Selling your home can be a daunting experience, especially if you are at a loss where to start. Adding curb appeal to your property can go a long way to crossing the first hurdle. After all, first impressions count. Here are some top tips on getting prospective buyers interested in your home.
Leading People up the Garden Path
Quite literally, you want to lead prospective buyers up your garden path and into your home. If your garden is looking shabby and unkempt, then what is this going to say to people about the inside of your home? Spending time power washing the drive and mowing the lawn is worth every minute. Likewise, you will want to make sure that the rest of your garden is picture perfect. Not only will this make your garden stand out from your neighbors, it will also be a pleasure to look out on, and it’s one less thing for any prospective owner to worry about.
If you do not have the time to do this yourself, then why not employ the services of a local gardener? Not only will it look great, but it also gives you more time to concentrate on other jobs.
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Brighten Your Outlook
Adding lighting to your property not only makes it inviting for guests, it also makes it uninviting for unwelcome guests, especially those who take a particular fancy in your personal possessions. Statistics prove that burglars prefer to hide in the dark rather than expose their shady exploits to others.
Lighting options can vary from motion sensing security lamps at your front door, to lights leading up your driveway. These can be set to come on when it gets dark and can be a welcome sight when you come home from work in the evening. Fixing a motion sensing security light at your front door also dissuades any would-be burglars, and lets you see who’s calling. This is especially useful when used with a wireless door entry system.
Repair, Refurbish or Replace
Look at your woodwork, does it need repairing at all? Fences and window frames will all benefit from a fresh coat of paint. It shows you have taken care of your property and gives a good impression that you care for the inside as well.
Inspect your gutters and drainpipes for blockages and breakages. A blocked gutter can lead to all sorts of problems, including damp inside your home. You can virtually eliminate seasonal maintenance by fitting guttering. Contact www.thompsoncreek.com to find out more..
You can also add little touches here and there by putting screens around your AC unit, adding moveable planters next to your porch or fitting window boxes. There are many other little things you can do to improve the curb appeal of your home, as well as major projects like laying patios. You don’t need to do a lot as a little can go a long way. Don’t do too much though or you may end up wanting to stay!