We are all familiar with the saying, “don’t judge a book by its cover.” However, considering that many people do just that, especially when house hunting, it is a good idea to make sure the exterior of your home is well taken care of. Make sure your home makes a lasting first impression by spicing up your curb appeal!

Maintain your lawn

Your lawn, especially during the spring and summer, is an incredibly important feature of your home and can make or break your curb appeal. Ensure that you keep your lawn trimmed, get rid of pesky weeds and, if needed, fill in any patchy spots with seed or sod. And, although they technically aren’t part of your lawn, after you’ve finished tending to your grass, make sure that any overgrown shrubbery and trees are trimmed and pruned.

Add plants and flowers

After the dull and dark winter, when spring arrives, we are all excited to add some much needed colour. The easiest way to do this is to add some greenery and/or flowers. These can be displayed in pots, flower beds, and window boxes. Adding plants and flowers not only makes a great visual statement, but it also makes your home warm and welcoming.

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Update your hardware and lighting

Do the numbers on your house pop? Are the fixtures outside outdated? Is your doorknob barely hanging on? Change out the rusty and old, with shiny and new. Although this seems obvious, it’s often these small details that get overlooked when tackling the exterior of your house.

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Make an impression with your welcome mat

There are many options available for this easy and instant upgrade. If you can no longer read the message on your mat, or the colour has faded over the winter, it’s definitely time to get a new one! Think of the welcome mat as the greeting to your home, so make sure it welcomes potential buyers inside.

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Paint your exterior

This one is more of an investment, whether it’s in the form of your time, or cold hard cash. However, if your exterior is in desperate need of some TLC, then this might be something you should consider. Most people want to be able to picture themselves in the home they are dreaming about, and chipped and faded paint is likely not part of the fantasy. If you don’t need (or want!) to completely change the colour of your house, consider adding some fresh paint to your front door, garage door, and/or window frames.

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Whether you are planning to move or not, we hope that these help inspire some ideas to spice up your curb appeal. If anything, you can wow your neighbours, and that is always a bonus!

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