Curb appeal. When aiming to sell your home, it’s one term you will hear mentioned often. Once you got started with the exterior of your home, did you find creating that perfect curb appeal to be more difficult than you thought? There’s no better time than right now to start building your home’s exterior image but…. where do you start? We have a few tips for you.
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There are many great ways to make sure the landscaping and exterior of your home looks great before you sell your home in Kitchener or Waterloo. We hope you will find these tips to prove helpful.
Add Landscape Lighting. Make sure your home looks just as fabulous at night as it does during the day with a variety of landscape lighting options. Highlight the best features of your yard with solar lighting so that no matter what time of day people are looking at your property, it’s certain to shine.
Container Garden Gorgeous. If you’re not sure you have enough room for a real garden, consider a container garden in a convenient location in your yard. For a container garden all you have to do is obtain an assortment of gorgeous pots and flowers, and just start planting. Don’t forget to water all of your pots, as container plants tend to need a bit more water than those in the ground.
Weather-Resistant Artwork Additions. From colourful birdbaths to sculptures in and around your garden areas, artwork is just as important outside as it is inside. Don’t hesitate to dress things up a bit with pieces you find appealing to the eye. When considering artwork for the outside of your home, you may want to opt for staying on the safer side of art with options that might please any potential buyer.
Looking Beyond the Landscaping
Landscaping can certainly help to increase your curb appeal, yet there’s so much more you can do. Keep in mind that creativity, within some boundaries, is a great way to help make the exterior of your home actually sell. If you have an idea that you think might work, don’t hesitate to discuss it with your realtor for an experienced opinion.
- Dress It Up. Homes with traditional concrete foundations are fine, but what if you could do something slightly more interesting? Faux stone panels are the perfect cover for that drab space, and they make your home look just a bit more exciting when a potential buyer pulls up. You can see some examples of faux stone panels here.
- Paint Matters. This is easily one of the most important things you can do to your home to get it ready to sell. If it’s time to paint, do it now. You’ll want to go with a fairly neutral color (hot pink tends to turn buyers off haha), as well as a colour that complements other homes in your neighborhood. Don’t hesitate to paint almost everything that can be painted, including items that stand out – like your electrical meter for example.
- Decorate the Door. The front door is the one place that naturally catches a buyer’s eye initially, so there’s no reason not to give it some special attention. Go for a slightly brighter paint color, some cute molding and trim, and gorgeous fixtures to get the look you really want. Hanging a wreath on your front door or other ornamental designs is also eye-catching! You can find front door decorating ideas on Pinterest.
- Don’t Forget the Mailbox. If you still have one, your mailbox can actually be a point of some interest. You can add some of the faux stone panels we’ve already talked about to a pole and build a cute garden around it. Even better, purchase a great looking mailbox that no one else on your block has even considered (here are a few nice ones!).
- Add a Touch of Nature. Window boxes cross the line from landscaping to house-scaping, but they’re a great transition from a beautiful yard to a beautiful home. Keep in mind that you will likely want window boxes made from a material that matches your home well. You can go with iron or copper if you want a traditional look and wood if you want that cottage feel. Either way, fill the window box with gorgeous annuals that will bloom well into the summer.
- Consider Shutters. This doesn’t work well for every home, but it certainly can make some look nothing short of spectacular! If it’s a step you’ve thought about, consult your realtor to decide whether it might truly be worth the investment. He or she may have other less expensive ideas for you.
- Create a Path. This may seem like a no-brainer but we’ve seen homes that have a terrible pathway to the front door or a pathway that is clearly overgrown. This problem can be fixed by simply cleaning things up, adding inexpensive stone tiles, and maybe even a few solar lights (these are almost always on sale somewhere in Kitchener-Waterloo). The easier it is to get to the front door, the more likely people are to be intrigued by the home.
A great looking home outside is going to draw people in, and will give you a chance to show off your home’s phenomenal interior. Before undertaking an outdoor project that may require a significant investment, make certain you talk to us first.