elitere | Jun. 8, 2021
They say you only get one chance to make a good first impression, and this couldn’t be more true for a house. In Waterloo Region especially, “Curb appeal” aka the attractiveness of a property when viewed from the street, is everything.
Waterloo Region is popular for its pleasant neighborhoods and quaint streets. But if you’re thinking of selling your property, there are a few things you can do to stand out.
The front entrance to your house is the centerpiece of its curb appeal. You should make it beautiful, welcoming and ensure it is in perfect condition. Easy ways to glam the place up include a fresh coat of paint, upgrading your house number, or adding planters with flowers beside your front door.
According to HouseLogic reports, thorough cleaning of your home’s exterior can increase the sale value of some properties by $10,000 to $15,000. Nothing puts off potential buyers like grime and dirt that have been outside of your home for years. They want to see that you not only maintain your house but that you are ready to receive them with a clean property.
Landscaping involves various activities that involve improving your green spaces. Trimming shrubs and trees, planting/maintaining flower beds, mowing the lawn and introducing mulch are some of these steps.
This is also another area you should not overlook. Repair any cracks or potholes along the driveway and pave it with flagstones to make it more appealing. Painting also helps cover up repairs and gives it a great finish for that awesome curb appeal.
A welcoming rug, potted plants and some porch furniture are all ways you can decorate your exterior. Repair/ replace old furniture and declutter where there is excess. You can also accessorize your furniture with outdoor pillows and cushions, as well as adding a matching table and setting up a planter.
A dark entry path can be quite depressing. You can brighten up the place by clearing debris and cobwebs around electric fixtures. You can also use inexpensive solar garden lights to add more light to the entryway.
You may have accessorized your exterior to perfection, but this is one thing many ignore. Dirty windows are quite noticeable and will most definitely give a bad picture. Keeping them clean also makes the entryway look brighter.
This will make your exterior look brand new. Adding fresh paint to your doors, fence and garage will make your property more attractive to buyers. It also shows that you take proper care of your house.
Upgrade your door’s hardware and any fixtures on your porch. Revamp your lighting fixtures such as lanterns, upgrade your door knobs, get rid of any loose, rusty fittings to give your exterior a new and homely look.
You don’t expect to sell your home with broken windows, roofs, cracked pave-ways and broken steps. This is not only true for the exterior but for the interior of the home as well. A property that has not undergone repair and maintenance will sell at a lower than expected value in the market. Buyers will also have a bargaining advantage. So make sure you fix the whole place up!
The front of the home is often the first thing people look at in Real Estate listings. Potential buyers will go for a home that is not only attractive to the eye but also one that makes them feel at home.
The tips mentioned above will help you increase your curb appeal and keep prospective buyers at your doorstep.
If you are in the Waterloo region and are looking to sell your property fast, contact us today and we’ll show you how.