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If you’re considering putting your home up for sale this summer, an easy way to attract buyers is to improve your curb appeal. Not only will your facade look more attractive in your listing photography, but it’ll also entice passerby’s to visit your home during open houses.
Here are 10 Ways to Boost Curb Appeal to give your home’s exterior that wow factor…without spending an arm and a leg on renovations.
1. Paint your front door a unique colour
If your neighbourhood planning laws allow it, giving your front door a pop of colour is an easy way of making your home stand out. Consider reds, deep blues or pastels combined with inviting typography. If painting is out of the question, another way of snazzing up your front door is to add a large metal knocker- an accessory that’s easy to find in the vintage stores in Montreal’s South West.
2. Replace your house numbers
Upgrading your house numbers is a cheap and fun way of giving your facade a makeover. Choose a font that matches the style of your house: a clean sans serif font for modern architecture, wooden typography or painted tiles for chalet-style houses, and aged copper or cursive fonts for Victorian-esque homes.
3. Get some funky furniture
Hanging chairs, rockers, Adirondack chairs or gliders can turn your porch into an inviting lounge and adds perceived living space to the square footage of your home. What’s more, bright or unique furniture draws attention to your home from the street, reeling in potential buyers to your open house showings.
4. Work with Accents
Balance bold and bright accents with lighter tones. If your home is white or grey, try adding a bright red bench, mailbox or door.
5. Play with lighting
There are many ways you can use lighting to improve the facade of your home. Garden lights can add a lovely, dreamy feel to your home. Bold pendant lights on your porch can make a big statement, and solar lights can be used to liven up your front path.
6. Add a fence
Fences are a great way of creating depth in your facade. Plus, it adds a valuable sense of privacy and safety in the eyes of potential buyers, especially those with families or pets. For houses on busy streets, this is a particularly important step to take in improving your curb appeal.
Adding unique accessories to your front lawn and garden works wonders for your home’s curb appeal. Low stone walls, ponds, paths, and concrete planter are all things you can consider using to add details and structure to your yard. Don’t forget to take into consideration the side yard, which can easily be spruced up with a neat path leading to the backyard. Large stepping stones are also great accessories if you have the garden space.
8. Add plants and flowers
Match the plants and flowers you choose for your front porch and garden to the style of your house. For modern homes, go for succulents, cacti and spiky leafed plants in bold coloured pots. For cottage style houses, go for flower beds and creepers on the fence. For Victorian houses: fruit trees, perennials and shrubs (rhododendron, magnolia, etc) are a good match.
9. Echo your architecture with paths
Accentuate the geometry of your home by mirroring it’s angles with the paths and landscaping that surrounds it. For the best effect, use wide angular paths and large colour contrasts – for example light stones against dark shrubs.
10. Create a reading nook
If your porch space is big enough, enclose part of it to create a private nook. It’s a great way to create shade on your patio for hot summer days, and will add a sense of spaciousness to your home.
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