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Improving Your Property's Street Appeal

Improving Your Property's Street Appeal

When you’re selling your home it’s important to keep in mind that first impressions count. And the first thing that a potential buyer will see of your home, is how it looks on the outside from the street. It’s widely agreed that homes with appealing front views sell faster and command higher sale prices.


Most prospective buyers will be looking for a home that has been well loved and properly maintained, so show them that you care about your home starting with your mailbox. Invest in a new mailbox, add contemporary numbering, or if you’re on a budget, simply clean up your existing mailbox ensuring it’s clean, cobweb free and securely screwed in place.


Make the front door of your home appear inviting and appealing. A fresh coat of paint can make all the difference; choose something bright and glossy to draw attention or something more subtle. Add features like a shiny new doorknob and an interesting knocker to spruce up the outside of your front door. Your garage door takes up a lot of visual space so consider painting that too if necessary.


Don’t underestimate the importance of a well-maintained garden. Trim back any overhanging hedges and trees to emphasis space. Rake up leaves and mow the lawns including the outside verge. Camouflage any areas that may be considered an eyesore using fencing or strategically placed pot plants. Add colour to your garden using flowers, stones or paving.


A shabby driveway or path can deter any prospective buyers and create a lasting bad impression. Consider repairing or replacing any cracks in the pavers or concrete in your driveway, paving or paths in the front of your home. High pressure clean any dirty or mouldy sections of your driveway, and fix any broken fencing or give it a paint if needed. Add a fence for privacy and security, or as a buffer to block out any street noise.


If you have an outside area that can be seen from the street, show off that area with stylish outdoor furniture and colourful cushions to complement your home


Make your home’s exterior look fresh and clean by washing down the outside of your home and cleaning off any cobwebs. Improving the outside of your home can make a huge difference when you’re trying to sell - it often creates a lasting impression for potential buyers.


- Mark Forde