Not unlike speed dating and job interviews, first impressions are essential in the process of Okanagan Valley house hunting & selling. As a buyer, landscaping and a property’s exterior can trigger a gut decision. As a home-owner, you only have a few minutes to impress potential buyers, making curb appeal extremely important in today’s competitive housing market.
Lucky for you, as long as your home is well-maintained, it’s not necessary to spend a lot of cash in order to make a big impact on your curb appeal. First of all, think standard maintenance. A routine power washing can bring a formerly-dingy home to life. In addition, well-trimmed grass, manicured local plantings, and fresh mulch are an easy fix that go a long way.
Secondly, consider a hardware “redo”. While you might be attached to that comfortable brass door handle, potential buyers may find it dated. Try switching it out for a style-compatible option, such as brushed nickel for a contemporary home or iron for a more traditional or craftsman property. Just make sure that all fixtures match, from the house numbers to the light fixtures!
Lastly, if you have the space available, consider a small seating area in the front exterior of your home. Up-to-date outdoor seating, along with attractive textiles can make a potential buyer feel at home, and that is the ultimate goal! At the end of the day, think of your property as a picture frame, with your home being the subject. Maintained landscaping, attractive paint colours, and charming trappings all serve to complement the house and lead potential buyers right up to your (freshly painted) front door.