It’s no secret that homes with attractive curb appeal command higher asking prices and spend less time sitting on the market. With so many ideas on the internet to boost your home’s curb appeal, you may be wondering which projects pump up your real estate’s value best? Though there aren’t specific values connected to certain improvement projects, here are some of our favourite financially-savvy ways to boost your home's equity with a little summer upgrade;

Squeaky Clean
Before you make the decision of whether or not to paint the facade of your property, turn to the tried and true method of a deep clean of your exterior with a pressure washer or some good-old-fashioned elbow grease. A bucket of hot soapy water and a long-handled bristle brush will likely remove more of the built-up mildew, dirt and general grime than you’d expect. Ensure you research the cleaning products that can be used on your specific exterior (vinyl, wood, tin, stucco, brick, etc.) before you begin the freshening process.

A Fresh Coat of Paint
If your exterior cleaning job is no match for the wear and tear your Comox Valley real estate has endured over the years, a new coat of paint could be the answer to the fresh look you seek. There are so many durable and aesthetically-appealing paint products to choose from and the pros at Behr Paint recently published their 2020 paint colour trends to give you some additional inspiration. Though this project ranks higher on the investment list, it can set your home apart from others on your street or the directory which potential buyers are browsing.

Incorporate Greenery
A neat garden or a set of potted plants can take your curb appeal from zero to hero. Incorporating bushes, trees or curated garden plots give your home a polished look. When selecting your greenery of choice, be sure to look for plants that thrive in your unique area’s weather; for example, the Arbutus, Dogwood and Maple species are great matches for the Courtenay area climate. Don’t forget the finishing touch; fresh topsoil or some well-laid mulch.

Add a Pop of Colour
Sometimes the simplest additions can make the biggest difference in your curb appeal. A freshly painted front door, new front patio cushions or ornamental accents bring life and add character to your home. Have a look around your house for unused items that may be a great addition to the exterior of your home; you can always bring them to life with a fresh coat of spray paint too.

Maintenance and Clutter
Nothing cramps your curb appeal or turns off potential buyers more than a house in need of basic upkeep. Take a stroll around the exterior of your property with a pen and paper noting items that need to be addressed. Ensure there aren’t any loose shutters or window awnings, clean out your gutters, clear the way of clutter and debris, add mortar to aging brick faces and re-stain sun faded fences. Keeping your home maintained not only adds value in the event you prepare to sell, but it also helps to extend the life of your biggest financial investment. 

As your Comox Valley Real Estate Professionals, we love bringing fresh and fun ideas that help to increase the value of your property and reduce the stress in your homeownership journey. If there’s a specific real estate topic you’d like more information on, leave us a comment or reach out to the Bryce Hansen Team at 250-334-9900.

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