Appearances Matter When Selling Your House

Your home is your castle, and you might love every piece of it, but when it comes to selling your home, each potential buyer has their own idea of perfect. You might see the character in your rustic doorway, or have no use for the garage that is slowly being reclaimed by nature. You might love your wild garden, and are perfectly happy with the faded paint on the front of the house. But buyers won’t be. Making your house as appealing as possible is your job as a seller. You need to think about the curb appeal your home has; each person who pulls up to view your house will make a snap judgement about the whole property just from what they can see outside.

Think of your driveway as the yellow brick road leading to the Emerald city - it has to be flawless. Are there weeds poking up through the cracks in the 1970s concrete? On a practical level, having a well-tended and level driveway will help you save money on the wear and tear of your car - which is something that your potential buyer will think as they navigate their way through the forest of dandelions. Have a look at simple weedkillers, and even invest in a pathed driveway. 

Quite often the garage ends up being the family dumping ground, but it can easily be turned into an organised storage space, a handy workshop or a whole host of other things. It might, also, need some outside TLC. Does the door need a lick of paint? Perhaps it needs replacing altogether. Shop around and invest in something that is practical and looks good. 

You can walk down a street and easily point out the houses that haven’t seen a paintbrush since the day they were built. Some houses played it safe and have a classically beautiful exposed brick exterior. But even they need looking after. The years of grime can turn yellow stone to black - all it needs it a good blast with a jet wash. Are the gutters, wooden edges and window frames in need of a touch up too? If your house that needs a full facelift then look into hiring someone to do it for you - it’s no small job. That way you know the materials will be right for the job, and that no mistakes are going to be made.

Having a garden can be a massive plus in the day and age, particularly if it’s a good size and part of a family home. A lot of buyers will be looking to find a conservatory, and if you don’t have one, a large, well-presented garden can convince them to just pop one in their themselves. Keep the grass trimmed, weeds pulled and flowers pruned. Plant low-maintenance plants, and encourage ladybirds and bees so that your garden will flourish on its own.