Realtors often say that pepole decide whther to buy a house within the first 30 seconds of seeing it.



What is Curb Appeal?

The first glimpse at the exterior of your home, and the impression that it creates, is called curb appeal.  Likely as you've prepared your house for sale you've focused primarily on the inside of the house--painting, cleaning, staging etc--but the outside is equally, if not more, important.  This is especially true when you consider that people see the outside of a home before they see the inside.  Curb appeal includes anything that can be seen from the road in front of the house.  This could be the driveway, the front door, the steps, the siding, the roof, or the lawn, to name a few.


Why Curb Appeal Matters


Picture yourself driving through a neighborhood looking for homes for sale.  You see a FOR SALE sign in one yard but the house is completely hidden from view by a row of tall hedges.A few blocks later you see another house for sale.  The lawn is brown, the driveway is full of cracks, and the front door is painted a garish color and is flaking.  Finally, you drive by a house that looks promising.  The yard is neat and tidy.  The landscaping is pleasant with some well kept annuals and perennials, the house has been  power washed and looks clean and shiny, the driveway is level and free of oil spills and stains, and the roof is free of moss and broken tiles or warped shingles.  Immediately this home grabs your attention.  This is the first impression that you don't get a second chance to make...and it's crucial! 


Sweat the Small Stuff


The little things have a bigger impact than you can imagine.  Small flaws tell people that a house hasn't been well maintained (even if that's not the truth that's the perception it gives).  Small cracks in the driveway, cobwebs in the corner, broken door handles, untrimmed foliage, and chipping paint are immediate turn offs.   Take a bit of time to brush away those cobwebs, sweep the steps, paint the trim and trim the trees before putting your house on the market.  Not sure what else you should do?  Stand at the end of your driveway and take some photographs to give you an objective view.  Look at the four major areas: basic landscaping, repairing, creating a relaxing atmosphere with plants and flowers, and creating ambience through lighting--and you'll get a good idea of where you need to add (or sometimes subtract--remember 'less is more') in order to create the stage for a home that cries out 'come see me!'


Good luck!





H. R. MacMillan Space Centre


The H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, founded 1968, is an astronomy museum in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, that is located at Vanier Park in Vancouver.  The Space Centre is named for H. R. MacMillan, a British Columbia industrialist and philanthropist.


Inside the building, there are live demonstrations on science in the GroundStation Canada Theatre, exhibits and games in the Cosmic Courtyard, and shows about astronomy in the Planetarium Star Theatre.


Source: Wikipedia




Kitsilano Beach

Kitsilano Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Vancouver, especially in the warm summer months. Located at the north edge of the Kitsilano neighbourhood, the beach faces out onto Burrard Inlet.


The beach is home to the longest swimming pool in Canada, the salt-water outdoor Kitsilano Pool, operated by the Vancouver Park Board and open during the summer.  Toward the northern edge of the beach is a playground and a number of beach volleyball courts.


Source: Wikipedia

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