When Winnipeg homes for sale have buyers interested, curb appeal is a major factor in ensuring that they will request a viewing of the inside.
It is common knowledge that curb appeal may make or break a sale.
Think like a potential buyer who is looking for their "dream house".
Wouldn’t you drive by to check the place out before making an appointment? Most buyers do.
Place a "For Sale" sign in front of a house and it either attracts the eye of a potential buyer or it doesn't.
If it has curb appeal it will more likely resulting in either a phone call to inquire about the home or they will simply drive right past the home if it doesn't make a good impression.
For a home owner it’s not an easy call to determine what updates if any you need simply because you've grown accustomed to your home day after day.
So how do you determine if your home really needs updates to create the right curb appeal?
You may think that the chipped painted siding isn’t really noticeable.
You don't see the shingles that are loose or maybe missing after a big wind. Or that the overgrown lawn is out of hand and that it's jungle.
All these little things may not all that noticeable to you, because you see it daily.
The reality is that almost every home could use some help with their "curb appeal" especially when it comes to preparing your Winnipeg homes for sale.
Because most people see their own house every day, the little things that may be obvious to a potential buyer are almost invisible to the home owners.
Your house could even be in great "shape" outside with beautiful looking landscaping, fresh paint, and gutters in good repair; however you may not notice that pile of kid’s stuff that clutters your veranda?
To you this is a home that’s lived in; after all you have kids, they like to play outdoors and tidily store their toys in the corner of the veranda.
But to a potential buyer it's a mess and detracts from the cleanliness and neatness of the house.
So what could you do to ensure your home's curb appeal is excellent in the Winnipeg Real Estate market?
Here are a few tips to help prepare Winnipeg homes for sale:
1. Pretend you are the buyer and drive by and view your home looking at it as someone else’s property.
2. Also notice whether or not your home stands out from the other homes around you.
Your home needs to look as good as those houses around you and even a little better.
But you don't want your home to stand out for the wrong reasons.
Siding your house with purple siding along with red trim is not the way you want your house to distinguish its self.
3. You may love that huge concrete deer ornament stands in the middle of the yard but you can be sure it has little appeal to most everyone else.
All potential buyers will see as a huge piece of concrete they will have to dispose of.
4. A tough step is to ask friends to be brutally honest, drive by your home and tell you what they see.
Listen to them about what about your house would turn them off as buyers.
Ask them what would be a problem or what looks they think would need to be fixed or updated.
5. If you want to really see the problem areas clearly, take some photos of your house from the front in black and white.
Black and white photos will help you see the house without the appeal of color to your senses.
6. Another thing to help you see your house the way a buyer might is to make sure you see the curb appeal in both the daytime and evening.
How welcoming a home can be to a potential buyer can be affected by the lighting which can have a huge impact on their decision to purchase.
If your home is dark except for a front porch light, invest in some inexpensive solar lighting to frame the yard with appealing lighting.
Don’t forget, the fastest way to get a potential purchaser to view your home and have them "fall in love with it" is to entice them from the street.
If you attract their attention when they drive by, they will more than likely make the call to book a viewing of the inside to see if it is as attractive as the outside.
So it’s worth it to spend your time and money to ensure the outside of your home invites onlookers to book a viewing.
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