As we approach Easter, many homeowners will be considering putting their properties on the market or starting the process of searching for new home. A lot of emphasis is placed on making the inside perfect, but the outside can often be overlooked. So, in this article we thought we’d offer a few tips to maximise curb appeal. In this first of two articles, we’re going to focus on what you don’t want!
But first, what is curb appeal? It’s the all-important first impression when someone arrives outside the property. Even with the best photos online, an unkempt exterior can prevent more people that you’d think from venturing inside.
You may even have done it yourself? You’ve arrived at a property for a viewing, or taken an advance drive-by, only to be so put off by what you’re seeing that you can’t bring yourself to do the viewing.
So, what are the things which are to be avoided if at all possible?
You don’t need to have a fresh coat of exterior paint and new fixtures and fittings to maximise curb appeal, although it will help!
Here’s what you really don’t want, unless you’re selling a property in need of renovation:
Broken guttering or downpipes
Vegetation growing from the gutters
Water staining down the walls
Green or filthy fascia boards
Flaking exterior paint
Missing or slipped roof tiles or slates
Blown double glazing units (showing condensation within)
Cracked or broken glass
Broken or rusting fixtures, including gates and garage doors
This is on the property itself. It’s also important to give some thought and attention to the front garden, or whatever outside space is between your potential buyer and your front door.
Things to avoid in this space are:
Overgrown lawn and shrubbery
Weeds growing through the pavements
Moss covered walkways (this is also a slip hazard)
Animal droppings (which may not belong to your pet, others can be less than careful about where they let their dogs go!)
Litter such as wrappers caught in plantation or built up in corners
Broken or wobbly paving slabs
A gate which is improperly fitted, or on its last legs
Refuse bins and recycling containers, especially if full!
It’s also worth giving a thought to what else may be lurking as an unfortunate greeting to your visitor. Has someone created their idea of art in the form of graffiti, or let their dog foul the path near your gate? Or maybe someone has left something else less than ideal which could be picked up or washed away in seconds with a bucket of water?
This blog has focused on the elements to avoid in order to maximise curb appeal. In a following article, we’ll be looking at the nice touches that can make all the difference to making a great first impression.
As always, if you have any questions, feel free to get in touch.