First impressions count: affordably increase street appeal and emotional pull

Ryan Boyd
First impressions count: affordably increase street appeal and emotional pull

When we sell our house, we spend a lot of time making the interior as presentable as possible, but it’s all for nothing if you can’t get people in the front door due to a poor exterior.

“Whether you believe it or not, there is such a thing as love at first sight – at least in real estate,” says Daniel Coulson from Bayley’s Real Estate.

And when he says “love”, he means it.

“For most, buying a home can be an emotional experience. As a home owner, you want to harness that emotion and drive it positively toward your property.”

Here are some things Daniels suggests can be done quickly that can make a massive difference to the way your home looks – and feels – from the street.

 

Paint what you canDANCOU profile

If you can paint the exterior of the house, then great, but if that’s a bit too costly, Daniel has a backup plan.

“Consider just painting the window frames,” he says. “These parts weather quickly and having clean lines around your windows is an indication things are in good order.”

 

Give the fence a facelift

While we’re on the topic of painting, Daniel says one of the best bangs for your buck you can get is from putting a fresh coat on any fences you may have.

“They reference the white picket fence for good reason,” he says, “make sure it’s in tip-top shape.

“The good thing about fence painting is it is extremely cost effective, instantly rewarding and is likely the first thing a potential buyer will lay their eyes upon.”

 

Waterblast the past away

Like how carpet looks amazing after a good vacuum, water blasting your house and pathways will give them a new lease of life, and Daniel says now is the time to get onto it.

“Especially during or after winter, water blasting organic growth off paths will not only improve the appearance of your home, but buyers will have a chance to actually look at your home, rather than looking where they’re going to take their next step!”

 

Landscape

Don’t stop at just mowing the lawns. Look at the surrounding trees, shrubs, and other greenery that may be a bit neglected.

“A tidy up of your garden can not only improve first impressions,” Daniel says, “but often people don’t realise how much bushes and trees have grown throughout their tenure.

“Trimming back branches in the right areas will also provide a significant amount more light into a home which is crucial during the colder months.”

 

The interior matters too

It may not be immediately obvious, but there are some parts of the house interior that play a role in the exterior image.

“Replacing old blinds or curtains has a visual impact not only inside, but outside as well,” Daniel explains.

“Even if you only replace these at the front of the house, a new tidy set of blinds can be self-installed at low cost and can really tidy up the overall appearance.

“Owners of villas and bungalows may even invest in shutters at the front of a property to tug on those heart strings.”

 

Don’t forget the roof

You may not notice it as easily yourself, but savvy potential buyers will certainly be noticing the state of your roof.

“Getting your roof cleaned can have a significant impact on the appearance of your property,” Daniel says, “not only in person, but especially in photography.”

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