Friday, November 14, 2014

Turn Heads with Curb Appeal

Utility boxes can be a sore sight. Paint them the same color as the walls. (Photo: listotic.com)

First impressions count. In the realm of selling property, it’s the “curb appeal” that makes this statement. 

“Curb appeal” refers to the visual attractiveness of the property’s exterior. When buyers arrive to look at a house for sale, it’s the first thing they’ll take note of. The exterior should prove to be a welcome sight. With a renovated, refurbished, and landscaped exterior, you can sell your property for more.

Bear these basic tricks in mind to make your house stand out on the street:

Reinstall, repair, refurbish

Replace, repair, or refurbish elements of the exterior that make the house seem rundown and dingy, such as rusty railing, blotchy metal fixtures, broken tiles and shingles, or distressed wood.

Repaint

Apply a fresh coat of paint for a mint-new look, if necessary. Choose a color scheme that would reinvigorate its look. Traditionally, many homes come in white, off-white, and similar, neutral shades that appeal to a wider variety of homebuyers. Paint utility boxes like the electrical box or water meter the same shade as the wall to keep them from sticking out like a sore thumb.

Upgrade the door

The front door is often the central point of focus in any home’s exterior. Replace an old door if needed. Or sand, clean, and repaint as you see fit. Opt to make a statement using a bold color that goes tastefully with the rest of the house. Apply wood tint or varnish to wooden doors, and polish off metal fixtures like the knob, the brass knocker, or the mail slot, if applicable. Oil the hinges. Add molding on top or around the frame for dramatic effect. Replace the house numbers if outdated.

Refurbish the gate

The same can be said of any property that has a gated entrance: like the door, the gate itself should be presentable. Sand it and repaint as needed. Do the same for the perimeter fence or wall, if applicable.

Use flower boxes to accentuate windows. (Photo: listotic.com)

Lighting

Install porch lights, garden lights, fixtures, or lamps. Place lighting in strategic locations that promote safety at night, and in spots that add dramatic flair. Lighting should add centour to the house and flatter the front yard.

Landscaping

Plants should emphasize the architecture and flatter the shape of the home and its yard. Pots and planters allow for some versatility: they can be moved around as desired. Opt for low-maintenance plants to keep costs down. Tend to them as needed to prevent overgrowth. Emphasize windows with flower boxes, flower pots, and hanging plants for added effect and charm. 

Accessorize

Accessorize and accentuate the space with decorations like outdoor sculpture and furniture, a birdbath, or a mailbox for a hint of character.



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