If you want to attract buyers, the front of your house has to have street appeal. But what if you're stuck with the only ugly duckling on the block? Charlie Albone shares a few simple ways you can minimise the impact, without breaking the bank.
Have a good look around and see if there's anything that needs fixing or tidying. A number of unfinished little jobs can suddenly look like a big job.
Inject new life into a property with a lick of paint.
A lick of paint is by far the most effective way to inject new life into a property. It can transform a dull dated exterior.
If you're not sure about what colour to choose - have a look around at other similar homes in your area and see what works for them.
Don't neglect the fence and windows. It's no good going to the effort of painting the house if the other areas are faded and peeling.
A heavily concreted yard or driveway may be practical, but it's not very pretty.
Replacing concrete with turf makes the front of a property more inviting and homely. But remember to keep your lawned areas watered and tidy. Dead grass, over grown pathways and weeds speak volumes to potential buyers.
If the outside of your house looks a mess, they may think inside will be the same and pass it by.
New plants are great for hiding a multitude of sins. They can smarten up most gardens. The impact of unsightly posts or pillars can be reduced with large pots and new plants, and if you've got time to grow them, creepers.
Remember, kerb appeal has never been more important. With a little effort your ugly duckling can be transformed into a beautiful swan, and buyers will love it.