They say you never get a second chance to make a first impression, and that is never more true than when it comes to selling your home. A potential buyer’s first glimpse at your property will have them making up their minds before you’ve even opened the front door.
A neglected exterior can tell a story of neglect and hint at expensive repairs. Most of all, you want buyers to picture themselves coming home every night to the house and leading happy lives inside those four walls- so it’s vital to create what’s know as ‘curb appeal’ to draw them in and see what else the house has to offer. Here’s how to get it right first time:
Create a Welcoming Entrance
Be it grand or humble, the entrance to your home needs to provide a warm welcome to potential buyers. A great front door invites them in and gives an impression of security and the house being well cared for – so if you have a dated door consider an upgrade. A statement colour can give a shot of life to a bland house and create instant personality. If you don’t want to replace the front door entirely, a bit of paint and some new shiny hardware can give it a facelift and make it seem new. Go for chrome fittings for a modern look or aged brass for a more rustic feel. Don’t forget a house number or name plate so the house is easy to find. From elegant slate to bold engraved metal and ultra-modern perspex, there’s a choice to suit the style of your home. So get creative and mark your door out from the rest.
Get Some Plant Power
Plants and shrubbery are a really quick way to update the look of the front of your house and soften any less than beautiful features. The secret is to choose a planting scheme that complements the character of your property. Traditional house? Topiary and Bay trees give a sense or order. Angular lines? Soften them with some trailing foliage. Planters give an instant fix and are easy to move around to dress the property up. Herbs such as rosemary and lavender can add a sensory dimension too. Evergreen shrubs are always a good option as they provide some year-round color and are super easy to maintain.
Shine a Spotlight
Adding some lighting to the exterior of your property can make it really appealing and highlight any unique architectural features you have. Making a warm welcome can be as easy as installing a new porch light, or outline a pathway with a string of solar powered lamps. This will help your property sell in no time, along with tips you can find here.
Outline Your Path
Having a clearly defined pathway will welcome buyers right to your door. So think about using low level hedging, a well placed border or some lighting to highlight a pathway. You could also resurface it with gravel or slate chippings for a neater finish.
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