Even those with the keenest and most talented eye for interior design can struggle when it comes to curb appeal – especially because a lot of people have an ‘out of sight, out of mind’ approach and focus too much on the interior of their property when it’s time to sell. However, analyzing the external aspects of your property from an outsider’s perspective is crucial to adding value when it’s time to put your property on the market.
Here are some easy methods to try.
Fix Any Broken Fences
Having a fence around your property is a plus in itself, but it needs to be a fence in tip-top condition. Lots of things can compromise the condition of a fence, such as heavy winds or dirt build-up, but a fence missing a slat or dropping out of place will leave your property looking neglected. Make regular checks on your fencing outside to keep it up to scratch, and give it a fresh coat of paint if you really want it to look its best.
Show Off Your Front Door
The front door of your property should look clean and secure, so if it’s not, you may want to think about replacing it with a new door. Your color choice can also make a difference – especially on a crowded street if many other houses are for sale. You may want to choose a bold color different from all the rest to have your property stand out.
Whatever you choose, including a door number on your door can make a lot of positive difference, too.
Improve and Dress Your Windows
Upgrading your windows is a great investment for your property and not just for your curb appeal. It will help your home to be more efficient and eco-friendlier with new windows installed, as well as looking aesthetically pleasing. You can find a variety of styles to fit your property with suppliers like timberwindows-direct.co.uk.
Once you have the windows themselves upgraded, how you choose to dress them is also important. From an outsider’s perspective, you don’t want mess or bulky items to be visible, like a Christmas Tree still up in July, clutter on the windowsills, or the backs of big furniture items. Keep your window views free, clean and clear, and think about extras like window boxes with flowers.
You can’t help needing trashcans for your property, and viewers will know this, but that doesn’t mean they look great displayed by your front door – especially if it’s the day before collection and they’re a little bit full. If you can’t permanently relocate your trash away from the front of your property, try to move it out of sight, at least for viewings.
Keep Your Grass Tidy
You don’t have to completely overhaul your garden for viewings (though that can, of course, add value), but at the very least, it should be tidy and show purpose. If you have a lawn, this needs to be cut short and be well maintained, even if it’s a minimalistic patch of grass, and if you do add any extras like flowers and plants, make sure they can be maintained to thrive and not look neglected. If you’re not green-fingered, it may be best just to stick to a clean and tidy minimalistic look.