House prices rose by around £15,000 on average in the UK last year. If you’re looking to up sticks, this should offer plenty of incentive. First impressions can last a long time. This is definitely true of homes – a well-kept garden and clean brickwork will catch the eye far more than a property with a shabby front lawn and a door that’s seen better days. If you want to sell your home, tidying up shouldn’t just be restricted to indoors. You need to focus on what potential buyers will see first – the exterior.
The garden does not have to be filled with exotic wildflowers or have an expensive water feature to make a good impression. All you need to do is make sure the grass is cut, any weeds are removed and that the paving is even. A tidy garden leaves the new homeowners a blank canvas to work with when they get the keys from you. What is important is to make the garden look tidy and well maintained. If it isn’t buyers will assume that the whole property has been neglected making it less appealing to them and also making it more likely they will put in an offer with a price reduction.
From the garden to the front door, an entrance should be just as inviting, whilst not needing to be too flashy. Check the front door out and see that it’s in full working order. Look for any chipping or peeling paint, rusted hinges, loose screws and marks. If the door squeaks or sticks fix it. To get stains off a painted door, a mix of white vinegar and water – one part of each – and a cloth will do the trick. If the door looks shabby give a thorough sand and repaint it with a rich glossy paint, you will be amazed at the difference this makes to the appeal of your home.
Open and Shut
Moving onto the windows, they need to look good too. Cleaning them inside and out is a must, as any marks can look pretty bad on a sunny day. They should open and close without any problems – faulty windows can ruin a home’s look. Some window manufacturers can provide window openers and ventilation systems to assure homebuyers that their new property is well aired and free from damp. If you do have a damp home then make sure you air your home as much as possible, use subtle air freshers to mask any musty smells and buy the disposable moisture removers which you can place out of site.
Then, there are the walls. They can accumulate dirt and grime from many different sources, such as passing traffic and cold weather. Cleaning them doesn’t take too much effort – a steam cleaner or pressure washer would do the trick, if used responsibly. Be sure to wear goggles if using one. Of course a bucket of hot water, a brush and elbow grease will also work!