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How to make your house really stand out (and get those buyers in your door)! 1. Paint your front door a bright colour to make it pop. 2. Add shutters and paint them to complement the door colour. If you already have shutters, paint them a complementary colour.

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3. Plant some annuals for lots of colour.

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4. Spread bark mulch to clean up messy areas. 5. Add a couple of urns with flowers on each side of the front door.

DO YOU JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER? DO YOU JUDGE A HOUSE BY ITS CURB APPEAL? (IF YES, YOU’RE NOT ALONE)

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he weather is beautiful and it’s a great time to sell your house. So why isn’t it selling? There could be several reasons, but there is one I see way too often. And that is poor curb appeal.

give them a reason to choose your house to view. And then, after they get inside, give them a reason to buy your house!

When sellers put their houses on the market, curb appeal is often not the priority. There is so much interior work to be done — painting, cleaning, repairs, updates and the seemingly endless job of decluttering — that the exterior is often neglected.

1. Clean all the windows and doors, and power wash the siding.

I happen to believe curb appeal is just as important, or even more important, for this simple reason: The vast majority of buyers will do a drive-by of your house to help them decide if they want to see it inside. If the curb appeal is poor, they will often move on to another house. Their thinking is that the condition of the exterior is a good indication of the interior. Now, that is not always the case, but unfortunately that’s how most buyers’ minds work. I know, I’ve done it myself! Unfortunately, we often do judge a book by its cover.

3. Trim any trees and shrubs to allow lots of light inside and to make your house easily visible from the street. Remove any dead or dying trees or shrubs.

So the goal should be to get as many people in that door as possible by enticing them with your curb appeal. There are many houses available in this market, so

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6. Hanging baskets are great, especially if you have a front veranda. 7. Add a small bistro table/chairs, or two comfortable chairs on the front veranda/step if there is room. 8. Don’t forget the back of your house! If you have a deck, arrange an eating area and a lounging area with some nice patio furniture. Flowers in large flower pots always add appeal.

The basics of curb appeal include:

2. Ensure all the door/entrance hardware is in good condition; if not, replace it. That would include the doorbell, the light fixtures, the door handles/locks, mailbox, etc.

4. Keep the lawn free of weeds and freshly mowed. 5. Replace or repair steps and walkways if needed. 6. Move children’s toys, bikes and garbage/recycling bins, hoses to an inconspicuous area. 7. Touch up paint/caulking if needed. 8. Paint or stain the steps, veranda, deck and fence if needed.

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Cathy Tarrant CCSP Canadian Certified Staging Professional Homestyling by Cathy 709.341.7115 info@homestylingbycathy.com www.homestylingbycathy.com

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ReFINEd St. John's Fall 2016  

Vol 2 Issue 2

ReFINEd St. John's Fall 2016  

Vol 2 Issue 2

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