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Does your house have curb appeal?

Home buyers are the vainest of them all: if a house were a book, they would judge it by its cover and if a house were a person, they wouldn’t want to get to know an ugly one.

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When it comes to selling your house, what it looks like on the outside is as important as what’s on the inside. If a potential buyer doesn’t like what they see from the curb, they may not even want to take a look inside. Estate agents claim that potential buyers make up their minds about a property within the first 30 seconds, which barely leaves them time to get through the door!

 Home buyer’s top exterior pet hates

  • Christmas decorations/lights; if you’re thinking about selling your home over the festive period, resist the temptation to sprall it with fairy lights and nativity scenes. If next door go all out at Christmas, perhaps December isn’t the time to put your home on the market. According to themovechannel.com wealthier buyers are even more likely to be put off by Christmas bling
  • Broken down vehicles and rubbish outside the property are a year round turn off
  • Football and sporting flags/memorabilia are not even acceptable during the World Cup

How to create curb appeal

1. Is your roof up to the job? If you roof is leaky or in need of repair this can dramatically affect offer prices, according to Style at Home, buyers want to spend their additional budgets on new kitchen and appliances, not roofs. If it’s between modernising the kitchen or a new roof, the roof should be the project you tackle to get your house sold. The warranty for a new roof can often be transferred to the new owner – don’t underestimate the value of peace of mind.

2. Refreshing tired paint work will spruce up your house and potential buyers won’t begin worrying about maintenance costs.

3. Replace or restore door furniture to complement the architectural style of your house. Brass polish and some elbow grease can change the look of your front door in no time at all.

4. Replace old front and garage doors, they can be used to create architectural interest, which is often very important for buyers who are looking at a property that is at the top of their budget. Remodeling magazine found that homeowners can expect to recoup the cost of replacing both front and garage doors when they come to sell their property. This is also often true for replacing old windows, most homebuyers do not want to do work like this themselves.

5. Get your windows cleaned. Dirty windows do not present a good first impression or make the house look loved.

6. Put the pressure on by cleaning the exterior, even if it is just the front facade and driveway, with a press washer.

So if you are selling, bear in mind that if your front garden contains enough plastic figurines and bling to put even Father Christmas off, be glad that he is coming down the chimney – it is unlikely potential buyers will even want to come through the door. First impressions count.

To make those first 30 seconds count, give the frontage of your house a little bit of TLC to get buyer through the door. Post your job on RatedPeople.com and up to 3 quality, local tradesmen will contact you with a quote. Review their ratings online and select the right one for you. 

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