As summer draws closer, it’s important to shift our focus onto our kerb appeal instead of just the interior of our homes. The good thing is, you can do all of this on a budget and whenever you’re ready to sell your property.
Most homebuyers often make up their minds by assessing the exterior of a house, and often you find prospective buyers doing drive-bys before they even consider a viewing. This shows that Kerb appeal plays a huge role in influencing a buyer’s decision, so by maximising your outside space, you could greatly improve your chances of a good sale.
Spring/summer is the perfect time to handle home improvement projects (especially outside ones!), so we’ve come up with some low-cost ideas for improving your kerb appeal without seeking professional help…
Schedule general cleaning
Consider creating a plan so that you can handle the most important and affordable first. Ensure that you have a rough estimate of each project so that you can set your budget accordingly.
It’s common for different parts of the home to accumulate dirt during different seasons. Cleaning is one of the inexpensive ways to give your home an instant lift. Get a power washer for your front pavement, porch, driveway, and walls.
Change your perspective
Chances are, there are a lot of things you won’t discover if you don’t give your home an objective look. The best thing is to scrutinise your entire property through the eyes of an outsider. You will be able to determine if you still find it attractive, even with the chipping paint.
Take note of the areas you need to pay extra attention to during the day and at night. You can also ask for the opinion of your friends or neighbours!
Take care of your garden
Your lawn and garden should be in tip-top shape all year round. Apart from giving your home a neat appearance, it will send a positive message to your visitors and prospective buyers that the home is well cared for. Set aside time to mow your lawn and reseed the grass if needed.
An edger can help you achieve a professional look. Supply the bed with enough mulch to stunt weed growth, then trim the trees and branches.
Reduce the clutter in your front garden by keeping things like BBQs, bikes, toys, gardening equipment, etc. in your shed or in the garage. You can also dispose of things you no longer need completely.
Many homeowners tend to hold on to decorative elements due to sentimental reasons. If your house number and letterbox look outdated, then it’s time to replace them with distinctive ones.
Another task you could tackle is to paint your front door with a fresh coat of paint, ensuring the colour fits with the rest of the exterior. Placing versatile plant pots on your front door or steps can give your home an irresistible effect.
Change light fixtures
This is another cost-effective way to beautify your exteriors. Buyers may come view your property in the evening when the light starts to dim, so it’s best to create a nice impression. Up-lights running down your pathway, or a nice couple of golden glowing lights near the door can create a sense of warmth and highlight how great your exterior looks.
If you’re looking to sell soon and would like some tips on how to make the most of your home’s exterior, get in touch and we would be happy to offer our expert advice.