Spring is a busy time in real estate. As winter comes to a close, many more sellers put their homes on the market and the nicer weather encourages more prospective buyers to start browsing.
Spring also means more competition for sellers. The good news is, you can attract buyers’ attention before they’ve even stepped into your home. How? By spending a bit of time improving your home’s curb appeal.
Add some colour to the entrance
People love seeing flowers coming up in the spring. If you’re not much of a gardener, you could display a couple of pots or hanging baskets near the entrance that will be easy to maintain while your home is on the market.
Put a bit of time into keeping the grass healthy while your home is on the market. Your curb appeal will not be helped by overgrown or dead, patchy grass. Buyers might start wondering whether the home is well cared for before they’ve even stepped inside.
Check the exterior details
Take a good look at the outside of your house, from the steps to the siding to the windows and the roof. Clean the windows and siding, and decide on a budget you can work with for any repairs to the roof and exterior before you list your home.
Throw out the old
Over the years, things may have collected in your front yard that you don’t even notice anymore, like old plant pots or broken children’s toys. Walk around your front yard with a critical eye and remove anything that isn’t adding to the curb appeal.
Light the way
Serious buyers will often drive by your home at night. They want to get a feel for the neighbourhood, and are trying to picture themselves at home there. Think about ways you could boost your night time curb appeal, for instance with easy-to-install solar lights.
Check your numbers
Are your house numbers shiny and bright or lopsided and tough to read? Buyers will be looking for these numbers when they try to find your home, so take a look and see if this is a quick fix you can do before you list your property.