Duncan BC Real Estate – Curb Appeal

Outside Staging Tips

“Curb appeal sells 49% of all houses” – National Association of Realtors

The exterior of your property should be so alluring that a buyer will feel compelled to see the inside. The goal of creating curb appeal is to instill a sense of confidence in the property.  If the property looks like it needs improvement then that perception alone will introduce the idea of risk into the transaction. However, if the property is well-cared for and has tasteful decor then the perception of risk is lessened. Simply, a nice looking house is worth more.

Be objective when looking at your house and yard, as if you were a buyer, and determine curb appeal from that perspective. You may notice things you’ve spent years overlooking. By spending a little time fixing up your house, you could potentially add thousands to the selling price.

Begin by decluttering the yard of stored items, toys, unused materials, and forgotten projects. Make sure pathways are clear and safe for strangers to walk on. Power wash then repair cracks in concrete; apply sealant to asphalt to make it look new. Replace burned out light bulbs in exterior fixtures.

A well-groomed yard is a home’s best selling feature. Mulched garden beds, a manicured lawn, and crisp edging will enhance the curb appeal of your property. A freshly painted front door with a colour that stands out is a cheerful addition.