We all know what a badly kept and run-down property looks like and sells for in today’s market. While some people will be perfectly fine with buying up an old, run-down property in order to spend thousands renovating it, a lot of people nowadays just want to find a nice home they can buy and move into straight away. Read on for our 5 helpful tips on making alterations to the exterior of your property to make it more attractive to potential buyers.
- 1. Gutter Cleaning and Lining
Proper property maintenance is pretty attractive to potential buyers (who knew?) so if you make sure your roof and gutters are clean, clear and free from cracks or broken sections this will really help your property to sell. If a gutter hasn’t been cleaned in a long time, water and debris are likely to build up, creating a dam of dirt that could do real damage to your roof if left unattended.
By clearing your gutter, you are reducing the chances of your roof suffering lasting damage through bad weather or debris falling onto the roof. As your roof provides a covering for the whole of your property, it is pretty important to ensure that it is well kept and free of debris in order to minimise damages! Roofs are pretty expensive to repair as well, so this is a good idea in both the long and the short term.
- 2. Spruce Up Your Front Garden
Like it or not, people do judge based on initial appearances and if your front garden is looking haggard or overgrown, this will put a big black mark against the checking book your potential buyers figuratively hold in their hand. Even some small effort such as cutting down on overgrown weeds and making it look relatively neat and tidy is preferable to letting your front garden run rampant over the threshold and the surrounding pavement.
There are professionals you can call in to tackle your garden, or you can have at it yourself with a lawn mower and a set of weed clippers. Once it has been pushed back effectively, it should take much more clipping on a regular basis in order to keep it looking neat for your prospective buyers. If you have a green thumb, perhaps consider planting some attractive flowers to appeal more to your buyers. If not, sometimes an array of cute lawn ornaments can help.
- 3. An Attractive Fence or Garden Gate
We all know the idyllic American concept of the two kids, the dream house, the white picket fence. In reality, the white picket fence is in itself, pretty desirable. Having an attractive fence surrounding the border of your property is a good way of keeping things neat and tidy while also maintaining your own sense of privacy. It is also a nice way of marking the border between the front of your property and say…the pavement ahead.
Some buyers are private people; they are looking for a reasonable property to call their own and they like the idea of having their own space. Installing a nice picket fence or some other type of attractive garden fence will appeal to this desire in buyers. It offers up a distinct boundary line between your property and the public space and also looks great when compared to just a simple front garden. It doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg too!
- 4. Install a New Garage Door
Potential buyers will want to look at their parking options if they drive a car, or will need to drive a car in order to get to work. Providing ample parking options is often a necessity depending on the specific location of your property and the access you have to public transport. Then again, even if public transport is in abundance, some people still prefer to have the flexibility of driving to work. Installing a new garage door will boost the aesthetic appeal of your property and will also draw the buyers eye.
- 5. Pressure-Washing
Over time and use, the brickwork of your property may get dirty and faded and this can sometimes look a little unattractive, particularly if you live near or next to newer, shinier properties. Get a pressure washer or invest in a professional to wash the brickwork of your property and see the difference a good wash can make to the appearance of your property. You will only need to make sure that the style of your property and its construction is safe for using a pressure washer, as you don’t want to do lasting damage to your property instead of simply cleaning it up. Looking into your property documents should shed some light on the situation, but if not you can always ask assistance from an experienced surveyor.
Whether you’ve lived in the property in question for quite some time, or you are simply buying it to do up and sell for a profit, it is always important to try and keep the property in the same style as the surrounding area. It is all very well and good to stand out from the crowd, but in this harsh property market, if you want your property to sell, it needs to be able to blend in with the surrounding neighbourhood. Try to make sure that every change you make improves the look of your property, but doesn’t change it altogether. After all, you want this investment to make money for you!
This article was written by Sara Bryant, working together with CDC Garage Doors to improve the appearance of homes across Dorset and surrounding areas.