Few of us stand outside our front door long enough to examine
it. However, most of us could quickly list a few simple improvements
that have been on the "to do" list for just too long.
Buyers will look for negatives to reinforce hastily conceived
opinions, or simply items to mention in conversation to you, or
the agent to justify a price decrease.
Yes this is exactly what potential buyers will do
when they approach your home.
The first impression you create will be
a lasting one in the eyes of your viewers.
Bear in mind that they are likely to look at the
entrance, either standing on the road outside or from the comfort
of their car, for a period of time before coming to knock at your
Does your property have “curb appeal”?
If not, do not despair, it can, with a little help, be made more
attractive, for sometimes very little effort.
There are many simple and economical improvements you can make
to achieve this.
must be welcoming and inviting.
Here are a few suggestions :
• During spring and summer the installation of a few pots
and hanging baskets adorned with colourful blooms will always
add cheer to an otherwise bland entrance.
• During the winter months, baskets and pots can be replaced
with tubs containing miniature conifers or clipped yew, bay or
box, all of which will create an air of style and elegance.
• Replace rusty door furniture with new lacquered brass,
which won’t need constant polishing. Remove any nails/screws
that may remain in the door, upon which the Christmas decorations
• Check that the door bell is in good working order and
that welcome lights operate properly.
• Replace any
broken or cracked paving slabs and brighten up the rest with either
a pressure washer, or with a suitable chemical cleaner available
from most hardware stores.
• Make sure any entrance gate opens easily and shuts firmly,
and oil the hinges to prevent them from squeaking.
• Ensure that the number/name of the property is clearly
visible from the road.
• If possible, avoid parking vehicles on the entrance
driveway as this will obscure the front aspect of your property,
or at best, it will create an obstacle that viewers will have
to navigate around.
• Pay particular attention to the front garden which should
be kept neat and tidy. Ensure hedges are pruned back and lawns
are regularly clipped.
•Consider comparing and contrasting your own property,
with that of your neighbours. You can evaluate which are the most
appealing and adapt any useful ideas, incorporating them into
your own home.