7 Steps to Creating Curb Appeal
If you’ve been posted this season, then you know that creating a good impression of your home is more important now than ever to sell your home quickly and at a fair price, as the Coronavirus is still raging through much of the country. And what better way to create a lasting and positive impression of your home than to add some curb appeal?
The key element of curbside appeal is that you do not want the home interior to have to go through an uphill battle if you will. You want to positively predispose the potential buyer to what they’re about to see inside because the inside will sell the home. Still, the outside, the exterior, the overall look of the home can also have an impact on the potential value of the house,” said Emil Turcotte, Partner and Professional Home Stylist at Capital Home Staging & Design. According to Turcotte, if the outside of a house seems problematic, then potential buyers tend to put in lower offers. So, what can you do to up your house’s curbside appeal? Turcotte breaks down some easy ways to get the exterior of your home to tip-top shape to sell your home in no time.
The Nuts and Bolts
Certain repairs can make a huge difference in adding appeal to your home. Turcotte highly suggests spraying sealant on the driveway or repaving it if there are cracks. Additionally, if your roof is not up to par, you may want to consider getting it fixed as roofs are at the top of the list when it comes to repairs home buyers notice.
Nice and Bright
Lighting is not negligible outside, just like inside the house,” warned Turcotte. Investing in quality
light fixtures outdoors can have a substantial impact on the sale of your home. Also, make sure to keep
them clean and cobweb free.
If you want to take things a step further and work on the beautification of your home’s exterior, Turcotte warns to keep it as simple as possible. “There’s always a danger when you go beyond just a clean look,” said Turcotte. If you do decide to go this route, Turcotte suggests using images from home magazines and home and garden television shows and try to “rec-create them as closely as you can.” The look needs to be done well. Additionally, be sure to use plants and other beautification equipment that you are familiar with. Don’t experiment. One simple things you can do to beautify your home is adding a fresh coat of paint on the garage or front door using neutral colours.
During the winter months, Turcotte suggests removing screens from the windows to not only allow more natural light indoors but also to make your home look welcoming overall. Be sure also to make sure your windows are washed. These two things put together create a clear view into your home, making it more appealing overall.
Keeping it Neutral
The bottom line to creating curbside appeal is to keep things neutral and clean. That’s why it is also essential to remove any articles or posters from the exterior that signify a certain preference. “Make sure you don’t have outside your home any type of political or religious insignia. Signs of who you’re voting for, who you’re promoting, who you pray to. The word here is neutral,” suggested Turcotte. In essence, the best way to really add curb appeal is to make sure your exterior is clean, neat, and does not create any negative barring on the buyer. “You want to make sure you’re not impeding the look of the home. That you’re not creating any negative mojo or vibe of the house,” said Turcotte.