Published on July 13th, 2015 | by Monica Gibson0
Your Home’s Image… Creating a Great First Impression
First impressions are everything especially when selling your home. If Buyers will not get out of the Realtor’s car because they do not like the look of the exterior of the home, then you can never show off the interior. According to a recent online survey 78% say curb appeal is “extremely” or “very” important. Buyers who like what they see on line will often drive by a home. Thus, your home’s exterior, front entry, yard, driveway, etc. should serve as a snapshot of what is inside and entice people to view further. What impression are you portraying
Dirty windows and gutters, cracked driveways, missing shingles and poor lighting can downgrade your homes appeal. An exterior facelift can transform the dreary look of a home and add instant energy and money to your bottom line when you are selling. Mow the lawn, get rid of weeds, edge sidewalks and trim bushes so that you can see out the windows, and pressure wash decks and siding. Stow out of site recycle bins, trash cans and gardening tools. Be sure that your house number is clearly visible and replace exterior bulbs. Buyers do drive by in the evening so ensure that your home shows well when the sun goes down with solar lights that illuminate or spot light some of your home’s best features.
Colourful container gardens can quickly and affordably add a welcoming feel and colourful curb appeal to your home. Window boxes are added charm; consider copper or iron for a traditional feel or painted wood for a cottage look and feel. Prune old plants and add new mulch in the garden for an instant lift and to restore color from the harsh winter. Add personality with artistic pieces in the garden, contrasting container sizes, or a great lounge chair. The focal point of a home is the front door, make a statement with an attractive new door with lead glass inserts. If you cannot justify the cost of a new door, consider a fresh coat of paint or stain and replacing the doorknob with some new attractive hardware. Your entry should reflect the home’s interior so choose a swag or wreath that reflects your personal style and a welcome mat that truly says come in….you’re welcome here.
Don’t forget the sides and back of the house, people driving by will strain to see the back, often driving around the block to gain a 360 perspective. Patio furniture arranged in a sitting area or a fire pit is a great feature to incorporate and provides a perfect spot for the Buyer to envision entertaining family and friends.
The exterior of your home is the home’s calling card. Buyers will drive by very slowly and may even park outside your home and assess whether they wish to see inside the property. Create a great first impression that reflects the true value of your home. It does not matter if your home has a small yard or if you have acres of property, it pays to get it and keep it in shape.
Century 21 Millennium, Collingwood