When it comes to selling your home we often think about staging the interior. But what about the exterior? A first impression is everything, especially to prospective buyers. The Financial Post’s Larysa Harapyn met with HGTV host Carson Arthur to get some tips on curb appeal. And why painting your front door and planting those perennials can help to seal deal – and put some extra cash in your pocket.
People start to assess your house based on the very first glance they get of your home. Even if you are not selling today, tomorrow or in 5 years, making the best first impressions will ensure that you get top dollar when the time is right!
Even if we are currently in sellers market, maximize your dollars by improving the front of your home is always important! Why sell your home for less?
Real Estate experts agree that the first impression of your home can either improve or reduce the perceived value of your property by up to 8%. Even if you are confident in selling your house because of demand, why not invest a little extra in the front yard to increase your returns?
The question of the day is how much does landscaping really impact the value of your home? When it comes to the outdoors, spending money on renovations has never been so important or so confusing. So where should you spend your outdoor renovation budget?
The Front Yard — the Seven Per Cent Factor
To make it simple, think about your property like a three course meal. The front yard is the appetizer. It sets the stage for the dinner and hopefully leaves your guests anticipating more. The house is definitely the meat and potatoes of your property. It is the substance of the meal. Finally the backyard, like the dessert course, finishes the space. When you are trying to impress potential buyers, focus on the front yard because people naturally start forming an opinion of your home from the moment they see it. You only get one chance to make a first impression. For years, we were told that first impressions were made at the front door or at the front hallway. This is definitely not the case. Your front yard is the very first thing people see when they come to your home.
There are times as a designer when you look at a space and you just know there are some fundamentals issues that are going to be very expensive to fix. Unfortunately, the home belonging to the Cusak’s is a great building, but is in desperate need of an outdoor overhaul.
This is a very complicated space, not just because of the elevations, but also because of the angles between the garage and the home itself. Just from their pictures, I see several different sets of stairs, multiple types of materials and a lot of fractured areas that don’t connect.
Here are the zones that I would immediately address to try and add some cohesion to the space.
One of my favourite parts of the holidays is the reappearance of red! That deep crimson or scarlet colour that ‘pops’ when the light levels are low and the skies are cloudy.
Often associated with Santa’s coat, this red is the perfect outdoor accent colour for your home to get you through December.
Before you run out and buy a lot of red elements, there are a few design tips that you should follow to make the outside of your home stand out:
Offset your red elements with green
I’m a huge fan of red with green boughs of cedar or balsam. The two play off each other extremely well because they are on opposite sides of the colour spectrum.
We’ve all heard that freshening up the paint can help you sell your home, but now we actually have numbers that back it up!
I am a firm believer in the concept that you only get one chance to make a first impression. When it comes to your home, the first impression is made the moment someone sees it for the very first time. I often ask my clients what they think the front of their home is saying about them.
On average, a good first impression can increase the perceived value of your home by up to eight per cent according to Century 21 Canada. This means that on the average Canadian home valued at $300,000, that initial first glance is potentially worth $24,000.
Paint is a game changer when it comes to first impressions.
When I first saw my new home, painted green and yellow, my initial reaction was that the space was ‘OK.’ The green and yellow combination seemed a bit dated and didn’t do anything to help the house stand out in the space. In fact, by painting it the same colour as the foliage around it, the house literally blended into the background.
The question of the day is how much does landscaping really impact the value of your home? When it comes to the outdoors, spending money on renovations has never been so important or so confusing.
To make it simple, think about your property like a three-course meal. The front yard is the appetizer. It sets the stage for the dinner and hopefully leaves your guests anticipating more. The house is definitely the meat and potatoes of your property. It is the substance of the meal. Finally, the backyard, which like the dessert course, finishes the space.
Whether you’re having guests over for dinner or trying to impress potential buyers, people naturally start forming an opinion of your home from the moment they see it. That said, you only get one chance to make a first impression.