First impressions play a significant role in buyers’ thinking when considering whether a property is ‘the one’. The first thing they see when they arrive at your property – the exterior – will go a long way towards making them choose your property as their new home.
Working on the exterior appearance is bound to increase your street appeal and leave a lasting impression. A good first impression will attract more buyers to your home and add value to the sale price.
Here are 8 simple ways to increase your street appeal.
1. Fix the fence
In many cases, the fence will be the very first thing that prospective buyers see. Start off on the front foot by making sure that your fence is inviting, freshly painted and has no damage.
Bonus points for having a nice letterbox and house number attached – the little things make a big difference.
2. Clear the path
An unobstructed pathway to the house should be a given, but you can take this opportunity to attract buyers to your home before they’ve even set foot inside.
Add some small touches like lighting, flowers or pebbles along the path to turn it into more of an entry experience. The buyers will walk down this path every day, so make it a walk to remember!
3. Look after the front yard
A mown lawn and well-managed plants show buyers that the property is well cared for.
The front yard can also be a place for relaxing or entertaining, so make it look inviting.
Pro tip: Plant some flowers to add a splash of colour and freshness.
4. Get painting
A fresh coat of paint can do wonders for your home’s appearance (and value).
Painting your house isn’t necessarily quick or easy, but it’s probably the one thing that has the most impact on your street appeal. A freshly painted house looks newer, cleaner and in better condition.
5. Look up (at your roof and gutters)
A clean, intact roof represents safety and sturdiness. No-one wants to deal with leaks, possums or blocked gutters, so giving your roof a clean will instil a sense of confidence in prospective buyers.
6. Get the door
If the windows are the eyes, your front door is the mouth. Make sure your “mouth” is saying something inviting by keeping your door clean, freshly painted and in good working order.
A bit of oil on the hinges and a new handle can transform your front door!
7. Light the way
Just like inside the home, it’s important to have adequate lighting in the front yard. Dark and dingy paths can be dangerous and uncertain – definitely not the mood you want to be evoking in buyers looking at the property.
While most inspections are held during the day, potential buyers may pass by during the evening, so be sure to light your home well during the entire campaign – day and night.
Use lighting to create a welcoming environment in your home and to highlight its best features.
8. Work with your neighbours
When people look at your home from the street, they’re going to look at your neighbours’ as well to get a feel for the street and the neighbourhood.
You could have a perfectly presented front yard, but if your neighbour’s place is overgrown and unmaintained, it’s going to reflect negatively on your home too.
Talk to your neighbours about any issues. You can even offer to give them a hand with the cleanup – it’s in your best interest.
Bonus tip: Hide your bins
This is a really simple tip, but you’d be amazed at how many people don’t do it.
If possible, hide your bins before you take any photos or have any viewings. Everyone knows what they look like, and no-one needs to see them!
If you don’t have any space to get them out of sight, the next best thing to do is to make sure that the bins are clean, with no loose rubbish hanging out and no odours.