Kerb appeal is simply how attractive your home looks to passers-by, and it’s a key thing to consider if you’re looking to sell your home.
With just a small amount of time or money, you can make a real difference to your viewer’s first impression before they even step through your front door.
Kerb appeal won’t make or break a deal, but it creates the right first impression and will get potential buyers over the threshold. With buyers generally taking just eight seconds to make up their minds about a property, putting in a little time and effort here could make a whole lot of difference.
Every house, whatever the façade, can have kerb appeal – it’s about making the most of your property and keeping it well maintained. Chipped paint or dirty windows on the outside will only leave buyers wondering what other issues may lurk elsewhere in the house.
Read on for the Hour Hands top tips on how to achieve instant kerb appeal. And don’t forget, if you’re selling your home, our Home Improvement team can help you achieve its full value. Contact us to find out more.
TOP TIPS FOR KERB APPEAL
Paint your front door
It sounds simple but this is the first thing that people look at. There’s a whole host of paint colours to choose from that can really add an instant wow factor to your home. Try Farrow and Ball or the Little Greene Paint Company for both traditional and contemporary colours.
- Invest in quality door furniture
Invest in the best quality you can, and choose furniture in keeping with your property; heavy period-style door knockers and letter boxes will look instantly out of place unless your home is from that era. For a contemporary look, opt for brushed aluminium or chrome styles.
Spruce up the windows!
This is an easy fix – clean them inside and out, and check that any curtains and blinds are clean and open fully. Also pay attention to the paintwork – it may just need a wipe down, but if it’s looking a little tired and chipped then it may be worth investing in the time to touch it up.
Window boxes always look great and add a splash of colour to your home. If you aren’t great at remembering to water these, geraniums are a great choice as they add colour, are inexpensive and don’t need loads of water.
- Clear paths and driveways
Make sure the leaves are swept, gardening tools are tidied away and that cars are neatly parked. If your driveway usually looks like a small car park, try to park off the drive during viewing times to give buyers an overall view of the front of your home. If your drive is looking a little worse for wear, consider blasting it with a pressure washer, or replacing it with gravel, both of these fixes are quick and relatively inexpensive. Finally hide your bins, either tuck them away in the garage or shed, or invest in a bin store.
Create an instant transformation and inject colour across your front garden by introducing plants and pots. Remember, any pots you use can be taken to your new home, so they are a definite investment. When choosing the plants think about the colour contrast with your front door, scented plants will always be welcoming to visitors.
Adding a porch light will not only help you find your keys late in the evening, but will also add style. Solar lighting along the path and in plant beds will add character very inexpensively.