Make home attractive on outside
KErb-crawling is not normally a practice to be encouraged. But if you are thinking of buying a house, a slow drive past it is often enough to enable you to make up your mind.
This means that if you are planning to sell a property, you should ensure the prospective buyer’s first impression is positive.
Street appeal is important. Even if your home is stunning on the inside, an unimpressive exterior won’t entice possible buyers inside.
From a buyer’s point of view, first impressions count. The assumption is that, if a house looks good from the outside, it probably looks good inside, too.
So how do you create a presentable exterior, so that you will have that winning edge when selling your home?
Start by trimming the hedges and trees. Then fix any rotten timber in the fence or cracks in masonry walls.
Also ensure the gate opens easily, is rust free and is firmly on its hinges. A prospective buyer who has to hold the gate up with their foot while they try to open it is not going to be encouraged to venture much further.
Pathways should be easy to navigate and safe. Any major cracks or unevenness should be remedied, as a broken ankle does not endear a home to a buyer.
If the garage is one of the main features of the front of the house, it should look as appealing as a garage can look. The roller or tilt door, which should be clean, can be made to look less stark through the placing of a planter on both sides of it.
Consider waterblasting the exterior of the house. A day spent doing this can reveal a paintwork colour that hasn’t been seen for a while.
Although the garden should be tidy, there is normally no need to do any major landscaping work.
Remove weeds, mow the lawn
Is everything. and clip any straggling shrubs. Think of the operation as a haircut before a job interview.
The back garden is normally an extension of the family living room and should be a welcoming and comfortable place to be.
Re-seed the lawn where there are bare patches and remedy any drainage problems. Paint fences or add a sheet of brush if the fence line is particularly ugly.
You can buy ready-made woven panels of willow, which are inexpensive to install and blend well with existing garden foliage. These also make great screens for washing lines.
Tidy the garage and the shed, and make sure any wood piles are neat and covered.
It’s the little things that count, as they all add up to one thing: A sale.