10 Ways to Prepare the Outside of Your Home to Sell

We all know the importance of good kerb appeal. It draws people in off the street and can make your home a bright star in your neighbourhood. But what about when you live in a flashy area, or are struggling to get traction during the sale process, even with what you think is kerb appeal maxed out to the limit?

  • 30 April, 2019
  • RESIDENTIAL

1. Water blast

Without spending too much money, hiring a water blaster is a great way to clean concrete areas of the front of your home. Sealing and hosing is well and good, but if you've been living there for quite a while, grime can build up a great deal.

A water blaster will brighten a grimy driveway significantly more than a regular hosing, by blasting away layers of grime. Just remember to check the safety manual before you turn it on . Then have a go, and watch your driveway gleam.

2. A paint refresh


If you want a quick fix to grab attention, a brand new paint job won't go astray. But think outside the box with the colour you use, and maybe target only one area of the home. For example, the door, or wooden blinds, or even the post or frame for your letterbox. Something to grab the eye, but not enough to dominate the view of your home.

Sometimes the wandering eye of a home buyer just needs a little push in the right direction, and adding a tiny touch of bright red can do just that. From there, the eye can wander to the rest of your beautifully laid out property facade and - who knows? - maybe even all the way to a sale!

3. Neat and Trim

Just like inside your house, your garden should be neat, tidy and clear of clutter.  Weed your garden and keep the lawn trimmed when opening you home for inspection.  Consider your plants - remove dead plants and replace with new specimens, but make sure they suit the conditions in your garden: you don't want them to die before you sell.

4. Styling your Garden

You can give your garden a simple makeover before you sell by adding defining borders to your flower beds and adding a focal point.  Timber borders are popular, or you can outline your beds with small shrubs or grasses.  Add a few larger plants as focal points but keep them in proportion to the size of your garden.

5. Creating a Courtyard

Many houses today, particularly in the inner city, don't have large gardens.  Often there is only a small courtyard so it is important to maximise this space.  The first step may be to create a focal point like a water feature, statue or urn.  This should be placed at the furthest point from the entrance so your buyers vision is drawn a distance, giving a sense of space.
 

6. Trim and Slim the Trees

It's a strenuous job, but those loose tree branches can be hazardous, especially with kids running around in the summer. Any low-hanging branches or parts that are blocking sunlight you want on your home should be cut back, but check with neighbours and local councils if they reach over a fence - you may need to get a permit!

7. Add Interest to Your Doorway

If you have sufficient space, place a range of matching terracotta pots with plants against the wall near your entrance.  For the average sized doorway use the pots up to a metre high.  If your home is an older style, aged classic cone shaped pots with a rolled rim containing colourful flowers, like geraniums, will give a traditional welcome feeling.  For more modern homes tall angular pots that taper downwards are very popular - add architectural plants like succulents for a dramatic effect.

8. Keep it Balanced

Try and keep everything symmetrical.  If you are using pots and plants to add interest, put one either side of the entrance or you might like to hang two matching lanterns for a warm glow.  The trick is to keep it simple and not clutter the space.

9. Step Inside and See the Light

Often hallways are narrow and dark.  If your house suffer from this problem, try painting the walls white to lighten things up, or add a sky light.  A broad runner will make a hallway seem wider.

10. Shabby Doors Need to be Spruced Up

Your front door is the first thing your buyers see, so if it needs a lick of paint get out the brushes!  You might also consider a new handle or knocker - this is an inexpensive way to update your door.

 

 

LJ Hooker NZ

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