We all know that when it comes to our presentation, first impressions matter – but what about the family home?
First impressions really do count – especially if you are trying to sell a house.
Often, potential buyers will virtually have their mind made up before they even step inside the property, so it pays to keep the front of your home spick and span.
Here are some simple tips to create ‘kerb appeal’ that will have potential buyers flocking to the entrance.
1. It’s nothing personal!
When improving your home to sell it’s important to remember that this isn’t about you, but about the buyer. It pays to keep all improvements such as paints or brickwork as neutral as possible so that the potential buyer can visualise themselves living in the home.
2. A day on the green
A little gardening can go a long way in improving the look and feel of your home. Remove any clutter from the front yard by weeding the lawn and surrounding gardens as well as pruning any low hanging branches. Remember, a good layer of mulch on your garden and lawn can really liven up the place.
3. A little TLC
Nothing scares buyers away more than cobwebs and dust spoiling the windows and doorways of your home. Invest in a pressure cleaner for the weekend and give the outside walls and windows a good clean.
A scuffed up driveway can also be quite unpleasant so don’t forget to give it a once over with the pressure hose. After watching the dirt and grime flow down the pavements, you won’t be able to stop yourself from turning the hose on the brickwork.
4. The grand entrance
Ensuring you have an attractive front door, gate and fence is a simple way to say ‘welcome home.’
5. A fresh coat of paint and a good clean should bring these up like new. Update the house number and refresh the letterbox or replace it if necessary.
While these small touch ups will cost you next to nothing, they may add a significant amount to the value of your home.
So, whether you are looking to prepare your house for sale or just impress the neighbours, consider your street appeal and reap the rewards.