22 Mar 2017
Even though we always remind ourselves to not judge a book by its cover, the cover of a book still matters… a lot! This applies to selling & buying a house as well.
A sweet home starts from the outside… so before you continue selling your house, go through your photo album and select the best pictures of your house and your yard.
Remember, well-lighted areas make your house look more attractive!
Take advantage of the natural lights available by cleaning windows, opening shades and curtains, etc. Add lamps and lighting where necessary!
CONSIDER THE EXTERIOR
Check your home for any maintenance just as a buyer would. Repaint or touch up if necessary. Don’t turn them off before they have even stepped a foot in your home!
- Colour has the power to attract. A tub of Geraniums or a basket of Impatiens on the front steps is a welcoming touch.
- If you are selling your house during winter, consider using a spray of dried flowers on the front door.
- If you have a porch or deck, set the stage with pots of flowers and attractively arranged furniture.
- Check to see that all doors and windows are in good working order. Pay particular attention to your home’s doors and front entrance. Clean and paint doors if necessary. Remember, first impressions are likely to influence the rest of the house tour.
- Wash all windows and replace any broken or cracked window frames.
- Screens should be free of any tears or holes.
- Check all locks to ensure they are functioning properly.
- Check for loose or missing tiles.
- Invest in a new doormat that says “Welcome”.
- Maintain your yard: mow, rake and edge it.
- Prune and shape all trees and shrubs.
- Consider adding seasonal flowers along the walks or in the planting areas. Place the plans into a well-placed wheelbarrow, an old-fashioned washtub, or what you have.
- Consider Petunias, Impatiens, and Verena as they are easy to maintain. Try planting a row of sweet smelling Alyssum to line a short sidewalk or pop in some perky dwarf marigolds to form a cheerful oasis of colour in your yard.
- It is important to devote at least one area of your yard to outdoor living.
- Buyers will recognise a scene set with picnic table and chairs and respond positively to it. Cover your table with a tablecloth, set out some plates and glasses, bring out the BBQ equipment and buyers will almost smell the steaks cooking!
- The driveway is no place for your kid’s toys.
- The surface of your driveway should be beyond reproach; after all, it’s one of the first things a buyer will see when they drive up. Sweep and wash the driveway and walks to remove debris, dirt, and stains. Repair and patch the cracks, edge the sides and pull up any weeds.
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Licensed Real Estate Agent – Sales and Property Management