Consider Curb Appeal 1.

They say you can’t judge a book by its cover, but when it comes to houses, the exterior can be just as important as the interior if you’re selling or buying real estate. When selling, it is the outside, or the home’s curb appeal that often determines whether the inside is ever seen. The first impression of how a house ‘shows’ from the street can tell a potential buyer a lot about what it may be like inside. Though we are blessed to be surrounded by areas such as Erin Mills and Oakville.

Even if the inside is the charming, structurally sound dream home they’ve been searching for, a buyer is not going to forget a cracked driveway, crooked shutters, overgrown grass and weedy flower beds.

That’s why most realtors recommend a house not be seen for the first time at night. If you have no choice but to view homes at night, always be sure to drive past them during the daytime before making any final decisions.

For sellers, there are many ways to enhance the exterior of a home to achieve the curb appeal necessary to attract prospective buyers. Start by taking a close, objective look at your home from the curb. Be sure to view it from different angles. Ask friends and neighbors for their unbiased opinions. What are the appealing features? What’s not so appealing? What can you do to improve its appearance?

Are the shrubs untrimmed? Are there broken doors and windows, loose screens and railings? Does the exterior trim, or entire surface, need a paint job?

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