Forgetting about the front of your house can be easy after years of pulling in through a side driveway or other entrance. The very first thing potential buyers see when they drive up to your home is the front.
Never neglect the front entrance or the overall visual perception of your house from the road. A negative impression can stain an otherwise acceptable home in the mind of a buyer. Here are some tips to avoid this mistake that will help your Kitsilano real estate property get the attention it deserves:
Get a New Door
A steel door has been shown to boost the value of a home by adding security and longevity. If you don't feel the urge to go out and purchase a new door, consider giving your existing one a fresh coat of paint in an eye-catching color that matches the scheme of your house.
Replace Aging Hardware
A dull knocker or door handle can sour an impression of a house, whereas a brand new set of bronze-toned hardware or a similarly classic color can provide a stunning accent that compliments the front of a house. New hardware can also include door accessories, a new address label, or a complimentary porch lantern.
Lighten Up the Mood
A dark home feels like an unhappy home. Make sure that your front porch lights work and that they provide soft, inviting light that can be seen from the road. Also consider using light-colored curtains or lamps near windows to brighten the appearance of your home.
Free From Tree Debris
Keeping the driveway and front lawn clear of dead leaves and pine needles can seem like a full-time job, but making sure your exterior looks pristine when a buyer arrives can make a huge difference on your home's impact. Access to a leaf blower can really help with this task.
Spruce Up the Yard
Consider buying some new potted greenery to freshen up the appearance of your front porch or walkway. The plants probably won't stay with the house when it gets sold, but buyers will nevertheless appreciate the touch of color that they offer.
Similarly, fresh mulch, bark, or pine straw in planting beds can make a lawn look curated and well-tended with an hour or two of work. Trim back trees or shrubs to make the work seem easy to potential buyers since it has been done for them already. The results will be worth your effort.
Even before a buyer fully arrives at your house, they can still see your mailbox from the road. If you have a broken mailbox, consider replacing it. If all it needs is a fresh coat of paint, then freshen it up in an appealing color. You could also plant new shrubs or flowers to add charm before they pull up to the front yard.
From Curb to Keys
It can take a lot more than these simple fixes to help sell your Kitsilano real estate, though. For more tips and professional advice on how to attract the right sort of buyers, contact us so that we can help you put your home in good hands.