Location may be at the top of many people’s wish lists when it comes to buying a home but there’s no doubt that kerb appeal comes a close second. There’s no second chances when it comes to first impressions so you want and need potential buyers coming to view your property to see it in the best light. With spring finally on the horizon (as well as a few Bank Holiday weekends), there’s no better time to try these small and inexpensive improvements to help get you moving.
The top thing you can do to ensure your home oozes appeal is to paint. Make sure any chipped paintwork is sorted and brighten darker rooms with a neutral colour - your daughter may love her purple room, but a prospective buyer probably won’t. If you want to break up the neutral tones, add some colourful accessories and art work that you can take with you when you move.
No matter what type of property you own, making your front door a focal point will always create kerb appeal. If you live in a house, give the door a fresh lick of paint and place plant pots either side to create a real welcoming. If you live in a flat with an internal front door, buy a welcome mat. If your house number and mailbox look tired, buy and install new ones.
Improve your landscape
Put down fresh soil in the garden, cut back overgrown bushes and add colour with flower beds or potted flowers. It’s a good idea to also clear leaves that have collected in gutters and corners of the driveway or garden.
Make the best use of space
You may well be happy to leave that odd-shaped corner of the room or alcove unused but to a potential buyer that creates the impression it cannot be used. Add a side table, desk or even shelves to suggest how the area could be used to maximize space in the home.
Declutter and depersonalize
You want potential buyers to be able to envisage themselves living in your home, which can be difficult when there are someone else’s personal belongings everywhere. Help them along by tidying away any unnecessary clutter and minimize family photos and children’s drawings from around the property.