One of the most important Comox Valley real estate things to address when selling your Comox Valley home is curb appeal. While I have read many Comox Valley real estate articles on home curb appeal over the years not all are useful. Why is that? Quite simply, some are based on fact and life experience and some are merely opinion-based.
Here is an example. An article in our local Comox Valley newspaper recently stated that one of the best ways to improve the appearance of your home is to install a bold-looking door in a vibrant colour so that the home will stand out from the other Comox Valley properties in the neighbourhood. The author of this Comox Valley article may have missed an important point. Taking this kind of advice literally can make the home stand out in either a positive or negative way. Painting a door in a vibrant colour may help it stand out from the crowd but if it stands out like a sore thumb it is not helpful. Having an orange door on a grey house will certainly make it stand out but it will not attract many Comox Valley real estate buyers. Drive by a number of spectacular homes for sale in Comox and see if any that sell quickly have such a door.
Think about curb appeal this way. Success in the Comox Valley real estate market is tied to things such as curb appeal. What kind of first impression will the home give someone who drives up to it for the first time. Remember that curb appeal should cater to the average Comox Valley buyer and not to unique tastes. Neutral colours are better than vivid colours. Having said this, curb appeal is not just about colours or paint. It is the overall first impression. Is the yard maintained well? Is the home maintained well? Is it clean looking? Is the grass cut? Are the shrubs trimmed? Does everything appear well kept and neat?
Does the outside of your Comox Valley home have mildew or discolorations on the siding, roof or driveway? Is the fence falling down or is it well maintained? Does the yard and home look warm and inviting? Think of yourself as a buyer. What would impress you driving up to a home for the first time? What would turn you off? Most of this is common sense. When preparing your home to sell think of the preparation from the eyes of the buyer. What would most buyers likely be attracted to?
Thinking of listing your Comox Valley home? Contact me and let’s talk about how to prepare and present it to sell in the current Comox Valley real estate market.
by Brett Cairns