There are lots of relatively simple ways to ensure your property gives an excellent first impression to passers-by, while also boosting its value. And with summer on the way, now is the time to get creative with the look of your house and garden. Even straightforward maintenance and tidying can have a big impact on potential buyers, as well as saving you money through the prevention of long-run problems.
Freshen up the front door
As the entrance way to your home, your front door makes a statement about your whole property. It determines whether or not guests or potential buyers will think it’s welcoming and well maintained. Barbara Corcoran, American property tycoon, has argued that buyers decide to purchase a home in the first eight seconds of a viewing, so first impressions really do matter.
Improving your front door is fairly simple. A quick refinishing can rejuvenate weather-beaten wood. Using metal polish on the door fixtures can remove the rust and dirty spots making an old door look new. And a fresh coat of paint allows you to add colour and character to your home.
Renew your exterior
Whether the walls are brick, stone or covered in cladding, touching them up can bring your home back to life after the cold winter months. A complete re-rendering or repointing will have the biggest impact, but could set you back several thousand pounds, dependent on the size of the property.
However, door and window repainting will only cost around £500 while still adding value. Cheaper fixes like hanging baskets and flowerpots will also make a difference. A fresh, attractive exterior could add up to 10% to your home’s value.
Tidy up your pathway
One of the cheapest and easiest ways to enhance the kerb appeal of your home is ensuring any pathways are pristine. A quick power wash will rejuvenate the route to your entrance, removing dirt and stains. Clearing away weeds and replacing any cracked paving stones will not only improve the look of your path, but make it safer for when the winter ice returns. Ensuring your home has flat paths is essential for those with pushchairs, wheelchairs or little toddlers – so easy access should increase the number of potential buyers for your property.
Manicure the garden
A well-maintained garden will be much more enjoyable for those few sunny days we’ll have this summer. It doesn’t take much to trim back an overgrown garden, but it will vastly improve its charm, potentially along with the value of your home. General upkeep is good practice but the more ambitious may wish to consider landscaping projects. Make sure to rid your garden of unwanted weeds early in the season before their roots grow too deep and spread throughout.
A gorgeous garden will always attract more potential buyers, especially when the weather is pleasant. Stunning landscaping could add up to 20% to the value of your property, so a few hours spent as an amateur Monty Don will be well worth your effort.
Richard Sexton is business development director of e.surv chartered surveyors.