It is always just a bit more than how your home looks as potential buyers approach it. They take in the whole vision from the outside, the landscaping, home colour and driveway condition. Now we are in Spring take a look at these 6 projects that can jazz up your home!!.
1) The Front Door:
Big tip- if you are preparing to sell your home, powerwash the front door/entrance. There is nothing that puts a buyer off than looking at a front door, still covered in winter dust and grime.
Make the landscaping as clean and tidy as possible, even though it is only spring! Start by mowing the lawn, and watering and feeding it. After our Calgary winter, clean up the flower beds as soon and as best as you can. Further into spring, do some pruning of your shrubs, and maybe planting nice bright flowers.
Make sure that you check your home outside for peeling paint and paint dinks. If you have siding it can warp, but most times it is an easy fix. At the first sign of the mild weather, grab some sandpaper and put in some sweat equity by smoothing over peeling paint filling the odd crack. Once you have it prepared, apply primer and paint – job done.
4) Roofs & Gutters:
This area is a bit more complex and you may know a tradesman who can tackle it for you. Make sure your gutters don’t sag, they are easy to overlook or even ignore entirely. But it is worth that little bit extra, the buyer will see it is maintained.
Water will always take the path of least resistance, especially as the snow has melted after sitting on your roof for the whole winter. Gravity forces water to exploit the imperfections, especially water that has been sitting, which can lead it to invade your living quarters.
Your fence does more than just protect your lawn from the neighbor's dog. It impacts your home's curb appeal as much as your landscaping or exterior color scheme. Unless you plan to replace or remove your entire fence, doing some simple stuff, like adding a fresh coat of paint or wash it with a pressure washer. It can yield significant results in a relatively short period of time.
Last thing - take a moment and look at your home from the curb. Actually go outside and try to see it from the critical eye of a potential buyer. This should open your eyes to at least some of the obvious places to start your spring improvements. A little time, effort and a small amount of money can save you lots of stress and lead to a faster sale.
Remember: Never get into the mentality when trying to attract a potential buyer of leaving a job and thinking “they can do that” – a $300 project is seen in the eyes of a buyer as a $1,000 project!