Kerb Appeal: Everything You Need to Know
Kerb appeal is the very first impression your home makes when potential buyers come to visit. It can be a make or break factor when selling your home. Read on for ways to improve your property’s kerb appeal.
If you are trying to sell your home, kerb appeal can make all the difference to how swiftly you find a buyer, as well as the price they are prepared to pay.
But what is it? And how can you boost your home’s kerb appeal?
What is kerb appeal?
Kerb appeal is a term used to cover the first impression your home makes. Are potential buyers excited to get inside, or will they drive away without even stepping through the door?
The idea is that a property with good kerb appeal will attract more potential buyers, who are more willing to pay a higher price for a property. Ideally, it would also make your house stand out compared to homes with little or no kerb appeal.
Does kerb appeal add value to your house?
Improving the kerb appeal of your property could boost the amount it eventually sells for.
Having a well-maintained front garden doesn’t mean your home is inherently worth more than a property where the garden is more wild. But the thinking goes that by making the front of your home more presentable, more prospective buyers will be tempted to take a look.
What is more, that pleasant garden or tidy driveway will put them in a positive mindset from the moment they arrive, hopefully helping them fall in love with the property and making them more determined to buy it.
That may mean they are more reluctant to try negotiating the price down and that they may be willing to keep increasing their bid should there be several buyers interested.
Where should I start to improve kerb appeal?
The first step is to work out what sort of kerb appeal your home already has. A good place to start is by standing outside your property.
Try to look at your home objectively ‒ what would be your initial impressions if this was the first time you were looking at the property?
Note down the good and the bad here. And then go through those areas for improvement and calculate what it would cost to improve them.
When it comes to kerb appeal, the idea is often to find quick, cheap wins ‒ the improvements that won’t cost much, but will boost the impression your home makes on possible buyers.
Tips to improve your home’s kerb appeal
If you are considering trying to improve your property’s kerb appeal, there are several improvements to consider:
Check your windows ‒ what sort of condition are the frames in? Touching up the paintwork should not cost a fortune, but could make a big difference to your home’s kerb appeal.
Fix the roof tiles
Then there is the roof. If there are missing or broken tiles, a buyer may notice when they first pull up to the property. Again, it is a relatively simple and inexpensive job to put right, which will help you present your home in the best light.
Consider your front door’s condition
Take a look at the front of your home, including the door. Is it in good condition? Or is it all looking a bit tired and unloved? Giving your front door a fresh lick of paint is often all you need to give the whole appearance of the property a significant boost.
Remove weeds and tidy your garden
If there is a path leading up to your front door or a driveway, that is another area to consider. Giving it a powerwash or removing any weeds won’t take very long, and it will show potential buyers that the property is well maintained.
Similarly, giving hedges a trim or cutting the grass in the front garden will give the appearance of your home a lift and help buyers to enter the property in a positive mindset. If you have fences, check each panel to see if it is broken and then take steps to fix or replace them if necessary.
Move the bins
Move the bins or consider buying a bin cover. Yes, keeping them at the front of the property may be more practical on bin day, but if you know you have potential buyers coming over for a viewing, you won’t want their first impression of your home to be a smelly food bin or recycling box. Tucking them away means that buyers may get a more positive initial experience.
These small updates may improve the chances of buyers putting in an offer, and therefore the amount your home is likely to fetch when it eventually is sold.
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John Fitzsimons has been writing about finance since 2007. He is the former editor of Mortgage Solutions and loveMONEY and his work has appeared in The Sunday Times, The Mirror, The Sun and Forbes. Read more