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  • Writer's pictureJen Bedard

5 Easy Ways to Increase Your Home's Curb Appeal

Updated: Dec 6, 2019

Whether you’re buying or selling a home, curb appeal is an important factor. The first thing homebuyers see is the exterior of your home – and it can make a huge difference in whether or not they take time to view the inside. You don’t have to break the bank to create eye-catching curb appeal. Try these five tips that make your home the gem of the neighborhood.

  1. Paint Your Front Door A bucket of glossy paint can go a long way toward giving your home a facelift. Paint the front door and trim and you’ll create an instant feeling of polish and panache.

  2. Hang New House Numbers Make your house easy to identify with shiny, new house numbers. Match the house numbers with your home’s exterior finishing or add a pop of gleaming gold or sparkling silver for a striking change of pace.

  1. Manicure Your Landscaping Mow and edge the grass, plant a colourful border along your walkway, trim bushes and trees. These simple steps will make your lawn and home look well-cared-for and attractive.

  2. Look with A Critical Eye Place yourself in the buyer’s shoes. Ask friends and neighbors to walk around your house with you. When you view your home through a different lens, you’ll be surprised how many little ways you can find to enhance its appeal.

  3. Take A 360° View Curb appeal actually means more than just the curb. Your backyard, sidewalk, porch, stairs, railings, and driveway all figure into the attractiveness of your home. Make time to clean up all these areas.

When it comes to creating curb appeal, you only get one chance to make a first impression. A few small changes and upgrades go a long way toward increasing your home's curb appeal. It can also have a positive – or negative – impact on your asking price. My favourite curb appeal strategy – work with your Realtor. She can help you understand what’s trending in today’s real estate market and what buyers are saying yes to.

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