There are many experts who quote ‘Kerb Appeal’ when they’re advising you regarding dressing your property for the all important glossy marketing photographs. But it’s not just for the photographs, it’s to create a fabulous first impression to any potential buyer. Below are some hints to create that fabulous first impression.
Boundary fence or hedges
Now would be a good time to fix or replace any old fencing that looks tattered or weathered. A lick of paint will always brighten up a boundary. This will also give any potential buyer the indication of what space belongs to the property. If you have hedging tidy it up with a good set of garden shears. If you have a gate that leads onto your property make sure it is accessible and if broken, fix it and a coat a paint would do wonders.
Window Boxes or potted plants
A collection of potted plants or a collection of brightly coloured blooms in a window box will give a welcoming dash of colour to the exterior of the property.
The main focus of any exterior of a property is generally the front entrance and of course the front door. A new door would be an ideal scenario, unfortunately the budget may not stretch that far, as an alternative you could give your front door a good clean and possible purchase some new accessories like a door knocker, letterbox etc.
Add a few solar lights along the pathway leading to the front door or matching wall lights to bring a bit of warmth and a welcoming atmosphere for any visitors.
Make an effort to ensure that the gutters and downpipes are clear of debris and moss build up and any broken seals are fixed.
Make sure there are no leaks or slipped, broken or missing tiles.
Give windows, their frames and sills a good clean. A coat of paint or varnish on the frames is always a good idea and what is also wise is to ensure that the windowsills inside the property are not cluttered and look appealing to the eye. A potted plant or vase of flowers looks charming from the outside.
Borders and tree lines should be tidied and weed free and keep on top of it. In the spring, plant some annuals to bring colour and warmth to the flower bed and in the winter plant some evergreens that will last through the end of the year and into the spring months.
Off road parking is becoming a necessity for today’s homebuyers. So, make sure any driveway is weed free and if it is made up of gravel and there are some potholes, purchase a bag of gravel and top them up. If you have a pathway, keep it clean, jet washing can bring a whole new life to even the most moss heavy surfaces. Replace any broken slabs and make sure there are no trip hazards.
Not the most glamorous of subjects but they can be an eyesore on any location of a property’s exterior. There are many ways to hide them, try creating a storage area by using fence panels to disguise them or if the budget stretches have a storage cupboard created especially for them.
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