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Springtime is one of the most beautiful times in British Columbia. It's no coincidence that it's also one of the most active times of the year for selling UBC homes.  Families prepare for big moves in the summer, and people of all life situations feel more inclined to get out and view houses.

 

During this time, putting your home’s best foot forward in terms of staging is absolutely critical. Lots of homes will look drop-dead gorgeous from the curb and in online photos, so if your home is not high up in terms of these criteria, it could get overlooked.

 

So make sure to boost your home’s selling prospects by boosting its curb appeal using these four tips:

Get Rid of Lawn Clutter

A good rule of thumb for the inside of your house is to reduce the amount of furniture so that your home feels airy, spacious and roomy. You can apply this same rule to the outside of your house! Think in terms of open green space versus ornamental plants. 

 

Ideally, you will have most underbrush removed so that all plants have a clear, purposeful presence rather than feeling like a “wild” clump. Get rid of all weeds and all growing plants you did not purposefully plant or propagate. Trim back lower branches of trees so that light can penetrate throughout your yard and travel into your house. Frame all ornamental bushes with gravel, mulch, bark, lava rocks or a similar substrate that makes every planted area picture-worthy.

 

All of these tasks reduce the appearance of lawn maintenance while making your yard look more spacious and organized.

Power Wash Your Sidewalk, Paths and Driveway

Renting or hiring out a power washer is a minimal cost, but it can do so much for your outdoor appearance. Just a few hours is all it takes to make your paths look cleaner, brighter and maybe even bigger while eliminating a common source of visual blight.

Give Your Curb Presence Some Visual “Pop”

Planting some flowers by your mailbox and front entrance is a common technique for adding a touch of colour and beauty to your home, but why stop at plants? You can use other, similar techniques to add some flair while helping home viewers know they have come to the right place.

 

Using bold brass numbers on your mailbox or front door frame is a common approach, and you can also substitute them for a colourful or natural material that complements the aesthetic of your home. Brightly coloured paints on accents like your front door, front porch support trusses or shutters can also help give people clear visual markers while making your home feel more charming.

Add Some Fencing or a Trellis

You do not want to clutter your yard with excessive accents, but having a few architectural touches can serve to “frame” a yard and sometimes even make it look larger. Add a few feet of decorative fence to a corner of the yard to give it some more upscale charm, or add a trellis or arbor to a pathway to make it feel more picturesque.

Get More Curb Appeal Advice for Selling UBC Homes From an Experienced Agent

You can implement all of these suggestions in the perfect way to complement your home and learn even more techniques for selling a home near UBC when you work with a local, experienced agent familiar with area.

 

Using these tips and personalized advice from a UBC real estate agent, your home can look more beautiful from the curb than you ever imagined!