Be honest. How welcoming does your home look? Are your paths clear? Is your lawn looking a little unruly? What about the state of your doors and windows? It’s easy to think that these property features don’t mean much, but if you’re trying to sell your property and your home is lacking in curb appeal, you could be inadvertently sabotaging a sale.
One of the biggest mistakes property owners make when they’re trying to sell, is purely focusing on the inside. Interestingly, the exterior of a property and its curb appeal is just as important, with more than 68% of potential buyers stating that curb appeal is an important factor in buying a home.
It’s also worth noting that a freshly updated property exterior could increase the value of your home by around 10%.
So, is your home turning off buyers before they’ve stepped through the door? Let’s explore how to give your property curb appeal.
Whether you have a couple of window boxes, a driveway lined with flowers, or a rolling front lawn, signs of good garden maintenance is an essential part of boosting your property’s curb appeal. Your front gardens and boxes etc should be neat, tidy and weed-free. Lawns should be mown and well-kept. You’ll find Ryobi replacement parts for your gardening equipment here.
Vegetation that is overhanging walls, gates, paths or driveways should be trimmed back to make it look tidier. If you’re not green-fingered, don’t worry about planting row upon row of beautiful flowers and making more work for yourself. Simply keep your vegetation tidy and add some pre-arranged planters for a splash of color.
If you’re noticing root rot, long-lasting puddles, and damp issues then your property could have drainage issues. Surveyors can pick up on damp saturated ground easily, so check your gutters or consider installing a French drain. French drains can look like nothing more than gravel landscaping when installed properly, and can potentially increase appeal.
Keep Paths and Driveways Clean
A mossy, grimy-looking footpath to the front door, isn’t exactly welcoming. Nor is a dirty driveway with weeds sprouting between the cracks. Adding weedkiller will keep those unwanted plants at bay and having your paths and driveways power washed regularly will keep everything looking fresh, clean and welcoming.
Refresh your Front Door and Windows
Over time doors and windows can look tired and dirty. So, have your windows and doors cleaned professionally in time for house viewings (clean windows let in more light).
If your front door is looking a little tired, give it a lick of paint with some suitable PVC or wood paint. Updating the color could be enough to add further value to your property. Adding a new house sign or number to your property can also make it look more attractive and welcoming.
If you’re seeking a full-service option, Renewal by Andersen windows can take care of the entire replacement process from start to finish. They provide a product that is durable, lasting, energy-efficient, and customized to fit you and your home.
Add Outdoor Lighting
There’s nothing more welcoming than a stylish outdoor light, illuminating your front door on a cold, dark evening. Warm hues from lantern, solar or LED style exterior lights can add a much-needed boost of curb appeal to your home. They’ll also give you additional points for security, something which many prospective buyers take into consideration.
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Now you know the right approach, you can start sprucing up the exterior of your home and improving its curb appeal as soon as possible.