Many of us consider the value of our properties before we take on major renovations or improvements to our home. We need to know that the value of the house after the works will exceed the cost of completing the project. It can be a challenge to figure out what buyers are looking for sometimes. But one area of the home that does make a difference to the value of your property is the exterior.
It’s the first picture buyers see in the estate agent’s window. The front of your house must look attractive to appeal to serious buyers. Keep the facade clean and fresh. If it is rendered, a lick of paint could make a lot of difference. Repointing any damaged brickworks is also a good idea. Have a look at the front door. Is it fresh and appealing, or tired and lacking in security? Get the porch light working, and the path free of debris.
Next, look at the planting and lawn. If your home looks like it’s drowning in the shrubbery, it’s time to trim it right back. You want to give the illusion that there is a substantial frontage. This helps make your house look grander and larger than perhaps it is. If the lawn is in a sorry state, consider replacing it with fresh stuff, or even using a high-quality artificial lawn. This applies at the rear of your property too.
Your back garden is the main area people will be using to entertain in the summer. This means it needs to be fit for purpose. Tame any trees and planting that has started to overgrow. Make sure it is all well back from the property or controlled with freshly painted trellis. Check all the boundaries are enclosed securely, and paint the fences. All paths should lead somewhere and be free of debris.
Your outdoor dining area should be staged. Invest in good quality Rattan garden furniture. It looks stylish and substantial to give the impression of a good sized area. The patio should be washed clean, or think about installing some decking. Decking can also be used to replace tired paving. Add a gazebo for shade and solar powered lighting to illuminate key areas of your garden.
If you have any garden buildings such as a shed or garage, be sure these are tidy and freshly painted. They should also be secure if they are to be included in a sale. Lights on the exterior can help with this. Try to keep your garden in sections. There should ideally be a lawn or play area for children if you own a family home. You might have an area for planting. The dining area should be easily accessible from the main dining or living area of the house. Consider patio or bi-folding doors to help link the indoors and outdoors of your home.
A well manicured and landscaped garden can add value to your home. These things take hard work and money, so they are attractive benefits for any potential buyer. Don’t forget the front is as important as the back. You need that kerb appeal!