Cre­at­ing a great first im­pres­sion

Marlborough Express - The Saturday Express, Marlborough - - LANDSCAPING -

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.

PHOTO: FILE

Cre­at­ing great street ap­peal will pay off when the for sale sign goes up.

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