Curb appeal does matter. Attracting serious buyers requires a well-showcased home both inside and out especially in the summer season. After all, your curb appeal is your first opportunity to ‘wow’ your prospective buyers and to entice them to step into your door to see the rest of the house.
HERE IS MY TOP 10 TIPS TO ENHANCE YOUR HOME’S CURB APPEAL THIS SUMMER
1. Keep shrubbery and trees properly trimmed and manicured so the house looks well maintained, clean, bright, and more spacious from the street. An unkempt front yard can send a wrong message to buyers which could lead to a drive-by to their next listing.
2. Remove children’s toys, garbage containers, recycling bins, or any other unnecessary items cluttering your front yard. Your goal is to showcase a curb appeal that says “welcome home” and clutter screams exactly the opposite of that.
3. Fix your warped or broken garage door. It is one of the largest, most visible, elements of your home from the street. Leaving it broken can ruin a great first impression. A coat of paint usually does the trick, works like an instant “face-lift” but if the problem is the mechanical part of it, a garage door repair company can fix it no time.
4. Consider repainting your front door. The right door colour can make your home stand out in online photos making it more visually appealing than boring non-descript doors. It can set your home apart from the competition and can increase interest from potential buyers.
5. Replace your old or worn-out doorknob with a new gleaming hardware. Replace broken mailboxes, your tarnished or dated house numbers, and broken light fixtures by the porch or by the garage if needed. These are quick and inexpensive upgrades that have a big impact on buyers.
6. Make sure the walkways and porches are swept clean. If you have a porch, showcase it well! Stage it with a cozy seating area and take advantage of the summer blooms! It can add cheer and colour to your home; not to mention it looks great on the listing photos too!
7. Both sides of the house should be clean and free of “stuff”. Do not use this spot to dump garbage or unwanted furniture pieces that you removed from the inside of the house, this space shouldn’t be a temporary ‘catch-all’ spot!
8. Give your windows a good wash, glass windows accumulate grime and dust (especially if you haven’t touched it for years) let it shine and sparkle again! If doing this should pose a safety concern, hire professional window cleaners, they always get the job done!
9. Give the front pavement and the back deck a good pressure wash. It’s a great alternative to painting. Once everything’s washed you might discover it doesn’t need to be repainted at all; perhaps just a touch-up will do. If you don’t have the time or the right equipment to do it, hire a professional. Window cleaning professionals usually do this too.
10. And lastly, if possible, park your cars down the street to give your front yard a more spacious appearance from the street, while also providing your buyers more convenient parking.
Toronto-based stager Red Barrinuevo is the property stylist on HGTV Canada’s Hot Market Series and the Principal Designer at Redesign4more. He is an award-winning interior stylist who was also named one of the most influential people in real estate staging this year by RESA Global. His firm is known for enhancing and creating stylish yet functional spaces through its creative home staging, interior decorating, and design services. www.redesign4more.com