The sun is shining and suddenly signs of summer are popping up. Green grass, flowers, clean sand free roads, and… wait for it… Dandelions. If I’m like many of you, these signs of summer signal a need to get outside for my annual spring clean up. Whether you are considering listing your home or just making it long weekend ready, here are a few suggestions around greater curb appeal. Why wait to feel fantastic about your castle.
Give your home a good wash including siding, decks, and any walkways and sidewalks. Power wash is best but a simple sweep will do just fine, especially in our area where we have plenty of sand and fields.
Clean the windows and gutters including downspouts.
Check, and get rid of any mold or mildew from our damp seasons.
Time to prune those trees and bushes so they don’t block light from windows and obstruct paths.
Give the lawn a mow (set lawnmower height accordingly), dethatch, and rid your lawn of leaves and debris.
Paint or refresh your front door… if you're like me, ask your spouse or a professional before you commit to a colour. Colour makes a huge impact on your home.
Look around your home to see if there are any minimal improvement ideas… Flowers, a new mailbox, hardware, lights, and house numbers… Even during Covid Lockdown, a Welcome sign might be nice.
It's not just the front yard… buyers will look in the backyard, so will friends. Besides, it is your personal sanctuary and it should look great as well.
Many showings take place in the evening, consider outdoor lighting to make your nighttime yard look fantastic. We now have access to low cost and low voltage lighting… put some lights along pathways, driveway, and landscaping. Take care to ensure your front door and street number are clearly visible from the street.
Finally, if the inside of the home is visible at night, consider choosing interior lighting that enhances what is seen from the outside.
These are a few tips which we know improves the curb appeal of your home. In Real Estate the old adage is true, you never get a second chance to make a great first impression.