Charlie Albone shares his top tips to increase street appeal.
The architecture of the house will often determine the style of your garden, but regardless of era or condition, there are some easy things you can do to spruce up the features of your home's exterior.
Getting familiar with your brush and a tin of paint is the cheapest and easiest way to transform your home's exterior. Railings, wood surfaces, gates and even your front door could look well looked after and loved if treated to a touch up.
For a more eye-catching and permanent change to your home's frontage - especially if you've got old bricks - is to render, or apply a weatherboard over the top.
Tidy it up
If you don't have much money to spend, that's ok. A cost-effective way to make your house look a lot better is to keep it tidy. Mow the grass, sweep paths, trim the edges of your plants, that sort of thing. You'll be surprsed just how much better it can look!
Cleaning out weeds and keeping on top of them is also something often overlooked. Mulch will help you do this, with garden beds looking much tidier as a result.
Define your areas
With the front garden, it's always good to see the front door. A path made out of stones or pavers to the entry will show it off. This is especially important if you have a side entry to your home, so as not to confuse buyers.
Feature plants at front door is a nice way to demark where an entrance is, and adds greenery closer to the house. The house and garden should feel as if it's all been designed as one, rather than as an afterthought.
While a front garden can be more for aethetics, a back garden is often more about practicality. Defining areas is also important in the backyard, as making a space look like it's got purpose (for example, using furniture in the entertaining area, keeping lawn areas clear) will help the buyers to see the potential.
Window coverings and lights
Storm shutters look really nice and change dimensions of the front, which can be a nice touch if you want to transform the look of the property from the outside.
Awnings over windows are a nice look, but if they're old and tired, perhaps replace the fabric rather than the whole mechanism. Usually this will be enough to freshen up the outside.
Wall-mounted lights are important as well. If you have a wall-mounted light, it gives it a bit of interest to the property, so it doesn't just look like four, bare walls.
Remember, a loved house looks like a well-cared for house. Buyers will be less worried there's something wrong with the exterior if they can see you've maintained your surroundings well. First impressions count, so you've got the best chance of attracting a buyer with a neat and tidy frontage.
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