Top 5 Ways to Boost Your Kerb Appeal
- Posted. 1 January 2021
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Around 70% of home buyers consider kerb appeal important when choosing a home. Does the front of your home look a little tired? Here is our guide on what exactly kerb appeal is and how you can maximise yours to increase buyer interest and get the best price for your property.
How Can I Improve My House’s Kerb Appeal?
1. Make Sure Your Front Door Gives A Good First impression
The front door may seem like a simple part of your home, but that doesn’t make it any less important to get right. After all, every visitor who visits your property and knocks on your door sees it up close. So, how can you make sure yours is in top condition?
If you’re looking to freshen up your front door with a coat of paint, we advise choosing a colour that introduces the tone of your interior decor. At the same time, be careful to make sure it doesn’t clash with your windows or exterior wall. And don’t forget you’ll need a durable outdoor paint that resists the elements. Peeling paint and mould can scare off buyers before they’ve even put a foot through the door, and they might not be willing to give the property a second chance.
If your door isn’t up to scratch, or perhaps you don’t mind spending a little more, you might consider buying a newer model. Replacing an old wooden door with a tough and stylish composite door leaves your property better looking and more secure than ever.
2. Make Your windows Shine
Almost three quarters of home buyers claim windows are the most important factor when increasing kerb appeal. It’s not hard to see why! Dirty or badly fitted windows can reduce lightflow and let cold draughts into your home – something a prospective buyer will see as a definite negative.
If dirt is the issue, you can carry out regular window cleaning yourself. All you need is vinegar, warm soapy water or a regular glass cleaner. But, if your windows or window frames are past their prime or damaged then it might be time for an upgrade.
The most durable option is aluminium window frames, which are light, strong and stylish. They can complement both period and modern homes perfectly and offer excellent insulation and security as well.
All of our window styles can also be made of UPVC, a high-performance and cost effective material. It allows you to upgrade to a modern finish for a very affordable price, and with so many colours and finishes on offer, you can personalise them to your home.
3. A Fresh Coat of Paint
For many home owners out there, a large proportion of your house exterior is painted. Unfortunately, this means faded or peeling paint is easily visible, even from a distance and gives your home a ramshackle appearance. Painting the whole thing may seem like a daunting task, but it’s well worth the effort and you won’t believe the difference it can make to your kerb appeal.
Just like how large areas of bad paint can be off-putting, having a clean high-quality paint finish will make your home look well-maintained and appealing. For prospective buyers, it can really make your property stand out and generate interest from a distance.
Choosing the right paint is vital, but if your property isn’t suitable for painting, a good jet-wash can have old brickwork looking good as new in no time.
4. Look After Your Roof
Keeping your roof in tip-top condition is a matter of practicality as well as style and fascias are the perfect example of this. Roof trim and fascias are both stylish and practical, as they give your house a neat appearance while also keeping your roof and interior safe from damp. Professional guttering is a must for this same reason. Rainwater running directly into drains prevents it from running down walls or pooling in the garden, preventing water damage and staining.
This really bumps your kerb appeal up a notch because it is a sign that not only is the property nice to look at, but also well looked after and less likely to need costly repairs in the future. This is both attractive to buyers and adds value to the property.
5. Spruce Up Your Garden and Driveway
The front drive or garden will be the first area of your property potential buyers walk through, so having the right atmosphere is a must. If you’re lucky enough to have a front garden, you can invigorate the space in any number of ways. Greenery in general is popular and fairly cheap; even small bushes or shrubs can provide a real feeling of life. With the right plants, pleasant green aromas can be detected by passers by, giving your house kerb appeal in another physical sense.
For those properties without a green space, drive maintenance is still a top priority and there are several options here too. A gravel drive is a sought after feature, and the same can be said of laid brick drives which tend to be slightly more expensive.
If you aren’t looking to spend a great deal, simply keeping the driveway free of clutter or weeds makes it feel more organised and welcoming. If it looks a little tired, the occasional jet wash will have the effect of brightening up an existing stone or concrete drive.
How Important is Kerb Appeal?
Put simply, kerb appeal is how attractive your property is to anyone approaching or passing by your home. If you’re planning on selling, this is very important; a house with a lot of kerb appeal creates word of mouth for free, as well as being a great draw for potential buyers.
The power of a strong first impression is not to be ignored. A first impression that wows will set the stage for a great house tour and will often be one of the key things house viewers remember. In fact, a great kerb appeal could persuade people to go for your house over others, even if it isn’t perfectly presented on the inside.
A person or couple leaving after a viewing will often turn around to get another look at the house and it’s front garden. This means the front of the property is both the first and last thing they see, making kerb appeal twice as important to get right.
So there you have it, our top 5 ways to boost your kerb appeal!