Saturday, 21 October 2017

Take the experts’ advice... step up your kerb appeal

YOUR home is possibly the biggest asset you own, writes Lucy Boon, so when you are thinking of selling it,

YOUR home is possibly the biggest asset you own, writes Lucy Boon, so when you are thinking of selling it, some minor changes to the look and feel of the house could make a huge difference, to the value of tens of thousands of pounds, according to our local agents.

“With 95 per cent of buyers searching for property online, first impressions are vitally important,” says Philip Booth of Philip Booth Esq.

“If you are thinking of putting your house on the market this month, to move before Christmas, then now is the time to get the ball rolling and consider some external decoration to help you to get the best price for your home, within your desired timeframe.”

If you’re still not sure, get in touch with a local agent and ask for tips about how to give potential buyers a great first impression.

For a full list of local agents, go to www.henley standard.co.uk/property/ agents.php



In the meantime, here are some tips, tricks and potential DIY projects to ponder.



1. Respect the architecture of your property — and of your street

Got a Sixties house but your preferred style is Tudor? You’re never going to get the look right when your house was made to be something else.

Get the best result by being true to the heritage of your house, while keeping it up-to-date with a modern kitchen, bathroom and fittings.

Likewise, make sure your choice fits well with the neighbourhood, too.



2. Turn your front door into a feature

The front door is the focal point of your property’s kerb appeal, so turn it into a statement. Sometimes you may have to replace your door — especially if it doesn’t match the style of house (for example, don’t put a Victorian-style door on a Fifties bungalow).

But if you can’t afford to replace your door, try repainting with a tone that complements things.

Try to match all the doors in the street, or at least make them work together.



3. Create symmetry

This is simple to achieve and is very pleasing to the eye. For example, if your front door or porch area is dressed with pot plants, ensure there is an equal number on each side — and any outdoor lighting often looks better in pairs.



4. Pretty-up your path

If you have a path leading up to your front door, make sure it’s in good shape and works well with the rest of the garden décor.

Also make sure there are no potential trip hazards, especially as first viewings often happen in the early evenings when it’s darker.

Lighting — mains or solar — will clearly illuminate a path or entrance, as well as adding to the kerb appeal.

Philip Booth adds: “This kind of thing could be the difference between a buyer driving by and then booking a viewing, or just driving by.”



5. Put on a front

People make up their minds within seconds of seeing a property’s exterior for the first time.

How a house, and street, is presented for the world to see can be the difference between someone bothering to view it or not.

The arrival at the front door should set the scene for what’s to come, and whet a potential buyer’s appetite.

Likewise, if the street your house is on looks unkempt, with weeds growing in the pavement and a dirty kerb, this will tell potential buyers everything they need to know about the kind of neighbourhood the property sits in.

In short, the street is an extension of your property, so make sure it looks its best.

If your budget stretches to it, think about getting a professional landscape designer to come up with a plan of action.



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