more ways you can enhance the curb appeal of your home, reach out for a conversation with a member of our team today!