Judging a Home By Its Cover
Whether driving around town or browsing on the MLS®, the first thing a home buyer notices is the front of a house. A house with great curb appeal will not only look presentable, but also attract those home buyers. Here are a few tips from Seller Direct to help you enhance the curb appeal of your house.
Your first priority when it comes to improving your curb appeal is checking on the doors and windows. A recent post from Craft Foxes explains the emphasis:
Doors and Windows
The right doors and winds can be an excellent investment for security and better insulation. Double glazed or even triple glazed windows are recommended. Replace any panes or frames that are looking tired. A coat of paint can help with minor weathering. Replacing windows with cracking or splitting frames is usually best. For the door, a coat of paint can do a lot to improve a buyer’s impression of a home and let visitors know a house is well-maintained. Via craftfoxes.com
A welcoming door can make for an excellent first impression to home buyers. Better, more insulated windows also make a big difference in our Albertan climate.
Next in our list is landscaping. Mowed lawns and clean driveways are obvious priorities for sellers, as it increases value. However, you should be careful not to go overboard:
Keeping Your Landscaping in Good Shape
Well-tended landscaping will make your home look more vibrant and welcoming. The important thing to remember when designing your landscaping is that it should not overwhelm the rest of your property.
Well-planned landscaping is important for many reasons, but focusing too much on it will take the focus off the main attraction and risk hurting the home sale.
Lastly is the importance of lighting. Inside and out, choosing the right lighting can effect a huge change in the home’s look:
Install flattering outdoor lighting
Lighting is not only useful on a dark night when you’re fumbling for your keys but it can also be an attractive addition to your home.
Debi Meyer, President of Design with Distinction, says, ‘Install interesting outdoor lighting – low voltage accent lighting to light up trees – accent lighting to illuminate & define a walking path – the finish on outdoor lighting should blend with coach lighting on garage as well as the front door hardware.
Don’t forget a fabulous light fixture either on the wall near the front door or hanging from the ceiling. Big is better than skimpy!’ read more at tigersheds.com
Looking great at night also helps to attract evening home hunters, who want to see both aspects of the house.