What first impression does your home give?

Books can’t always be judged by their cover; an enticing sleeve can fool you into a regrettable purchase.

Homes on the other hand, are always judged by their cover. Chelmsford buyers will pause outside your property and make a decision that could leave you in despair, or give you cause for celebration. Which one would it be?

The secret here is your kerb appeal.

The front of your home needs to be picture-perfect: not only does it paint a good impression of the owner, it puts potential buyers in positive spirits before they have stepped in the door. A lack of kerb appeal is a surprisingly common reason why homes don’t get more viewings.

When you are getting ready to sell, the first place to start is the first impression, to make sure your browsers become buyers:

  • Windows – If you have trouble looking past finger prints and dust on your windows from the inside, people will see that on the outside too. Give them a good clean regularly. Check on your window frames too; if they’re rotten, they aren’t going to look very appealing. Consider replacing them before putting your house on the market. Ensure that they fit in with the look of your home.
  • Front Door – People are drawn to the front door at first glance. Make sure it stands out by giving it a fresh coat of paint. The colour should fit in with the look of your house, so don’t make it too garish. Bright colours are in at the moment, but vivid pink might make your door a little overstated.
  • Neighbours – You would think your neighbour’s house wouldn’t matter, but it does. If they have rubbish on the lawn or anything else unattractive that really doesn’t need to be there, ask them politely if you can remove it. To make your plan less obvious, offer a hand; if you’re mowing your lawn, say you’ll do theirs too. The last thing buyers want to see is dirty surrounding houses.
  • Lighting – Many people might choose to drive by a potential property after dark, and it is essential that your house looks appealing. Having a nice lantern on the porch or a few front garden lights adds a special touch.
  • Clean & Neat – To give an overall good impression, ensure everything is as clean and spruce as possible. Repaint tired paintwork and railings, get rid of the weeds, trim the lawn, and make sure nothing unsightly is sitting on your drive, such as a skip. By following such straightforward tips, the front of your home will be screaming with kerb appeal within hours, waiting to attract any interested party that wanders by your house– To give an overall good impression, ensure everything is as clean and spruce as possible. Repaint tired paintwork and railings, get rid of the weeds, trim the lawn, and make sure nothing unsightly is sitting on your drive, such as a skip. By following such straightforward tips, the front of your home will be screaming with kerb appeal within hours, waiting to attract any interested party that wanders by your house.

Here’s a little test to help you – why not take a picture of your Chelmsford Home, as a potential buyer would first see it, and see if you can consider a first impression from their point of view? If you’d like a second opinion, please give me a call or pop me an email, stephen.frost@martinco.com.

I’d love to pop out and help you define your kerb appeal.

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Stephen

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