Selling a property can be a tense and frustrating time, particularly if you’re months or even years down the line and still finding it difficult to get people to visit your home for a viewing. While there are many factors that can affect how quickly a property sells after it comes to market (including the UK’s uncertain economy), sometimes a few simple cosmetic tweaks can make a big difference. If you are hoping to sell your property in the near future, here are 8 ways to improve the curb appeal of your home to help you attract more interest from potential buyers.
- Repaint the Property or Front Door
Repainting the exterior of a home can significantly improve the appeal and even the value of a property. According to research by Dulux, UK property buyers are willing to pay around 25% more for a freshly painted home. If you can’t afford to repaint the entire home, and your front door is a little tired, consider repainting it or varnishing in a bold colour to make it pop and give the property some character. At the very least, UPVC doors should be cleaned to make them as bright as possible.
- Make the House Name or Number Clear
In addition to making your home easier for potential buyers to find, ensuring that the property’s name or number is clearly visible will give it more of an identity. This is particularly true if the property has a name that gives it some personality, so you may want to invest in an attractive house name sign.
- Improve Lighting at The Front Door
A front door that is well lit is not only more inviting for visitors, but it also makes practical sense from a safety and security point of view. Solar-powered lights are an environmentally friendly solution that provide a soft and gentle glow.
- Clean and Clear Pathways
Your pathways and driveway should be clean and clear of clutter, so get to work removing moss, dirt, or weeds that have invaded the cracks between paving slabs. If you have a gravel driveway, this may have become messy, so you may want to recover it with new gravel. Alternatively, adding a new driveway made from resin could improve the look of your home even more, as it provides a smooth and neat finish with no loose stones. It’s worth examining as an option, as the cost of a resin driveway may be less than you think.
- Decorate Your Porch
If you have a porch, you should make a feature of it by adding some decorative flowerpots or herbs. If the plants smell good, that’s even better. You may also want to include some porch furniture, such as a chair and table if you have space.
- Tidy Up the Garden
It should go without saying, but your garden should be as well-maintained as possible, including neatly cut grass, trimmed hedges and no weeds. If your garden appears to be poorly kept, it can give the impression that the rest of the property has also been poorly cared for, which could be a deterrent for potential buyers.
- Spruce Up Your Windows
Your windows should be clean and smear-free so that they sparkle from the outside and let as much light into the home as possible. You should also clean the frames and repaint/reseal where appropriate.
- Hide ‘Everyday’ Items from View
Try to keep children’s toys and bikes, bins, tools and other personal items stored away during viewings. Seeing these everyday items can prevent people from picturing themselves in the home, and it’s very easy to simply move them from view.