ARTICLE: How to create “kerb appeal” to sell your property
So, you’re thinking of putting your house on the market? You’ve probably heard about baking bread or making fresh coffee during viewings; vases of flowers to give those all important first impressions. But before that consider your potential buyer walking up to your property and how will they feel in those first few moments.
When you’re in the initial stages of selling your home, or you’re waiting until the busy autumn period to sell your property, then you’ve got time now to think about some simple work to the outside of your house to give it real “kerb appeal”. The summer holidays are the perfect opportunity to do this work, or get tradesmen in to do it for you, as the weather is good for outdoor jobs and the property market tends to go dead in the school holidays. Then in September you are ready to get it onto the market and hit the ground running.
Make your property stand out
With a rendered property, giving it a fresh coat of paint is the number one thing you should consider before putting your house on the market. This will make the property look fresher and brighter, especially if you opt for white or modern colours like pink or grey tints. Also it will cover any unwanted water marks or stains on the walls. It will also protect the property and the walls going forward which would reassure a would-be buyer.
Adding plants and flowers to the exterior of your home will help create a wow factor when buyers approach your property. The obvious choice is hanging baskets as they look beautiful in the summer and add some much-needed colour. Also think about large planters, trellis with climbing plants like clematis or honeysuckle, and topiary hedges to create a formal effect. Ensure you water and dead head regularly to keep them looking fresh.
Windows & doors
To compliment exterior paint on the walls, freshly painted window frames and doors will ensure a consistent and smart look for your property. Cheltenham townhouse properties really benefit from good exterior paint work and finishes to doors in different colours. Painting wooden window frames will help prevent rot and keep them in good condition going forward and also makes maintenance easier with a quick wipe-down.
This might seem obvious, but the last thing to do is tidy up and make sure everything outside is as neat as possible. Try to hid things like bins, food waste and recycling boxes around the back of the property. Mow the lawn, weed between paved areas and around gravel and sweep up any debris around the paths and walkways. Also ensure kids toys are stowed away and there are no trip hazards around.
If you’re considering getting the exterior of your property painted ProGlos can help; our professional and friendly tradesmen will ensure a quality finish and take the hassle out of the job for you.
Find out more about our exterior painting and decorating services.