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Having curb-appeal savvy involves knowing which tactics to steer away from, in addition to the ones to use. Since curb appeal can be one of the most important factors in generating and keeping interest for a listing, you will want to be at the top of your game. To help keep your home looking great from the moment people drive up, avoid these tendencies.

 

Outdoor Clutter

 

While clutter can be more pronounced when it is indoors, a couple of stray objects or neglected details can keep the front view of your house from looking pristine.

 

  • Hide all lawn care tools and kid’s outdoor toys from sight.
  • Reduce the amount of lawn art to a bare minimum.
  • Rake up any stray mulch or leaves that can make a yard or landscaping look patchier than it actually is.

 

Try Not to Park in the Driveway

 

A factor that many people do not consider is parking their car in the driveway. This tendency can send the message to home buyers that there is not enough storage in the house, so you have a full garage.

 

Even if this is not the case, park the car in the garage or on the street if possible to give buyers an uncompromised view of the front entryways. Definitely avoid having your vehicle in the online listing photos. It can be very distracting and change the buyer’s overall impression.

 

Match the Neighborhood

 

You will want to emphasize your house’s unique selling points. Being too unique can be a detriment. Look to your neighbors to help influence landscaping or exterior design decisions.

 

For instance, do not be the only person in the neighborhood with a birdbath in their front lawn. Use a similar mulch material as your neighbors if you can to maintain a neighborhood feel.

 

Total conformity is not necessary, but UBC homes for sale should have a consistent look with their neighbors in an eye pleasing way. Otherwise, buyers may only focus on the “eclectic” parts as opposed to the generally positive aspects with a universal appeal.

 

Plant for the Season

 

Summer may be over for now, but that is no excuse to have dead vegetation making up most of your landscape. Cut away any dead plants and find seasonally appropriate plants that thrive even in the coldest weather.

 

Evergreen saplings, for example can be arranged to make a hedge that will be visible even through the snow. Berry-producing bushes like the American Dwarf Cranberry or Canada Holly look bright, cheery and red amidst a snowy white backdrop.

 

With care and attention to detail, your home will look beautiful in photos and in person. For more advice on the do’s and don’ts of selling your home, take a look at our seller’s page