By: Ralph Ciancio

Tips to Boosting Curb Appeal

Tags: Curb Appeal, Real Estate, First Impressions of a Home, Home Exterior, Markham Real Estate, Stouffville Real Estate, Real Estate Tips

Before you can judge a home based on the interior – where you’ll be living - you’ll first have to judge the exterior and its “curb appeal”. Let’s face it, before you even have interest in going through every room photo of the house, you’ll want to ensure the front of the house appeals to you first, right? Maybe you can’t really change the physical aspects and structure of a house, but you can definitely change the curb appeal and the impression it gives. Here are some tips to setting a good first impression based on your curb appeal.

1. WindowsClean Windows

Clean windows make a huge impression. When windows are dirty with dust, stickers and bird poop, it will make the rest of the house look dull. Make sure you clean both the inside and outside with a cleaning agent like Windex.

2. Paths/Walkways

Any house with a cluttered walkway to the front entrance will look and feel unwelcoming. Make sure to sweep all the leaves and leftover particles so that it’s clean and clear. You can always add a welcome mat to make it extra cozy.

3. LawnLawn

Especially for those with a nice big lawn, it’s important to make sure there’s no big weeds sticking out or dirt splattered all over. Mow the lawn and plant some flowers to make it feel nice and fresh.

4. Driveway

When you leave cars parked on the driveway, it looks a little cluttered. Potential buyers will also not be able to picture their cars parked there if yours are. If it’s possible, move your car to the sidewalk or your neighbour’s for a moment.

5. MailboxReplace Old Mailbox

Many mailboxes are old and rusty nowadays, if that’s the case you may want to consider repainting or replacing it.

6. Lights

Any outdoor lights give the curb a much warmer feel, especially at night. It feels much safer to walk into a well-lit house compared to one that’s completely dark.

7. Garbage 

Hide your garbage and recycle bins! You don’t want to risk encountering any raccoons, or having the bins knocked over by wind. It will look like a mess with garbage everywhere on your lawn.

8. Overall Look and FeelPower Wash

Once you’re done all the above to the best of your ability, it would be an added touch to give the driveway and walkways a quick power wash – if you have one. If not, you might want to consider buying one to keep your curb clean throughout the year.
Selling a house is not an easy task, there is lots to prep before a home is in selling condition. These improvements will help in determining what first impression a potential buyer gets when they first see or step onto your lawn. Contact us at 647.247.6000 or schedule a free chat with an agent for more info on how to prepare your curb for an amazing first impression!