Curb appeal is the catchphrase you will hear most often when selling a home. The term is often associated with spending money to make a property look more appealing to potential buyers. The thing is, there is no obligation to place a huge dollar amount on preparing your home for sale. Selling a home is about a lot of things – none of which involve throwing money down the drain unnecessarily.
A perimeter between your property and the street will always add curb appeal. There are a few ways you can go about doing so, where you do not need to spend a lot of money. If you already have a fence that is in good physical condition, make it brand new with a coat of paint. For a fence that has seen better days, you can replace damaged posts and either repurpose materials from around your property or purchase them from a scrap yard. For those who are not confident in their DIY skills, consider asking family and friends to help out. If nothing else, it’s a good excuse to have a BBQ and get to see some old familiar faces.
Create a Driveway
If you don’t have a driveway you can always add one for relatively low cost. That is to say, by designating an area of your land as a driveway the property will automatically increase in curb appeal. You can use stones, a fence or even hedges to define your driveway without having to splash out on materials. It should be noted installing your own gravel driveway is incredibly cheap when you do the work yourself. However, if you do not feel that you can safely use the tools required to take on such a job, consider shopping around for a reasonably priced builder if the other homes in the area have a clearly defined driveway.
Clean Your Garden
The garden is one of the first things that people see when they come to view your property. Not only is an untidy garden unattractive, it may also put potential buyers off because it unnecessarily highlights maintenance needs. You can add further appeal to your garden by purchasing potted plants or building your very own garden beds, using low-cost timber sleepers. It is also a good idea to check any outside light fixtures and replace bulbs.
Yes, you are attempting to save money but you can do so by adding value to your home. Rendering brickwork adds significant value at sale, so put in the money to have the job completed professionally. There are products on the market that provide both paint and rendering in one, allowing you to give your exterior walls a complete makeover at a reduced cost.
Improve your Entrance
The entrance to a home is an important player in creating curb appeal. If you have steps, make sure they are freshly painted in preparation for any visitors. The same applies to your front door and front deck, if you have one. Make sure that any pathways are well maintained, taking special care to have any trip hazards repaired and cracks filled before showing your home.
If you plan on placing your home on the market for sale, before doing so, it is a good idea to have the property inspected by Houspect to ascertain a list of maintenance items required. Houspect can provide a number of building inspection options to suit every homeowner’s needs. Call our offices if you are planning on buying or selling a home in New South Wales.