You've probably heard the term before. It's the attractiveness of the exterior of a property, as viewed from the street. Essentially, it is how appealing your home looks on its own and compared to the other houses on the street. Having curb appeal matters when selling your home: It can increase the market value and makes your home more competitive against other houses for sale. It is what potential buyers will see first, and the first impression is really important, you want to make the most out of it. The good new is that you don't have to spend a fortune to ensure that the outside of your home looks as nice as the inside. Here is how to boost the curb appeal of your home.
Pick-up: Remove all debris from the lawn, driveway and borders. Sweep your steps and porches. Dust your pergola to remove old spider webs. Clean your and downspout and gutters. Dog owners... you know what to do!
Wash: Use a pressure washer to clean first and debris off paths, driveway and the siding. Be careful not to damage any surface. If you don't own a pressure washer, you could probably borrow one from a friend or rent one at the store. Clean all windows, doors and light fixtures.
Touch-up: Patch or reseal minor cracks on the driveway. Repaint if you want an even better look! If you have wooden windows, remove any peeling paint and repaint them. Give your front door, shutters and garage door a little coat of paint if needed. Make sure there is no damage to the fence and if necessary, add a fresh coat of paint or stain on it. Same for your decks and porches.
Refresh: If you have gardens, remove weeds and fork soil around plants. If you are not a green thumb, add potted plants such as annuals. Give your lawn a little treatment to remove all yellow or mud spot.
Repair: Replace or fix any broken windows. If the siding is damaged, you can probably replace the damaged part to avoid water from going in. Make sure that all lights works.
The little extras
Because all the little details matters.
* Install a new doorknob, knocker and doorbell.
* Paint your front door.
* Add a doormat and seasonal decorations/potted plants.
* Add some flowerbeds in front and beside the house.
* Upgrade your mail box or add a front door mail box.
* Update your your light fixture and add landscape lighting.
* Install new house numbers.
* Paint your foundation and concrete stairways.
* Install DIY Shutters.
* Add a pathway to your front door or around flower beds.
No matter what, at the end of the day, a better looking house will get more interest than a house needing work. You want potential buyers to have a first and only impression of your home to be a positive one! OH! And if you are not planning on selling at all, you should definitely use those tips anyway. Yearly maintenance is the way to go to prevent costly overhauls down the road!
Here are few Before & After I found online to show the impact of little changes. Crazy hmm!?
So many colours, yet.. the choice always seems impossible. You want to paint but want to avoid making any mistake? There is no need to panic, here is a little guide on how to choose your home paint colours.
Before we start...
The rule of 60-30-10
It is a classic decor rule that helps create a colour palette.
60%: Dominant colour.
30%: Secondary colour.
10%: Accent colour.
Colour harmony is based on the concept of a colour wheel. That wheel forms a circle in which primary colours: Red, Blue and Yellow, are equally distanced. We are gonna play with that wheel to choose the perfect paint match.
Psychology of colours
Each color has its psychological effect on us. Here's some of them.
Red: Stimulates the mind and makes emotion intensify.
Pink: Tenderness and vulnerability. Reduces anger.
Orange: Helps with the body and mind relation. Friendly color.
Brown: Familiar color: Reliability, dependability and nurturing.
Yellow: Stimulates and energize. Optimist color.
Green: Helps insomnia and reduce nervosity and anger. Related to Peace, growth and health.
Turquoise: Calm and relax after intellectual work.
Blue: Peace and tranquility. Opens the mind.
Indigo: Stimulates the intuition.
Violet: Reduce stress, phobia, fear and violence.
Magenta: Harmonize emotions.
White: Associates with neutral, balance, purity and calm.
Black: Associates with elegance, power and formality.
Tints Vs. Shades Vs. Tones
To choose a colour palette can seem complicated, but is pretty simple if follow the rules. Take a look at the following pictures. These are all 6 Colour Harmony you can choose from. Start by picking one colour that you really like, then pick the Harmony you think would work best in the room or is your favourite. I highly recommend that you borrow a colour swatch book from the paint store for this step. Once this is done, all you need to do is add the rest of the colours by picking paint, furniture or accessories. Ohh, and don't forget to apply the 90-60-30 rule!
Choose the right finish
Once you have picked all the colours you need, all that is left is to choose the finish.
Gloss: Very shiny and very durable. Shows imperfections more than Matte/Flat. (Furniture for a lacquered look)
Semi Gloss: Shiny and durable. (Furniture, Doors, Trims & Molding, Cabinets, Woodwork)
Satin: Ideal for more active rooms (Kitchen, Laundry, Bathroom, Hallways)
Eggshell: Good for any rooms, a little more washable than Matte/Flat. (Bedroom, Living Room, Dinning Room
Matte/Flat: Camouflage imperfections and difficult to clean. (Ceilings)
When choosing your colour palette, always keep in mind the psychology of colours. Colours affects our mind and body more than you can imagine! If you are choosing a different colour than the ones mentioned below, you can always find more information online or ask a professional. Hope this helps and that next time you paint your home, you'll feel more excited about the first step of choosing your colours!
You are thinking of selling and already, the questions get tangled in your head. Well, you should know that having questions is totally normal. The good thing is that most of the questions you are asking yourself have probably been asked several times before and guess what? We kept track of them for you! While meeting with clients, some questions comes more often than others. Here is the Top 6 of frequently asked questions that sellers asked us.
1. Have you Sold my type of home or in this price range before?
We have many Buyers that sell their home to either buy bigger, more expensive one, or downsize and we have sold houses in many different areas. We believe that we have the knowledge and capacity to sell any type of home, in any price range. Plus, we love a challenge.
2. Who else is involved in the process?
Not only do we have a great working relationship with other REALTORS®, we bring to you our extensive list of contacts from Lawyers, Inspectors, Finance Specialists and the many Trades. While we are in the field, there is a whole team of people at our office taking calls, filtering leads and making sure every deal gets done to perfection.
3. How long will it take to sell my house?
We have to list a house for a minimum of 3 months. Depending on the price and location of your home, we will be able to show you an average number of Days On Market (DOM) by making a Comparative Market Analysis. There are also many ways to increase your chances of selling fast that are not related to decreasing the listing price. How you ask? Curb appeals. Curb appeals play a big role when it comes to putting your house on the market.
4. Can we negotiate commission?
The Commission pays for our Office, License, Education, MLS® fees, but mostly, it pays for the marketing of your home! The Commission you pay allows us to provide you with the best service, and to market and sell your home in the most efficient and effective way possible.This is the biggest transaction of your life, you want to take full advantage of it!
5. Should I buy with my Listing Agent?
Definitely. In Real Estate, time is of the essence. When it comes to buying and selling at the same time, you want to avoid any problems and get it done smoothly. While dealing with one REALTOR® for both transaction, you minimize your stress and save time — The domino effect is handled most efficiently. Cherry on top? It costs you nothing to buy with an Agent.
6. What happens if I bring a buyer?
Being the Seller, your due diligence includes advising your Listing Agent of all inquiries or offers from any sources whatsoever during the listing period. If you happen to find a Buyer while under contract, we can discuss about a Dual Agency situation and review the best options. As per the Real Estate Act section 37(2), ''Where Real Estate is sold, exchanged or leased after the expiry of a listing agreement as a result of services performed by the agent before the expiry, the agent is entitled to recover the agent's commission [...]''
You probably have specific questions that are not on that list and we are here to answer them! The best thing to do is to call your Real Estate professional and set up a meeting to go over everything and make sure you start your selling process without any doubts.