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First impressions last! Top tips on increasing your home's kerb appeal


You want your home to stand out, whether first seen by your buyers in an image or from the kerb. That first glance is essential. If the rest of your home is in excellent condition, the last thing you want to do is alienate potential buyers by neglecting the front of your home and creating the wrong impression.


The front door

If it's wooden, give it a coat of paint and polish the metalwork. If it's worn and damaged, consider replacing it. Sometimes darker colours will make your front door pop so that when your home is viewed and welcomes potential buyers, they immediately feel good before entering your home.


The front lawn

Make sure the grass is green and trimmed. Use grass feed if there are any patches. Sweep and weed any paths or patio areas. Use a jet wash to make your paving look new, if possible.


Clean your windows

Get your window cleaner to give your windows a good clean in time for viewings and pictures for your agent. Don't forget your window frames; make the front of your house pop with the right colours, and repair any blemishes.


Add some paint

The front of your home will benefit from a coat of good paint. Check the pointing. Perhaps your home does not need paint; don't forget gates, fences, walls, and guttering. The little things all add up to make a significant impact.


Flowers and plants

At this time of year, adding some vibrancy with a dash of colour will help your home stand out. Less is more, and not everyone is passionate about the same flowers and plants, so be subtle and keep what you have in the new order.


Furniture

Even if you have a small, terraced house with little space out the front, a small seating area can add to its appeal. For larger homes, create a vision of outdoor living that is just a taste of the splendour that will later appear, perhaps in the outdoor living space at your property's rear.


Conceal wiring or utility boxes.

If possible, don't allow all your hard work to be affected by unsightly wiring or an electrical, gas, or rusty mailbox. Contact your energy supplier if it needs replacing, or clean it well.


Summer symmetry

Some things work best in pairs; when making an entrance, a couple of ornamental flowerpots on each side of the door can do the trick. Lighting can also have the same effect as flower boxes.


Finishing touches

Hanging a summer wreath can add colour and show your new buyers that you love your home.


Will all of this add value to your home?

Yes. Anything that makes your home appear cared for and loved will help others fall in love with it. While it will not drastically increase the value of your home, you may be pleasantly surprised.

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