It’s true what they say... first impressions count, especially if you are looking to sell your home.
The first impression your property makes could make or break a sale. An unappealing exterior could put viewers off before they’ve even entered your property - that’s if they book the viewing in the first place…
The exterior of your property is the first thing anyone will notice about your home so take the time to showcase your property in the best light! A home that is well presented will look inviting to guests, as well as potential buyers.
Curb appeal doesn’t just help to sell your property, it can also help you save money in the long-term, as well as potentially help to increase the value of your street. By making a few simple adjustments, not only could you give your home the wow-factor, but you may also increase its value if you’re preparing your property for sale.
If your home’s exterior could use a refresh, try these 4 simple tips to help boost your curb appeal right away!
1. Perfect your greenery
One of the most effective ways to boost your property’s curb appeal is to add bright greenery to make your home more colourful and eye-catching.
If needed - give your front lawn a good mow, and water the grass to keep it looking healthy, especially in the summer months. Whether or not you have a front garden or simply a front door, adding a variety of colourful plants and flowers can also significantly improve your property’s attractiveness.
Don’t have a front garden? No problem. Having a few potted plants or window boxes are quick and affordable ways to add colour and personality to your home, especially if your outdoor space is limited.
Thinking about symmetry will help you when choosing where to place your greenery, having one plant pot either side or your front door will boost your property’s curb appeal more than having distracting plants across your front lawn. Making the most of your available space is key to creating a great first impression and a welcoming environment for visitors.
2. Refresh your property’s exterior
You only get one chance to make a first impression, and a home that looks tired and dirty will send the wrong message to visitors and prospective buyers. As visitors and viewers approach your home, they will notice how well it is looked after and how inviting it looks to enter.
Could your property’s exterior make a better first impression? A simple and effective way to boost your property’s curb appeal instantly would be to give your walls a thorough clean. Using a pressure washer can offer a quick and powerful way to clean away any dirt on the walls, pathway, garage, and driveway. If you don’t already own a pressure washer, you can hire or purchase one from many local merchants.
It is important to regularly clean your gutters too, as a clogged gutter can cause water damage to the interior and exterior of your home. Not only can this affect your curb appeal but it can also lead to a leaky roof which could cause financial and structural concerns down the line.
Be sure to fix any minor repairs, such as damaged fences and chipped paint, around the property as well. Adding a fresh coat of paint will also boost your property’s curb appeal and make your home more inviting to visitors, including potential buyers.
3. Modernise your lighting
A well-lit entry or pathway can really make your home stand out and invite people in, and the great news is that there are many affordable options to choose from when it comes to outdoor lighting!
Do you prefer a modern style? LED wall lights and hanging lights could be the perfect option for you. If you’re looking for a quick fix, solar powered light fixtures don’t require any wiring and are easy to install. They are also cost-effective, good for the environment, and can be placed almost anywhere.
For more simple and affordable ways to modernise the exterior and interior of your home, try our 8 top tips to modernising your home on any budget.
4. Spruce-up your front door
The front door is the focal point of the property. Having a beautiful entrance to your home will welcome visitors immediately.
Giving your front door a clean could do the trick but, if you have the time, consider re-painting your door with a colour that will enhance the character of your property. Don’t be afraid to be bold, a colourful door can really bring your home to life! If you’d like to add a splash of colour on the inside of your home too, take a look at our short guide for quick & creative ways to add colour to your home for inspiration.
If your front door isn’t in the best shape, and a lick of paint won’t cut it, have you considered the benefits of replacing the door entirely? Not only will a strong, well-built door provide you with security, but it may also affect the value of your property too. Front doors come in all shapes, sizes, materials and price brackets so it’s important to do your research and find the perfect door to suit your needs as well as your property’s character and style.
Not sure where to begin? This buyers guide from Real Homes may help you find the perfect front door for your home.
Taking the time to boost your property’s curb appeal will ensure your home sends out the right message and makes the best first impression.
If you are selling your property, this is your chance to stand out from the crowd and demonstrate to prospective buyers why this is the home of their dreams. Property listings will likely be highly competitive so make sure your property is eye-catching for the right reasons.
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