How to Improve Your Home’s Kerb Appeal

November, 2016

The way your home looks from the outside – its kerb appeal – is one of the most important things to consider when you’re selling your property. Overflowing gutters and an overgrown garden won’t win you any points with viewers. However, with just a few small changes, you could speed up the selling process dramatically. Want to find out how? Keep reading for our five top tips for improving your home’s kerb appeal.

Why is kerb appeal important?

Kerb appeal is important for listings. Buyers often look through hundreds of houses when they’re searching for their dream home, and the main photo of your listing is going to be the front of your property.

When people come to view your home, their first impression is what they see when they arrive in front of your property. A bad first impression can negatively colour the rest of the viewing. But don’t worry. With our tips, you can make sure your house looks great both on pictures and in person.

1. Door

Your door is like the eyes of the house. It’s the focal point, where people’s eyes are automatically drawn. Make sure your door is cleaned, free of scuffs and given a fresh coat of paint if possible. And don’t forget the accessories – polish or even replace any worn knockers, numbers or letterboxes.

2. Driveway or patio

It’s easy to forget about the ground outside your house. You’ve become used to walking on it every day – every time you enter and leave your home. The prospective buyer, on the other hands, will notice if it’s dirty, cracked or untidy. Clean it properly with a pressure washer and, if possible, sort out any loose or cracked flags.

3. Lighting

Good lighting is essential in photography, and it’s no different for your property. You need to display your home as best you can – showing all its good points in both the picture, and for the viewing. Taking pictures for your property listing on a bright, sunny day is always a good idea, but for the viewing you can’t depend on natural light. Some wall lights or outdoor floor lamps can make a huge difference for days when it’s gloomy.

4. Tidying the garden

Plants are great for improving kerb appeal. They add a splash of colour, but you need to make sure they don’t add anything else. A messy garden is not going to help your home sell. Ensure your plants are trimmed and weeds have been removed.

5. Outside your property

The street outside your property is the icing on the cake. You don’t own it, and you’re not selling it, but it can have a big impact on the buyer. Make sure there’s no litter around before viewings and sweep up any leaves in autumn. It’s a small step but it could prove very worthwhile.

Making selling easier

Little steps like this can make the selling process a lot easier. But one thing that’s essential in selling your home is a good estate agent. Weale & Hitchen are an independent estate agency with over 25 years of experience in selling property.

Our step by step sales process takes care of everything from valuation to the final sale with all the photography, advertising and viewings in between. Book a free valuation today or pop into one of our local offices in Bury, Holcombe Brook, Harwood, Ramsbottom and Rawtenstall.

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