Kerb appeal is the buzzword to describe how attractive a home looks to a prospective buyer driving past to check out the area. Not every home has sculpted gardens and manicured lawns. Indeed, many town central properties open directly onto the street. Even so, do not underestimate the importance of the look of your home from the outside!
First impressions are vital. Often, indeed, those first impressions are made by house-hunters scouting the area they would like to live in. It might not even be someone who has booked a viewing. At very least your home’s exterior shouldn’t put people off. At best it should encourage them to want to view the inside.
Clean your windows. Clean off any peeling paintwork. Consider repainting doors and window frames. If there are any minor repairs needed – reattaching television cables, minor repairs in the wood work, etc – then doing these should be a priority. If the garden is messy, tidy it. If need be, have it cleared.
You must try not to convey the impression that your home is either hard to maintain, or badly maintained. These suggest problems and expense, and will put someone off the idea of living there. Equally, if the exterior looks good, then potential viewers will be encouraged to think that the whole house is well looked-after.
This, indeed, doesn’t just extend to your own home. It might be that your neighbour cares a good deal less about the appearance of the garden than you do. A nearby home with a front garden resembling the wild grasslands of the Serengeti, or an entry into the ‘thistle grower of the year’ awards, will do nothing to improve the value and saleability of your own home. Telling the neighbour to sort out their garden might not win you any favours, but offering to do it for them could be greeted with enthusiasm. It might take you a couple of hours’ work, but if it adds a thousand pounds to your sale price, it will be the most profitable work you do this year!