When the time comes to move on from your current home, it makes sense to boost the interest amongst potential buyers, which is often referred to as kerb appeal.
Kerb appeal is all about presenting a picture perfect front to your property, to entice property hunters in to see the rest of your home. A tired, shabby exterior never gives the best first impression, so by making the extra effort to improve your home’s kerb appeal, you’re bound to make a sale quicker and for a much better price.
Here, we’ve offered up 5 ways to improve the kerb appeal of your home. Each of the suggestions are well-known for piquing the attention of potential buyers, and they can all be added or improved in little to no time at all.
1. Replace your tired front door
Passers by and those who approach your home will be instantly drawn to the property’s front door. If your door appears to be tired and faded, or even just a little plain, your home won’t have the same wow factor that it could have, with a quick and simple door replacement.
Consider installing a durable composite door in a lovely bright colour, to really draw the buyer’s eye and create an appealing focal point for your property. If you’re worried about going over the top with the colour, a subtle shade will also work wonders, so long as it still stands out from the rest of the property front.
You should also consider adding some stylish house numbers to the door, and perhaps a lovely letter box and handle, all of which will add to the excitement of owning the home amongst potential buyers.
2. Boost the greenery
No matter whether you have an extravagant driveway or a quaint front footpath, a boost to the greenery will instantly improve your property’s kerb appeal.
It could be that you already have a fair amount of plants, flowers and bushes that need a little tending to, or you might need to start from scratch and introduce some natural elements to your property front. Either way, it’s an incredibly quick and simple way to present a home that many would want to live in.
Think about the different areas you could add some greenery to your space. In the borders around your drive, in a window box, or perhaps in a couple of planters positioned on either side of the door. Whichever way you choose to boost the greenery, make sure it’s done so in a tidy and tasteful way.
3. Light up your home
Lighting up the outside of your home plays a crucial role in boosting your home’s kerb appeal. They will create a warming ambience to anyone that passes by in the evening – property hunters will often make a second trip past your home to see what it’s like at different times in the day.
Try out lighting in different areas before deciding on where’s best to place it. You could see what the lighting looks like when place on both sides of the door. Perhaps your pathway would look instantly appealing with some lights leading the way up it. If you have any trees or other focal points in your front garden, try casting some light on them so that they maintain their impact as the evening draws in.
Lighting will make your home look warm in the nighttime, and any potential buyers will immediately feel comforted and eager to head inside when they’re greeted by this inviting appearance.
4. Revitalise the front
From repainting the walls to scrubbing the windows and cleaning out the gutters – give your home a new lease of life to attract more buyers. You might not realise just how much dirt has gathered over time, until it comes to cleaning and tidying up the front.
This task can take a little more time than the rest of the suggestions in our post, so we would recommend planning ahead if you want to fit this in. Weather can be unpredictable and you will need a good day to repaint the house and clean the gutters out. It could also take longer than you anticipated, so make sure to plan ahead in order to leave yourself plenty of time to get the job done.
5. Invest in the finishing touches
While some buyers enjoy a project, many other buyers will be impressed by a home that’s ready to move into immediately, without any additional work required. To give these buyers everything they could ask for, think about investing in quality finishing touches that aren’t exactly necessary, but will certainly help to drive a sale.
From installing a lovely gate and a brand new footpath, to replacing the fence and even introducing a simple outdoor porch to the front door. It’s entirely up to you how much you want to invest in these finishing touches and to what extent – even the simplest of additions will boost your property’s potential.
Each home is different and the amount of work that is needed to boost its kerb appeal will differ from one to another. These 5 suggestions offer something that any homeowner can make use of, to make their property more appealing and to grab a sale quickly. If you have any of your own, feel free to share them with us and our other readers!