Nothing makes a good impression on a potential home buyer quite like having a warm feeling when seeing a property for the first time. It's called 'curb appeal' for a reason. Before they walk through the front door, most buyers will form some sort of opinion about a home based on how it appears from the street. Maintaining your property not only enhances the look of your Orangeville Home and the neighbourhood, it adds value and increases your chances of a quick sale if you should decide to move.

General home maintenance is an ongoing and long-term process that is an integral part of home ownership and it generally falls into two categories - building maintenance and landscaping.

Building Maintenance

  • Keeping your home's exterior up to date and repairing or replacing those things that have been worn out by the elements improves your Orangeville home's over all appearance.
  • Cracked or crumbling asphalt or masonry gives a potential buyer the impression that the home may have been neglected and they will question the integrity of the rest of the house.
  • One of the most noticeable features of every home is the front entrance. If your front door is old and faded or warped from years of battling cold winters and hot summers, it will detract from the rest of the home. Consider replacing it with a new door and frame to freshen up the overall appearance of your home.
  • When it comes to colour, nothing can turn off a potential buyer faster than a house that screams it doesn't belong on the same street as the homes next door. We've all been in a nice neighbourhood with tastefully decorated dwellings, and then see the one house where someone decided that bright blue paint with orange shutters would make their house stand out on the street. The best bet is to create an appearance that satisfies your own personal taste while complementing and blending with the other homes on the street at the same time.

Landscaping

With landscaping there's a lot more to think about than just cutting the grass and deciding where to plant your new shrub. Proper landscaping offers the obvious appeal of enhancing the look of your home while providing other significant advantages depending on the size of your property. In addition to selecting trees, shrubs and flowers that complement the property, consider the environmental factors well. You can consult a professional landscaper to learn how to:

Take advantage of natural landforms to create windbreaks

Plant trees to provide shaded areas in the summer

Plant vines or shrubs to create a windbreak directly against an exterior wall

Keeping your Orangeville home looking its best will provide you with pride of ownership and if the time comes that you decide it's time for a move, your 'curb appeal' will increase your chances of a quick sale.