The housing market has been up and down over the last few years. And it’s hard to know whether your home will sell when you need it to. But improving the kerb appeal of your home is one of the best ways to help your chances of a quick sale.
If you’re looking to get your home ready for market, or simply improve it for a future move up the property ladder, here’s a few things to consider.
Get your exterior in order
The first thing you need to do is fix the obvious problems. Broken guttering, slipped tiles and mossy roofs are not only noticeable but could also cause damage to your home. If your front gate, walls or fences are damaged or shabby, it’s not going to give the impression of a well-cared for home. It may not be a big problem, but it will detract from your home’s kerb appeal.
If you’ve got a garden, then overgrown plants and weeds should be tended to. Make it look neat and tidy. Perhaps add some window boxes and flowers.
Create some off-street parking
Did you know that a parking space can sway a house sale? You may not realise it, but a driveway is for some, the most appealing feature of a home. In a world where many of us now own a car, a guaranteed parking space, off the roadside, is a real bonus.
Of course, you don’t want to simply tear up the whole front garden to completely tarmac the outside. But a gently sweeping tarmac driveway, bordered with plants can provide the best of both features.
Transform those ugly features
The final thing to consider, is transforming those ugly or dated features that turn potential buyers off. There are many practical or decorative features that just aren’t good for kerb appeal. It can be simple things like net curtains in the windows or garden gnomes, that are easy to get rid of.
But it can also be trickier features such as dated uPVC, pebbledash or the bins clogging up your front garden. If you’ve got a uPVC door and windows that simply look wrong for the character of your home, then it could be worthwhile replacing them for a more sympathetic style. However, if they’re quite new but just not appealing, you could paint them in a fashionable colour such as sage green or matt black.
Pebbledash can be equally improved with a coat of paint, or if you’ve got the budget, new render. And bins? If there’s no where else to store them, hide them with an attractive storage unit.