Giving your home’s exterior a new look
Thinking about selling your home? If you’ve ever seen a property development show, you’ll know that often, it’s necessary to spend a little money to make money.
The appearance of your home – and in particular, the first impression it makes on prospective buyers – is a crucial factor in getting your asking price. So it’s imperative that you invest in getting your property’s exterior up to standard in these key areas:
Cracked and missing roof tiles covered in moss is about as big a statement you can make to a potential buyer that you’re not serious about selling your home. In their mind, they will be convinced a roof in that kind of shape means the property almost certainly suffers from leaks – or will in the near future. Even if that’s not the case, no amount of convincing is likely to change that perception.
The inconvenience of fixing a problem that big will likely result in a buyer knocking tens of thousands off an offer price, if they make an offer at all. So make sure your roof tiles are in good shape before listing your property for sale.
Due to the dangerous nature of roofing repairs, don’t try this one at home. Call in the professionals to give you a quote on repair and replacement. Make sure you get quotes from more than one supplier to ensure you’re getting the best price possible.
Adding shutters to your home doesn’t just give your exterior an elegant look and feel; shutters also give you more control over the flow of natural light throughout your home’s interior.
Opting for DIY shutters is a great way to afford your home both of those benefits without breaking the bank. Potential buyers will not only be treated to a classic-looking window exterior, they’ll also be impressed with the ambience your new shutters create inside the house.
Do your weatherboards look weathered? Then it’s time to break out the paint.
While it’s tempting to do a patch-up job and paint over the cracks, you should see this as an opportunity to make your house stand out from others for sale. So sand down your cladding and give your home’s exterior a new lease of life.
You could opt for a striking colour, such as baby blue, but the more current option is to go with a “fashion neutral” colour, such as slate gray or navy. This injects a little flavour into your home’s exterior colour scheme without looking too gaudy or outlandish.
Nothing looks worse than a rotten perimeter fence, full of gaps. It’s usually the first thing a visitor sees of your property, so having a damaged fence will raise questions in that person’s head as to the state of neglect inside the property. It will also make them question how serious you are about security.
Rather than just hammering a couple of boards over the gaps, make sure you do a proper repair job on your fence. Sand down the boards, replace whole panels if necessary, and paint or stain the whole length of fence. If your fence is damaged beyond repair, get quotes for a brand new one.
What does your front door say about your home? Is it heavy and unwelcoming? Does it look flimsy and insecure? Does it match the period of your home?
In short, nobody wants to knock on or walk through a door that looks intimidating or decrepit – they’re both red flags that make people uneasy.
Choose a material and style that matches the rest of your home but that’s also practical. A solid wood, such as oak, will bring a touch of class to a period home, but if you have limited natural light in the front for your home, consider a door with plenty of glass.
If your current door just needs a spruce up, simply give it a new coat of paint to complement your weatherboards and consider adding some appropriate door furniture. A new door knocker or door knob can make your chosen colour scheme come to life if matched appropriately.
Aside from the basics, like ensuring your grass is mown and the hedges clipped, adding a couple of well-chosen pieces of extra greenery can make your home look more alive.
A classic move is to put a couple of well-placed pot plants either side of your front door – in fact, it’s a welcoming tactic you can use even if you don’t have a garden.