If you’re about to put your property on the market, or even if you’re just feeling that it’s finally time for your frontage and street to get a revamp, then you need to look at your kerb appeal. Your kerb appeal is the wow factor that passers-by feel when they, well, pass by your house. If you’re selling, then you need that appeal as the front of your house and the garden is the first thing that people see when they come for a viewing. It’s your first impression, basically, so it needs to be a good one.
Start at the front door
If it’s a relatively new door, then a fresh coat of paint will give it the lift it needs. Try a bright classic colour like red or racing green for an instant makeover! A fresh coat of paint on your front door can net you an extra £1,000 or so on your asking price, so if you do nothing else, do this.
If you have a composite or plastic door then you can still clean it to restore its whiteness and you should also pay attention to brass fittings like the letterbox, the knocker and the numbers. If they’re particularly tatty then it doesn’t cost the earth to replace them.
Plant more plants and fix your lawn
If you have lots of bright flowers in your front garden and outside your front door, as well as a lush green lawn, then your photos will look amazing. Your place will look great in real life too.
Hang a few flower baskets and invest in some potted flowers for your doorway, then turn your attention to your lawn. If there are any bare patches or the grass is looking a bit yellow, then you should re-seed it with a kit from The Grass People so it’s even. Dead leaves, fallen twigs and any other detritus must definitely be banished for good, too.
Pressure-wash your patio or decking
Patios and decks get grubby so gradually that it’s easy to let it pass you by. Just hire a pressure-washer and bring everything up a few shades. If you have grubby-looking exterior walls, they’ll benefit from this sprucing-up, too.
Declare your boundaries
Potential buyers will need to know where your property begins and ends, so do something to make it stand out from your neighbours. Try painting or varnishing your fences and your gate, as well as trimming your hedges and freshening up your flowerbeds.
If your neighbours already have amazing gardens, then your aim is to catch up with them and if they’re only so-so, then you need to make sure your place is head and shoulders above them.
Take it to the street
Although the pavement and the road are for the council to deal with, you can only do yourself a favour if you make these areas look as good as you can. Remove litter, dead leaves and that recycling that seems to have been hanging around waiting for entropy to take care of it.
You could also offer to help your neighbours to bring up their kerb appeal too. If there’s too much disparity between your house-fronts, then viewers might worry about the people next door; you know they’re just very busy, so give them a hand.