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How to Maximize Your Home’s Curb Appeal

There’s no denying that curb appeal is a huge part of the home selling process. After all, your house’s first impression is an important one. Here are some things you can do now to help boost your home’s curb appeal.

Make Over Your Yard

If your lawn is overgrown and your garden has more weeds than flowers, it’s time to get to work! Mow your lawn and keep it mowed while the house is on the market. And take the time to pull the weeds, trim overgrown bushes and tree branches, and remove any dead bushes and flowers from the yard.

If your yard needs a lot of work, it’s usually worth hiring someone who can use their specialized equipment and knowledge to get your yard cleaned up.

If possible, plant some new flowers, bushes, and trees in your yard. Greenery and fresh bursts of colour are appealing to the eye and will help your yard stand out.

Wash Your House

Giving your house a good power wash takes away all the grime and freshens it up. You probably don’t even realize how much buildup you have on your house until you see it freshly washed. Just make sure your siding can withstand the pressure and follow directions on the washer to get the job done right.


Driveway pressure washing by Sunrise Window Cleaning.

Fix What Needs Fixing

Often, we get used to seeing our house as it is and don’t notice the little eyesores that may exist. Take a good look at your home through fresh eyes and make note of what’s not quite up to snuff.

You’ll likely need to re-hang shutters, clean your gutters, and touch up a bit of paint.

Lighten Things Up

Prospective buyers will likely be turned off by homes that look dark. Not only does it make a home seem a little depressing, but people may feel it’s a safety issue as well. And if you’re selling your home during the fall or wintertime, this may be even more noticeable as the days are shorter and darker.

Make sure you have adequate lighting along the path to your home, on your driveway, and at your front porch. You may need to cut back bushes and tree branches that are blocking light and may pose a possible security risk.

home-buying-sellingPump Up Your Front Door

Chances are your front door looks a little dated. The paint may be chipped, and it might just look a little blah. Now is your chance to make it POP!

Paint it a bold colour! Red, or other fun bold colours, can really make a front door pop and will draw attention to your house. Just make sure that the colour you choose doesn’t clash with the rest of the colours on the house.

And don’t be afraid to place some décor on your door too! Hang a festive, seasonal wreath or some other classy decoration to add a welcoming touch.

Finally, fix up the look of your door by changing out the hardware. New door handles don’t have to cost a lot and can add a fabulous classy touch to your door. Go ahead and add a cool new door knocker too.

Modernize Your House Numbers

It’s important to have clear house numbers on your home so people can find you—especially in an emergency. You likely still have the ones that came with the house. They do the job, but they may look a little faded and boring.

You can find all different sizes and fonts for house numbers at your local hardware store. And it’s an easy job to swap them out.

oakville-address-numberCreate Symmetry

The eye is naturally drawn to symmetrical patterns. So, do your best to create symmetry around your home. If you have one chair outside your front door, place a matching one on the other side too. And if you have a hanging basket on one side of your garage, add one on the other side to balance the look.

Manage Your Mailbox

If you’re using the same rusty metal mailbox that came with your home, you should invest in a new one!

Upgrading your mailbox is a simple way to boost your outdoor décor. Most home improvement stores will have options to suit your house’s style.

Selling your home can be a stressful time. Make it easier by having a top-notch real estate agent on your side. The experts at Alex Irish & Associates are here to help you with all your real estate needs in Oakville, Burlington, Hamilton, and Mississauga. No matter if you’re looking for townhouses for sale in Oakville, or condos for sale in Mississauga, we’re here to help!

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