During the incredible strong real estate market we experienced during the pandemic, we witnessed homes selling well above asking price in less than a heartbeat. But as we now are in a more balanced market, we need to go back to the basics and see what can help us sell a home in today's market condition. As we enter the Spring time in real estate here in Metro Vancouver, let's talk about curb appeal and why it is important.
Curb appeal is incredibly important when selling your home, as it is the first impression potential buyers will have of your property. A well-maintained exterior can make your home stand out from the competition and attract more potential buyers. Here are some reasons why curb appeal is important:
Attract more buyers: A home with strong curb appeal can attract more potential buyers who may be driving around the neighbourhood looking for properties. A well-maintained exterior can catch their eye and encourage them to schedule a viewing.
Potentially increase property value: A home with good curb appeal can increase its perceived value, which can translate into higher offers and a faster sale.
Create a good first impression: The exterior of your home is the first thing buyers will see, and a well-maintained exterior can create a positive first impression. This can set the tone for the rest of the viewing and make buyers more receptive to the features and benefits of your home.
Enhance online listings: Many potential buyers start their search for a new home online, and good curb appeal can enhance the photos and videos of your home on real estate websites. This can lead to more interest and inquiries from potential buyers.
Overall, improving the curb appeal of your home can increase its attractiveness to potential buyers and help you sell your home faster and for a more desirable price.
But having said all that, it won't happen unless we take the time and effort to create that appeal.
Here are some areas for improvement:
Clean up the exterior: Power wash the exterior of your home to remove dirt, grime, and cobwebs. Clean out gutters, wash windows and doors, and touch up any peeling paint.
Add greenery: Plant flowers or add potted plants to your front porch or entrance. Make sure they're well-maintained and watered regularly.
Update your front door: Your front door is the focal point of your home, so consider painting or updating it with new hardware.
Improve lighting: Fix those broken porch lights or lighting that light up your pathways.
Upgrade your mailbox: Replace your old mailbox with a new one that complements the style of your home. Add address numbers that are easy to read and clearly visible from the street.
Tidy up the yard: Mow the lawn, and remove any weeds or dead plants. Add mulch to flower beds for a clean and polished look. Or simply give the trees and brushes a good trimming to allow more natural sunlight to come through.