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Real estate: Cost-effective ways to improve curb appeal

Real estate: Cost-effective ways to improve curb appeal

Learn how to improve your home's curb appeal. Author: Stacey Brandford

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Real estate: Cost-effective ways to improve curb appeal

Property Brothers hosts Jonathan and Drew Scott reveal cost-effective ways to improve your home’s curb appeal.


Nothing puts a buyer at ease faster than a seller’s pride of ownership. If it’s clear that you take care of your home, a prospective buyer is less likely to think you’re cutting corners. It all starts with the state of the exterior, which will set the tone for the entire viewing. Here are a few foolproof ideas to get you started.
 

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Focus on landscaping
If you have a large lawn, break things up by creating areas of interest with garden beds. Plant flowers that offer continuous bloom, and if landscaping space is limited, include them in planters flanking your front door or porch. Those with small plots (read: little to no grass) can also consider low-maintenance alternatives like a beautiful wildflower or rock garden.

Invest with care
The siding is the largest visible surface area of your home’s exterior that dramatically alters its look (think stucco compared to vinyl). Pressure-wash the material before selling to make sure it’s clean and in good repair. And if it’s pepto-bismol pink, paint it something more current.

Upgrade the fixtures
Swap out that cheap dated light fixture for a more modern option that illuminates your entire entry and adds a touch of elegance. You can also install a matching mailbox or a lamp at the end of your driveway.

Introduce pops of colour
Wake up your front entry by painting the door a statement-making hue (like one of these three examples) that suits the style of your home. It’s a quick, impermanent update that’s budget friendly.
 

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1 Arctic Night 10BB 07/150 paint, Dulux; 2 Beauti-Tone Loving It 3C2-8, Home Hardware; 3 Behr Trailing Vine S390-7, The Home Depot.

Become a paint pro
Prep, clean and prime your door before choosing an exterior paint (latex or alkyd). Then apply a few coats on a mild day, avoiding direct sunlight to prevent uneven drying. Keep your door propped open until the edges
dry completely.

Jonathan and Drew Scott are the hosts of W Network’s Property Brothers. Catch new episodes Mondays at 9 p.m. EST/PST on W Network.

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