THE BIG PICTURE - Curb & Exterior Appeal

By: Analena Mandlsohn

THE BIG PICTURE - Curb & Exterior Appeal

Tags: Curb Appeal, Preparing to Sell, Homes in Toronto, Homes in York Region

Often, when it comes to decorating the interior of your home, you have no trouble spending hundreds or even thousands of dollars. However, many homeowners often neglect the exterior. Remember that long before any potential buyer has entered your home, it has been on show 24/7 for any passers-by to see. An enviable garden with tons of curb appeal may make the difference between a buyer booking a showing or not. Curb appeal is the beginning of getting people to look at the inside.
 
Without having to spend a small fortune, you can ensure that potential buyers are totally wowed as they step from their vehicles. Here are a few suggestions on creating awesome curb appeal and achieving that much sought-after WOW factor:
 
General Hardware 
Make sure your front door handle and lock is clean and in good functioning order.  If they’re old and faulty, invest in a new set. Choose a color that contrasts with your front door’s paint color.
 
If you have an exterior light sconce or fixture, make sure that it’s clean and not covered in debris or cobwebs. If it’s old and rusted replace it. If you need additional lighting, consider investing in some solar lanterns to light up the flowerbeds and walkways.
 
If your mailbox is old and dated, you should replace it with a more stylish one. 
 
Lastly, make sure your house numbers are clearly visible and clean. Again, if they’re old, faded or rust-covered, replace them with a more modern set in a font that complements the architecture of your home.
 
Doors
If replacing your front door and garage doors is outside your budget, painting or staining them is a relatively easy and cost-efficient DIY job. Your front door is the focus of your home, not the garage doors – the garage doors should complement your front door not compete with it. Your garage doors don’t have to be the same colour as your front door. When choosing your colours, take into consideration the other features of your home like the style and your brick colour for example. Don’t be afraid to use bold, stylish colours that do not clash with your home’s other exterior colours. 
 
Lawn 
If hiring a garden maintenance team falls outside your budget, then ensure that certain minimum lawn care steps are taken. Prior to your first showing and on a need-to basis thereafter, ensure that the lawn is mowed. The lawn should also be free of dandelions and weeds, and all borders should be neatly trimmed. If it falls within your budget, consider paying for a one-off spring clean that will lay the foundation for you. This could save you some time, and thereafter it may be substantially easier for you to maintain.
 
Flowerbeds
Flowerbeds are an important feature as they brighten up the yard on the whole by adding colour and create a pleasant environment. This goes a long way toward enhancing curb appeal. To spruce up your garden, ensure that you clean up any debris and weed the flowerbeds, remove dead plants and put down fresh dark mulch. If, your property does not have space for flowerbeds, potted plants work well and they can be strategically staged.

Chances are your home already has lots of potential elements that can be beautifully accentuated and with a few finishing touches can go a long way to enhancing your home’s curb appeal. If you're living in the GTA and would like a free copy of my book Getting to Sold - Insider Secrets to Selling Your House Fast and For Top Dollar loaded with lots of ideas on preparing your home for sale, I'd be happy to send you a copy. Call me today!