Step up your curb appeal

Often described as curb appeal, the impression people get on first sight can have a huge impact on their decision to view your property, whether that be on a drive-by or when looking at the photos taken by your estate agent.

Most potential buyers cannot visualize changes and often won’t take a second look at a house if the first look doesn’t appeal. Those that do have the ability to see past the presentation will be expecting you to reduce your price to compensate for the work they have planned.

So you can help to encourage them through the door by spending some time working on the exterior appearance and also be confident of achieving the best possible price for your home.

Take a good hard look – What could you do to make it more attractive?

We suggest you give some consideration to these areas, some of which are relatively cheap and others that may require a modest investment.

  • Give your front door a fresh lick of paint or if required consider replacing with a new one
  • Clean the doorstep and get a new door mat
  • Place colourful pots to the side of the door if there is sufficient space
  • Remove any mold from walls and the path and cut back any plants overhanging the path
  • If you have trees or bushes blocking the view of the house then trim or remove them
  • Put away any unnecessary garden tools or implements
  • Regularly clean the windows
  • Mow the lawn and get rid of weeds and leaves
  • Find a place out-of-the-way to park your dustbin
  • Add exterior lighting if possible as most drive-bys will be in the evening

It’s difficult to look at our own house in the same way that potential buyers do, because when we become accustomed to the way something looks and functions, we can’t see its faults. Decide right now to stop thinking of the property as your home. It’s a house—a commodity you want to sell for the highest price possible.

By stepping back and trying to view your property as a potential buyer would you should be able to identify which of the above areas require some attention.

Spending time and effort on getting your property ready for sale will pay dividends by helping you achieve a quicker sale and the best possible price.

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