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6 Curb Appeal Mistakes to Make Sure You Skip

Curb Appeal  Landscaping  Real Estate 101

When it comes to selling your home, first impressions are everything! Taking a little extra time to make sure your home has curb appeal is an essential step in the selling process. However, there are also a few things that you should avoid doing when it comes to sprucing up the front of your home. We’ve put together a list of 6 curb appeal mistakes to make sure you skip if you want to draw potential buyers to your home.

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1. Not Doing Anything

When it comes to selling your home, what you do to spruce up the outside is just as important as what you do on the inside. Everyone knows the difference a well staged interior can have when selling your home, but curb appeal can be just as, if not more important, to prospective buyers. Having a good first impression is essential when selling your home, it shows buyers that you taken good care of your home and it has been well maintained. Adding something as simple as new flowers or bushes, painting the porch or updating the hardware near the front door will have a big impact for a small price.

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2. Neglect

Peeling paint, dead plants and broken stairs can be a deal breaker when it comes to selling your home. Although it may not be in your budget to paint your entire home, touching up the front and painting the trim will make a big difference. If there is anything that needs repairing, like rotting shutters, burnt out lightbulbs or shrivelled up plants make sure replacing or fixing them is on the top of your priority list.

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3. “Interesting” Landscaping

Although multiple statues adorned with winding ivy may be your idea of good landscaping, it isn’t for everyone. When it comes to landscaping in your front yard, simplicity will go a long way. Having a lush, well kept lawn, colourful blooms and well maintained trees are much more likely to sell your home than anything else. Remember to keep things clean and neutral to attract a larger variety of buyers.

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4. Poor Colour Choices

There is probably a much smaller percentage of people out there that are looking for a bright purple house versus a neutral coloured home. Painting your home before putting it up for sale is absolutely a great investment, but you need to make sure you are choosing the correct paint colours. Look around the neighbourhood to see what’s popular. If you want to make your house stand out with colour, make it subtle like a bright front door or colourful landscaping, not the entire house.

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5. Personal Knick-Knacks

Now given this photo is of a back yard, but it does a great job of illustrating our point. Having your yard full of decorations, garden gnomes or children’s toys (or junk!) will make the whole space seem cluttered. While a couple strategically placed accents may add “homey” feel, an abundance of them adds anything but. While selling your home, keep all your personal items stored away so the buyer can get a better picture of themselves living there and making it their own.

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6. Full Driveway

While this may not be something you think of right away when thinking of curb appeal, it can be very important in the way buyers see your home. Having a driveway cluttered with cars or bikes makes it seem like there isn’t enough room in the home for all your belongings and therefore you’ve had to take over the garage. Although this may not be the case, curb appeal is all about perception when it comes to attracting potential buyers.

So whether its something as small as adding some brightly coloured flowers to your garden or something as big as painting the exterior of your house, it’s always going to be a wise choice to make an investment in the curb appeal of your home. The more potential buyers you can attract with the outside means the better chance they will move onto the inside, and a better chance that you will sell your home!

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