First impressions count don’t they?
Like most things in life, we make judgement’s about things in the first seconds when we meet someone or arrive somewhere for the first time. So, when it comes to selling your home, it’s important to think from the outside in. When viewers visit your home for the first time they will make important decisions as they arrive outside that could have an effect on whether they buy and the offer they make.
So what is kerb appeal?
Kerb appeal is a term used to describe how attractive a home is as someone arrives for the first time. Clearly there are degrees of scale to the term. A palace or castle has kerb appeal in spades. But a regular semi, terrace or detached home can have a great deal of kerb appeal. Simply presenting your home in a tidy and updated way can help immediately.
Take a long look from the other side of your street. What do you see? Compare your property with your neighbours.
Five quick kerb appeal solutions
Still not sure what to do? Here are five things we think could help depending on the condition of your property.
- Cut grass, trim hedges, prune trees and remove weeds. Simply front garden updates will help to remove viewer doubts about having to update the garden area.
- Jet wash paths and drive ways and remove weeds. This simple trick can make block paving, tiles and even concrete look like new!
- Clean windows! Simple yes? This will also help viewers when looking from the inside out too.
- Paint the front door and clean door furniture. Does the bell work? Pick popular colours like black, red or anthracite.
- Use a brush to remove cobwebs and leaves from eaves and gutters and wipe with a cloth. It will make a real difference.
How much will this work cost me?
These simple and effective tricks can make a real improvement even to the most tired of exteriors. But long term deterioration to windows and roof lines may require significant investment to make a difference if they are beyond simple cleaning techniques.
This short list of housekeeping tricks won’t break the bank. The cost of a tin of paint and perhaps the loan, hire or purchase of a jet washer aside, these updates are more about elbow grease and time, than emptying your wallet or purse!
Your property pictures will really stand out too. Interior staging is a huge help when selling a home, but lets not forget the outside first. We don’t want those all important buyers driving past and not stopping because they don’t like what they see.
Good luck improving your kerb appeal!
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