Curb ap­peal draws in prospec­tive buy­ers

The Telegram (St. John’s) - Home Buyers' Guide - - OPEN HOUSES -

If youʼre in the mar­ket to sell your home, youʼll want to get the most out of your in­vest­ment. Added curb ap­peal will help draw in prospec­tive buy­ers.

“Peo­ple buy­ing an ex­ist­ing home of­ten want to do their own re­mod­elling, so you prob­a­bly donʼt want to do any ma­jor over­hauls, but cos­metic fix-ups are def­i­nitely a must,” says Ted Har­ri­son who works with a well-known Cana­dian man­u­fac­turer of plumb­ing fix­tures. Har­ri­son of­fers these sim­ple and cost-ef­fec­tive tips to spruce-up your home and pro­vide greater buyer ap­peal.

Land­scap­ing: Take the time to mow the lawn, trim the hedges, and plant some new flow­ers to cre­ate a more at­trac­tive and invit­ing ex­te­rior.

A clever way to show off your home is light­ing. Re­place old light fix­tures with re­cessed pot lights or dim­mers, and en­sure you change all burntout light bulbs.

A new faucet is an in­ex­pen­sive way to freshen up kitchens and bath­rooms, the most crit­i­cally as­sessed rooms by po­ten­tial buy­ers. Cre­ate a high-end, de­signer look with the range of new faucet fin­ishes avail­able (cop­per and stain­less) to co­or­di­nate with ap­pli­ances and cook­ware. Car­pets: Steam clean your car­pets! Not only will this re­move some of the signs of wear, es­pe­cially in high traf­fic ar­eas, it will also min­i­mize smoke, an­i­mal and other odours.

Blast new en­ergy into your home with a fresh coat of paint. Neu­tral colours work best when sell­ing your home — cre­ate an ac­cent wall to add drama.

Get rid of un­wanted pieces and mis­matched odds and ends. Your home will look more or­ga­nized, spa­cious and invit­ing. En­sure all is tidy and stored neatly in its place, and aim to keep it that way. Po­ten­tial buy­ers will take no­tice of dirty dishes in the sink and un­made beds.

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