Are you planning on selling your home in Surrey or, more specifically, the Clayton real estate market in the near future? One of the best ways to capture the attention of potential buyers is by improving the exterior features of the home. In other words, adding extra curb value.
Although we're taught as kids to never judge a book by its cover, that's exactly what buyers do when it comes to shopping for houses. If your home doesn't have the appeal that people are looking for, they may skip past it without a second look. Here are 5 easy and affordable ways to add instant curb value to your Clayton home:
1. Tidy Up the Flower Beds
Nothing is more unappealing than a weed-filled, overgrown flowerbed in the front of your home. For potential buyers, it will only serve to remind them of the extensive yard work they'll need to do or hire a professional to complete.
Instead, take some time to pull the weeds, cover the beds with some mulch. Red mulch or other coloured varieties are often eye-catching and create a polished, clean look that adds instant curb appeal.
2. Clean the Gutters
This is something that should be part of your annual home improvement checklist regardless. However, during busy times, it's easy to forget about cleaning the gutters. Although your potential buyers probably won’t be inspecting your gutters, they certainly will notice if they are overflowing and in a state of disrepair. Overflowing gutters often cause dead leaves, debris, and water to spill over the sides, creating a huge mess of the house that will detract from your home's appeal.
You should be getting your gutters cleaned on a regular basis, but make sure you pay extra attention to them if you are selling your home since it could mean the difference between striking a deal or driving potential buyers away.
3. Fix the Driveway
Whether you have a crushed stone driveway or a paved lane, make sure it's in tip-top condition to improve your curb value. This could mean laying new stone and re-grading the surface or getting asphalt cracks sealed. These are usually minor construction projects that are affordable and could make a world of difference to a buyer.
4. Paint the Door
In many cases, simply adding a fresh coat of paint to your front door is enough to make buyers stop and give your home a second look. Choosing a bright and cheerful colour like primary red, blue, or yellow are all classic choices that look great with most home styles. Painting the door is inexpensive, easy, and makes a big impact, which is exactly what you're looking for when adding curb value.
5. Remove Clutter and Clean Up the Yard
Although you may feel sentimental value about your unique collection of garden gnomes, a potential buyer may not feel the same way. Your yard is the first thing a buyer is going to see and if it's cluttered with debris, they may not be able to see past the clutter and notice the true potential of your home.
Keep the yard tidy and free of any outlandish décor or outdoor furniture. If you're selling during the Holidays, avoid putting out too many decorations and keep it minimal and classy. Otherwise, make sure the lawn is always trimmed and there are no dead trees or shrubs. Adding a picket fence could also be a value-adding move if your home does not currently have a fence.
Adding curb value to your home can be easy and inexpensive if you do it right. For more tips and tricks to add instant appeal to the exterior of your property, talk to Robbie Johal in Clayton at 604-825-3079 or email him.