Creating a great first impression
Street appeal is crucial to maximise your sale price. This includes the council land on the street in front of your house.
There are many people jumping on the property speculation ladder at present. Blenheim appears to be booming.
If you want to sell your home or buy an investment property to sell on one great way to maximise your sale price is to improve the quality of your house on your own.
There are many things inside you can do but don’t forget the outside - first impressions count as does the street appeal of your property.
Obviously the garden needs to look tidy but if you are marketing your house towards a demographic that wants ‘all the work already done’ such as retirees or young professionals who place a high value on free time then you need to do much more than simply tidy up the section.
You can add huge value to a property by creating good indoor - outdoor flow. Do this by creating a weather proof structure that is either joined or very near the house - probably the lounge or kitchen ideally but make sure you do not block the much needed winter sun from streaming in to the house to warm it. A west facing room is ideal. Try to avoid building shading structures on the northern aspect.
In this outdoor room you can do some or all of the following - an area to sit back and relax, an area to dine and to cook. These three criteria make up the basics of outdoor living.
By weather proofing the area you really are ‘adding’ a room to your house.
The definition of weatherproof is that the floor under the roof stays dry. This creates an all weather outdoor space that can, if heated, be used all year round.
Marlborough’s summer nights can be chilly a few hours after sunset and the winter days can be warm enough to enjoy being outside. Add some heat and you can extend the usable time period of your new addition.
This heating could be electric, gas or a more traditional wood fireplace but the latter can not be used during fire bans. Make first impressions count. Street appeal is crucial to maximise your sale price. This includes the council land on the street in front of your house and even how your neighbours houses look.
If you are having an auction try to get your neighbours to tidy up their place as well. Buyers are buying your home but also have a vested interest in what happens next door and further down the street too.
Always build any outdoor structure to the building code but as important is to blend the structure into the existing architecture of the house so that it looks like it has always been there. This will help merge the house and the garden together making the property feel unified and complete.
I can’t stress enough how important it is to make the garden and the house blend together as one. This is the key to a successful DIY garden project. Keep this thought at the forefront of your mind at all times.
Creating great street appeal will pay off when the for sale sign goes up.