Monday, 6 March 2017

The great reveal of curb appeal

Curb appeal is a big part of what attracts prospective buyers to your house. If you’re wanting to upgrade due to family life, you will need to make sure that your home oozes it. It can be quite simple to do in some cases, but might take a bit of extra effort in others. It’s how you decide to utilise what you’ve got to create the curb appeal that counts!


Any fence, gate or wall that you may have put up on the outside of your house is one of the first things that people walking up to your house will see. It can be easy enough to give a fresh lick of paint to anything that’s made of wood such as fence panels, a picket fence or any trellis that you may have up the side of your house, but it can be quite a time-consuming job. You’ll need to leave yourself plenty of time to be able to do it. Brickwork can be a bit harder to replace, but if you know a local handyman or have a family member who knows their way around some mortar then it might be worth employing them for their skills to get the job done. It should only take a day or two.


If you’re lucky enough to have a driveway to your house, consider how much impact this is having on potential viewers. More and more houses around the UK are being built without ample parking to cater for the modern family, and it may even be worth paving over your front garden to make room for this. There are paving centres nationwide which will be able to assist you with any driveway queries that you may have, even if it’s a repave of something that you already have. It can definitely increase the value of your property if parking isn’t an issue - take into consideration the increase of car insurance and safety of your vehicle and if parked on a road rather than a driveway; it could even be beneficial to you and your household for a short while if your house takes a while to sell.


Your front door can say a lot about you! Wooden doors generally need quite a bit of upkeep to ensure they they’re in tip-top condition, but they’re a good example of character if you can choose a quirky colour to make your house stand out. Just like the fencing, give your door a once-over whether it needs it or not - even with just a coat of varnish to conceal any marks or chips that may have occurred. If you have a plastic front door, these can get dirty quickly, so ensure that you give them a wipe down to get rid of any grime that may be lurking - you’ll soon see proof of just how dirty they are once you look at the cloth you’ve used!

1 comment

  1. I had not thought about this at all, but now that you've said it I realise that I do really notice these kind of things. Paving and fences are a big clue to how much the homeowner cares about the house in my mind, so I'm instantly put off by shoddy ones

    Steph -