DUMP TO DIAMOND TOP 5 TIPS
1 BEGIN WITH THE BASICS
From a total eyesore, the only way is up. Start by decluttering, tidying, trimming and going to town with the clippers and even a high-pressure hose. Removing rubbish and tackling the overgrowth and redundant outbuildings will transform an unsightly exterior, leaving you with a blank slate so you can clearly see what to tackle next.
2 REALISTIC PRIORITIES
On a low-budget property, buyers don’t expect high-budget glam, so forget elaborate paving, exotic plants and award-winning landscaping. For a modest suburban house, priorities like an outdoor entertaining area, a safe place for the kids to play and a neat, welcoming facade will win buyers.
3 PRACTICAL CHANGES
Just like tweaking the internal layout to create a much better flow, external changes can greatly improve kerb appeal. Re-routing a front path to make a more practical entrance, relocating garden beds or adding a driveway or perimeter fence for greater security can transform a front facade. Be sure to weigh up cost versus return.
4 REPAIR AND REMODEL
Rusted gates, broken hinges, peeling paint, dead lawn… they’re all turn-offs you need to deal with. Paint is available to transform just about every surface, from roof tiles to concrete driveways, rusty surfaces and woodwork, bricks and render. Think about a bright colour for the front door to put your stamp on the facelift.
5 BRING ON THE BLING
Low-budget extras can really make a difference. Anyone can get creative and spruce up old furniture, or find one-off pieces at garage sales or auction sites. Affordable updates include solar lights for garden features and paths, a new letterbox and house numerals, and maybe a colourful urn or feature wall for the front porch.