Boost your kerb appeal
First impressions count, and if the first thing a buyer sees is a shabby front, it can set a precedent for the remainder of a viewing. Clean windows can instantly brighten the front of a property and have the added bonus of allowing more light to flood into rooms. Dust-free doors and window sills will also give the impression of a well-maintained home, as will repainting any badly cracked paintwork.
Create a backdrop
A tidy lawn or driveway will appeal to house proud buyers as well as hinting at future low maintenance. Prune overgrown plants, weed lawns and flowerbeds and ensure walkways are uncluttered and easy to navigate, providing clear access to the house. Crumbling brickwork and broken fences are equally as unsightly and can be fixed for a small sum. At the height of summer, parched lawns look less than impressive so a hanging basket or pots filled with flowers will add colour and draw attention away from less appealing spots.
Clear out clutter
Porches and hallways should always be emptied of their everyday clutter, such as shoes and coats, making the entrance feel larger and fresher.
Perfect any imperfections
Small surface imperfections may hint at larger, less manageable problems lurking beneath so repair hairline cracks and unsightly surface holes with polyfiller to allay such fears, repainting where necessary.
Look above and beyond
Before every viewing check rooms for cobwebs and the bathroom and kitchen for unsightly mouldy tiles. Replace any missing bulbs and lampshades.
Steve Lees, Head of Marketing at Email4Property.co.uk, comments:
“Giving your home your own mini survey before you ask an agent to value it will make sure it’s seen in the best light. Clear paths and tidy porches are small touches which take minutes to do but can reap rich rewards.”
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