How to boost your kerb appeal from estate agents in Southsea
We all know how important kerb appeal is when it comes to putting your house on the market and actually getting a sale. Not only does it boost your chances of selling, but it can greatly increase the value of your home too. By not taking care of the exterior and everything that surrounds your house, you could be losing a great deal of money from the final offer.
You want to make the best first impression on your potential buyers - give them a reason to say "wow!" and be excited to look inside. It doesn't have to cost a fortune to upgrade your exterior and there are plenty of ways to boost your kerb appeal that can be done DIY-style. But if you did want to take it that bit further, you have all the trades to choose from that could give your house a new lease of life.
Here are some tips on how to boost your kerb appeal from estate agents in Southsea.
This sort of job often gets put to the bottom of the list when you're living somewhere you've been for a while. They can be a pain to sort out but can make a great difference to any potential buys who are viewing your home.
Firstly, it can be a safety issue. Buyers with pets or children are going to want to ensure the property is secure and safe when they have people or pets running around outside. Any broken gates could be a deal-breaker for family units especially. Also, leaky guttering or cracked pipes running outside the house will make it look unkept. Water can drip down onto the grass or pavements below, causing water damage like cracking or rotting. To stop the knock-on effect of a broken gutter, make sure they're cleaned and repaired if needs be.
Broken fencing can also be a privacy issue. If they know it's been broken in the past, it's clear that it could happen again. Whether it was simply due to wear and tear, or other circumstances, it can decrease the value of the property as well as affecting the privacy you once had. Any missing fence panels or cracks and holes open up the garden and other outside spaces to nosey neighbours and passers-by. This can be off-putting for potential buyers. A lick of paint and repair work or new fencing altogether are both great options to avoid decreasing your house's value from broken gutters and fences.
Being estate agents in Southsea, we know how appealing it can be to live in a coastal town. For a lot of people, you've got beaches and sea views right on your doorstep. This can be a great selling point. But whether you live on the coast or in the city centre, have you taken into consideration what your actual doorstep looks like?
First impressions can make or break your property sale. As they walk up to the front door, you want guests and viewers alike to feel welcomed. An easy way to do this is to give your front door a lick of paint. Weathering and general use can leave it looking sad and dull, so without breaking the bank you can invest in a welcoming colour of paint and brighten up the front of the house. Don't forget to clean the windows if there are any on there, and get rid of those pesky cobwebs and watermarks around the frame too!
If you're looking for a more dramatic result, you could invest in a brand new door. It's a way of modernising an older property and is going to make a striking impression when people turn up. Also, if you're tight on space out the front this could be a new time to involve some potted plants or new decor right at the front door. It creates a seamless transition from outside to inside and leads you into the pristine interior!
This is a low-cost way of boosting the kerb appeal of any property. These days, most window frames we see are white which get dirty very easily. They can quickly become dull and make the whole house look dingier than it should. If you don't want to spend money on this, a simple cloth and warm, soapy water would suffice. Wiping the frames and window sills down will immediately seem brighter and more inviting. However, if the dirt or rust is more stubborn - you can always repaint and freshen them up even more.
The windows are leading people to look inside, so if they're not inviting your potential buyers might not even want to look inside at where you've spent so long making a home. Don't forget the glass itself though. Especially if you're used to sticky fingers and/or wet noses around the house - you don't want the windows looking smeared and dirty. Make them sparkle and you'll notice the difference right away looking from the inside out as well as your viewers will from the outside in!
Kerb appeal is all about making your house's exterior attractive for potential buyers. This doesn't just mean everything that's attached to the house. As estate agents in Southsea, we often see people who have revamped the brickwork and cleaned the gutters but have neglected the front garden or pathways leading up to the house. Having an unappealing entrance can take away all the hard work done on the property's exterior and interior.
To start with, a good weeding session and power wash will make all the difference. We're all guilty of neglecting the weeds and from time to time but you'll probably find your driveway is a whole different colour underneath! Also, have a think about replacing any cracked or missing paving as it will make the entrance far more accessible for people with pushchairs, wheelchairs or mobility issues. Not only will the repairs be beneficial for kerb appeal, but for safety too.
We understand that not everyone has garden spaces. But if you do - it's important to maintain it in order to aid the value of the property.
A neglected garden can transform a tidy, modern home into an unkempt, uninviting building. If the outside of your house is well looked after, it will reassure people that the inside is just as lovely! Now if you want to hire a landscape gardener it will usually make the biggest impression. However, it's not necessary to boost kerb appeal if you're working with a budget. There are ways you can improve your garden little by little to make a big impact.
We're going to mention those pesky weeds again. By tackling them at the start of the season, you can get there before the roots grow too much and they become stubborn tenants. Also, trimming overgrown plants and shrubs will open up the space, make it look bigger and much tidier. If you do this regularly it will also keep the plants looking healthier and won't be such a big job each time!
It's surprising how much difference a freshly cut lawn can make too. Keeping the length down makes it look flatter and healthier. Invest in some grass seed if you're noticing dead patches - it will finish off the garden nicely. You don't have to have a green thumb to maintain your garden well. Just make sure any plants you do have are trimmed and watered so they stay healthy and keep it as tidy as possible!
Depending on how old your property is, it is going to determine how much work may need to be done to make the most impact here. There are lots of tricks to transform the exterior for all different house types, budgets and capabilities. Firstly, touching up any brickwork with some masonry paint will freshen it up and get rid of the weathering effects that are unavoidable. You don't have to stick to the house's original colour either. We'd suggest steering clear of any outlandish colours, but something new could help modernise the building.
Although they aren't common, if you have external shutters on your windows, they make for great character and even if you don't use them they are nice decorative elements. So these can always have a fresh coat of paint too to match the new and improved exterior.
If you're looking to spend more to really change up the property, you could consider a complete recladding of the outside. This will set you back a few thousand pounds so it's definitely an investment but will almost certainly see a big impact on the value of the house afterwards! This decision also means you can work the design around the interior if you wish and make the whole property flow.
It goes without saying that the interior of a property is where most people prioritise when buying or selling. This is where you'll spend most of your time and it's the parts you'll be looking at most often. However, if the house isn't comprehensive as a whole, you could lose your potential buyers as well as value.
Whether you're on a DIY budget or looking to completely revamp, there are plenty of ways you can maintain and upgrade your home to appeal more to buyers. Having the exterior looking smart will encourage people to carry on inside and reassure buyers that you've looked after it. They'll know they have something well-loved and cared for.
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