How to Improve Your Property’s Kerb Appeal
Many people buy or rent homes based on gut instinct and emotion – just as much as practical considerations.
This is particularly true when it is going to be their family home, so it’s essential that yours feels “right” from the very moment they lay eyes on it. The best way to achieve this is by making sure the first glance they take at the property, otherwise known as it’s kerb appeal, entices them to look further.
Small things like broken fencing, a dodgy letterbox, loose pavers, overflowing rubbish bins outside or a front lawn that hasn’t been weeded properly can be really off-putting. The good news is that these issues are usually easily fixed, and it’s easy to make a great first impression. Here are a few things to focus on to make sure your property is dressed for success.
First impressions count
No matter what era or style your house is, it should look like a well-maintained, attractive and inviting home that people would want to live in. If your exterior is dirty or the paint job is old and peeling, this is where you can get the most bang for your buck. A fresh coat of exterior paint is a relatively cost-effective way to make your home look it’s sparkling fresh best. Failing that, a high-pressure water cleaner used on the exterior and driveway removes built-up dirt and grime, which can sometimes be enough to make a place look brand new again. Don’t forget to clean out the gutters and give them a hose down while you’re at it.
Beating a path to your door
If the first thing your prospective buyers will see is fencing, walls or a hedge, then these need a good sprucing up too if they’re not already tip-top. Repair, sand back and repaint picket fences. Stone or brick walls can be cleaned with a high-pressure washer. Pathways should be visually appealing, which means repairing and cleaning any broken, dirty or loose pavers. Remove oil stains from carports, garages or driveways. A new lick of paint can quickly transform a cement driveway.
Make an entrance
Your front door should be as inviting as possible. Repainting your front door in a striking colour – think a cheery yellow, bright blue or fire-engine red – can have a big impact for not too much cost or effort. If the glass dates it (think 70s yellow circles), consider replacing it. You could also install a shiny new door knocker, door-bell or house number too. To complete the look, surround your front door with a selection of potted plants. Try painting old pots in the same colour, or coordinating colours, as your new front door.
Sometimes it really is the little things that count. Does everything look clean and tidy down to the last detail? If not, what can you do? It might be something simple like tucking the rubbish bins out of sight or finding an attractive way to hide them away. Wash the windows, remove the cobwebs from the eaves, and look behind the windows at the curtains and window dressings. Edge your garden path so it’s neat and tidy and not overgrown. Be sure to remove leaves, junk or children’s toys from the front lawn and entrance. A brand-new letterbox or house number can also update your home’s look at low-cost.
In Queensland’s fabulous climate, outdoor space is always a huge selling point for buyers so be sure to maximise yours. This means mowing the lawns, weeding, and perhaps adding more plants, shrubs and flowers. Is there a way you can help buyers imagine themselves using the outdoor space to relax or entertain? If you don’t have a BBQ and outdoor setting, consider renting one for the sale, just as you may style the inside of a property.
Contact our team of real estate experts today to find out how we can help you maximise your property’s kerb appeal.