You put your property on the market, because you want to move and in order to sell you want your home to stand out from the crowd. You want buyers flocking to see what it has to offer. First impressions matter in life and in particular when selling your home!
So how your home looks from the outside can impact massively on a buyer’s mindset and how they approach the viewing of the inside of the house. Wow them from the kerb and they will enter with hope, excitement and anticipation. Disappoint them and it will take twice as much effort for your property to win them over.
Getting the right kerb appeal doesn’t take rocket science or necessarily a huge expenditure, but here are 5 quick ideas to help
Razzle dazzle them
You may have had a spring clean of your interior before any viewings and you can see your face in the work tops, but what about the exterior of your home? I recently visited a property to do an appraisal. As I pulled up and got out of my car, I looked at the property and my heart sank, the metal gate was hanging of its hinges and rusty. The path was uneven and the grass long and untidy, the front paintwork was all flaky and extremely unappealing. If I was a prospective buyer, I would have been tempted to get back in my car and drive off! But being a true professional I knocked on the door and the lovely lady opened it and let me in. My jaw nearly hit the floor as the property was beautiful inside, immaculately decorated and presented with a stunning contemporary kitchen and gleaming white bathroom, that she told me had been installed six months ago. The lady was genuinely surprised when we were chatting after I had been round the house to hear how the outside of the property would impact massively on the saleability of the property and the thought processes of any would be viewer. She told me how she thought only the interior mattered to buyers and how nice the kitchen and bathroom were! I think it is a common mistake made by many sellers.
From mucky windows to fallen leaves, no matter if you have a little or a lot of space at the front of your property, make sure it’s clean and sparkling. Don’t forget to fix any tired or broken gates and fence panels, and even give it a touch up of paint or wood preservative should it be needed. Also make sure you get out that power hose to spruce up your driveway and patio, taking the time to get rid of those pesky weeds and if the flags are uneven, have them re-laid.
Oh, and bins, there is nothing worse than arriving at a property and the first thing you notice is the array of bins. If you can, move them away from the front of your property or ask a neighbour if you can put them round the back of their property whilst you have a viewing!
A touch of colour can truly transform the kerb appeal of any property. A couple of potted trees placed on either side of your doorway will give it a touch of elegance. Should this not be possible, you could always add some colourful seasonal planting to any flowerbeds, or add a plant pot or two. Seasonal hanging baskets are attractive. Healthy plants and flowers don’t just make your home more attractive, they also show the buyer that you care for and love your property. A happy home is a saleable home.
Caught my eye
The focal point of any kerb appeal is your front door. Anyone who knows me or reads my blogs regularly will know how this is a pet subject of mine! You have probably walked down a street in the past and noticed a door that has caught your eye. Without realising it, you may look out for that home every time you pass. There is a house around the corner from where I live with a beautiful front door and lovely stained- glass panels that I always admire. Your front door can say a lot about your property, so make sure yours is looking its finest. Wooden doors should have a fresh coat of paint; make sure you choose your colour wisely, navy blue, dark red and heritage green are popular and well-liked shades. If your front door is plastic or composite, you can get specialist cleaning solutions in order to make it look like new.
Shine a light
Come winter or summer, rain or shine, you can’t predict what our wonderful British weather will throw at your intrepid potential buyers. Allow your home to give them a warm welcome by adding some external lighting, so even if the sky is grey, your home will look inviting.
What’s your number?
Frustrating, isn’t it, when you are looking for a house and you can’t find it? The name or number may be hidden behind foliage, or not on display at all. The last thing you want is your buyers arriving frustrated as they haven’t been able to identify which house is yours. If you can’t see it from the roadside, how will they? Invest in some brass polish or buy some new stand out numbers.
It’s easy to increase the kerb appeal of your property and you will find that buyers will be attracted to your home from first sight. As part of our free marketing consultation, we are happy to provide advice on how to prepare your home – and of course outside space for sale!
Thanks for reading. See you next time.
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