Photo credits: Camden Roofing
First impressions are everything – at least when it comes to selling your home. The home’s exterior – including the front entry, yard, driveway and sidewalk — should serve as a snapshot of what’s to come when potential buyers enter your home!
Curb Appeal Starts Online
Homebuyers begin their search on the Web, therefore beautiful photos are critical to getting homebuyers to the front door. Overcast days are often the best time for a photo shoot. You do not want too much sunlight or else your photos will appear glowy. If your home has exceptional lighting, night time pictures can look amazing and very luxurious. Also, make sure the your outdoor space is uncluttered when taking photos. Get rid of extras – bikes on the front porch, platters stacked on top of the fridge.
Act as if You are a Buyer
Walk around your entire home’s exterior with a notepad and pen and take notes on what looks “off” and what needs repairing, replacing or cleaning. Perhaps get in your car and drive by slowly from both directions during the day and night. You might see something you’ve never noticed before, like a Frisbee on the roof or a missing piece of siding.
Look Up to the Sky
Most homeowners do not give their roofs a second glance, but the roof is an important curb appeal item that buyers do notice. Is yours missing any shingles? What’s the conditions of the gutters? A good cleaning or, if necessary, a roof replacement will up your home’s curb appeal factor significantly.
Colour and Lighting
Spruce up your porch, window boxes and front beds with some colorful flowers for an instant lift. Never plant artificial flowers, instead opt for seasonal greenery, shrubs and flowers. Also consider adding solar light fixtures to your pathway. They are an affordable solution and you can place them anywhere in your landscape to highlight your home’s best attributes.
Consider opening the shutters, curtains and blinds. Homes that are brighter inside sell faster, and open curtains look prettier from the street view. A suggestion is to go outside and look at your window treatments from the street, and try to keep a uniform look throughout.