How to give your property ‘kerb appeal’
They say first impressions count and when it comes to selling your home that certainly holds true. While a huge amount of our time is spent on presenting the interior properly to prospective buyers, with the emphasis on clean rooms and the smell of freshly brewed coffee and baked cakes, ‘kerb appeal’ is often underestimated
It doesn’t take a lot of effort for a home to make a good impression and with potential buyers apparently taking less than eight seconds to make up their minds do you really want them to be greeted by the sight of brambles, peeling paint or a front door that doesn’t shut properly?
Here are five simple ways to make those vital eight seconds lift the spirits of those potential buyers.
The walk from the street to your front door, whether it is two steps or twenty, should be free from leaves, rubbish, empty plant pots and all types of clutter. Porches should always be clean and driveways should be pot-hole free with any bins hidden behind screens.
Windows should be cleaned regularly along with any blinds or curtains that can be seen from the street. Rotten window frames are unacceptable and should be replaced, with a fresh coat of paint on window sills brightening up the facade and maximise the light.
Upgrading to double glazing, if you haven’t done so already, is also recommended as many buyers will see the lack of this basic feature as a severe disadvantage. This means that, with the help of reputable retailers such as Safestyle UK, you can find the perfect windows to match your home.
Always spare a thought for the overall design of the window and look for styles which match the type of property you have. Modern houses will more than likely want a plain and simplistic uPVC design whilst older, period properties may be better suited to a traditional, wooden framed design with a more intricate pattern or detailing.
Crossing the threshold
There is nothing worse for potential buyers than being faced with front door that doesn’t shut properly or is rotting away. Something as simple as a fresh coat of glossy paint can transform the entrance of your home. If your door has come to the end of its life, you may want to consider investing in a new one.
If you have a front garden, make sure that the grass is cut and the beds are tended. Clear out those weeds and replace them with simple but cheerful bedding plants.
Window boxes are easy to make yourself and can add a splash of colour to the front of a house. For smaller spaces, planters with miniature olive trees or box topiary either side of a front door can make an impressive entrance.