Naturally, you want your home to be as beautiful as possible and a full reflection of your taste and style, but there is a practical side to aesthetics. You should always be looking at ways to boost the look and value of your property so that if the time comes to sell, you will be in a position to get the best possible price.
And when it comes to selling your house, first impressions count for a great deal, as any estate agent will tell you. A beautifully presented home will sell more quickly and for a better price than a house that is showing signs of wear and neglect. Fortunately, there are some useful tips that can help you boost the ‘kerb appeal’ of your home.
Drives and Gardens
The drive is one of the first things that prospective buyers will notice, so make sure you keep on top of the weeding and edging and give your drive the once over with a pressure washer to keep it looking pristine.
As for your front garden, it is important to keep it weeded and presentable, and if you want to replace the turf with fresh shingle, this can be an extremely effective option that will give a whole different look and feel to your house’s exterior. Low maintenance gardens will usually have more appeal, so don’t overload the front garden, but ensure that you choose attractive, brightly coloured flowering plants, and if you have a path, opt for warm-toned slabs and keep them clean.
Porches and Door Fronts
Adding a porch to the front of your house can really make a difference to the look of the place. Potential buyers will find it much more welcoming, and if it is combined with homely lighting, potted plants, and a striking doormat, you will have a winning combination.
It’s also worth taking another look at that front door. If it’s looking a little tatty, why not consider replacing it with something more modern and contemporary, and see how quickly it improves the appearance of your home? And don’t neglect the garage doors. Buyers looking for a family home are likely to be drawn to properties with garages, so make sure that you emphasise this feature by presenting it attractively.
Roofs and Windows
As part of the audit of your home, take a closer look at external woodwork. If there are any rotten window sills or damaged frames, these should be replaced and ideally painted in an attractive colour. Check your windows for damage and consider investing in shutters or blinds from DIY shutters, as these can make a home look much neater and more modern. Don’t forget to check the roof as well – a missing tile can really spoil the look of your home.
Updating the aesthetics of your family home is about more than just giving you somewhere more pleasant to live. Kerb appeal is a major factor when it comes to selling your house, and by taking these simple steps, you can significantly increase your chances of a sale.