A HomeOwners Alliance survey showed that 68% of potential buyers felt a property’s kerb appeal influenced their decision. Use these quick and easy tips to help your potential buyers fall in love at first sight.
Pathways and driveways
If you access your main entrance via a pathway or over a driveway, make sure you give it some TLC.
- Refresh gravel
- Pressure wash to remove discolouration or slippery bits
- Remove weeds
Top tip: Add solar lights along the route for added elegance.
The front of your property is like its shop window. Make sure any soffits, fascias, or guttering are clean and in good order. Clean the windows and frames, or repaint if necessary. Little things like that subliminally reassure viewers that the bigger things have been taken care of too.
Top tip: Clean or repaint your front door, polish the hardware, and add a hanging basket for a burst of colour.
There are low maintenance ways of making a front outdoor area more appealing. You can pick up outdoor plants, even from a supermarket. Pop a few around to brighten any space. If you have a lawn or hedging, keep it tidy. Alternatively, ask a responsible young person if they’d like to earn some pocket money by doing it for you.
Top tip: Choose plants without flowers if you won’t remember to deadhead them. The foliage and pots will still look striking.
It might be that you don’t mind your bins and recycling boxes at the front of your home. However, for others it can be off-putting. Broaden your property’s appeal as much as possible by adding a bin store. You can use some trellising to create a divider or go all out and box them in.
Top tip: Surround or cover with pots of flowers or shrubs. You could even train climbers up the side.
If you have fencing or gates, make sure they’re looking their best. This might mean a lick of paint or wood stain. If you’ve got a fence post or panel that’s seen better days, just replace it. It’s unlikely to cost much in time or money. It does, however, prevent any offers from including that as a reason to knock the price down.
Top tip: Add trellising to a fence for some extra foliage.
You know where your house is. It seems obvious to you. But when you’re travelling around trying to find somewhere, possibly battling with family members, sat nav, or other traffic, it can feel stressful. Make it easy for your viewers. Add a house number or name that is clear and easy to read.
Top tip: Visit your local garden centre. They often have a range of signage so you can choose one that fits the style of your property.
Give your property the best chance of making a good impression. If you would like any advice, please do get in touch for a free, no-obligation chat on 01664 566210.
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