When it comes to putting their home on the market, many sellers focus on the interior; tidying, cleaning and adding finishing touches in order to maximise its potential.
However, sellers would do well to remember that as important as the interior is, the external appearance of your home will be prospective buyers’ first impression and if it appears in a state of disrepair they may be instantly put off.
While the Scottish weather can make it difficult for you to showcase your home’s exterior at its best, particularly in flats and conversions where the responsibility is shared, there are some simple steps you can take to make sure your viewers are impressed before they walk through your front door.
Here are our top tips for enhancing the exterior of your home:
1. If you have a front garden, make sure it is well-manicured – get out the lawnmower, hedge trimmer and pruning shears and dedicate an afternoon to neatening everything up.
2. Clear the path or entryway of any leaves, dirt and other debris, and ensure pebbles are contained within their borders.
3. If you share a communal entryway with other residents, throw away any junk mail and other debris that may have collected, and ensure the route to your front door is well swept. If there is a security intercom system, ensure it is in full working order.
4. Get any broken pipes or guttering repaired as a priority – prospective buyers will be on the lookout for signs of a well-maintained property.
5. Hiring a pressure washer to freshen up your home’s brickwork, especially if it is light-coloured or harbouring moss, can really transform a tired-looking exterior.
6. If you have the time and money, giving the window frames and front door a fresh coat of paint can make a huge difference to your home’s overall appearance.
7. Be sure to include the fence and gate in your efforts if applicable – a fresh coat of paint will again work wonders, and well-oiled hinges will let viewers know the home has been taken care of.
8. Don’t let messy neighbours let you down – if they have rubbish and other debris in their path or entryway, suggest you clean it up for them while tidying your own.
9. Go the extra mile and invest in some colourful potted plants or hanging baskets to brighten up your doorway and make your property feel instantly homely.
10. Don’t forget about the rear – apply all of the above to the back of your property, and if you have wheelie bins, keep them hidden or ensure they are clean and closed.