Essex is a highly desirable area to live in, with the rich and famous favouring the scenic countryside and the London commuters enjoying the short journey to the heart of the capital.
It’s no wonder that home-owners are keen to make their property stand out to potential buyers. After all, a person decides whether they want to buy a house within the first eight seconds of looking at it, so first impressions are valuable. So how can you increase the kerb appeal of your property? Read our handy guide to find out.
Doors and windows
Are your doors and windows looking a little worse for wear? If it’s a case of them just needing a clean, then a weekend spent doing that will really life the look of your whole property. If you have a tatty looking wooden door, however, it may be time to replace it.
A brand new door (don’t forget a statement knocker!) will instantly make your property look more inviting. Don’t be afraid to paint it a bright colour, it will make your home stand out.
Lawns and plants
If you have a front garden, keeping it tidy and well looked after will massively increase the attractiveness of your home. A wild, overgrown lawn is a no-no, as is a dry, patchy brown one. If you’re finding a lawn too much hard work, consider paving the middle of your front garden while leaving room for some plants along the sides.
A new driveway is one of the quickest and cheapest ways to make a house look amazing from the street. There are many ways to finish a driveway and block paving continues to be popular. If your driveway is looking a little worse for wear or you’re stuck with the dreaded crazy paving, an overhaul is in order.
Block paved driveways are timeless and enhance any property – and when done well, they drain effectively and last for many, many years. Work with a professional company to figure out a design that works for you and your home. We have found some good block paving companies in Essex that will help you out.
Block paving takes a lot of maintenance and is expensive though. An easier, cheaper and faster way to upgrade a driveway is to put down some fresh gravel. Contact an Essex aggregates company for the best prices and you can get a bulk bag of aggregate delivered in no time.
Those finishing touches
Little finishing touches, like a light beside your front door and a new house number sign, will do a world of good too; and it may also be a good idea to tidy up your guttering.
What goes on inside your home can affect how it looks from the outside as well. Dingy looking curtains and blinds will put people off, so invest in some new ones to make your windows look bigger and more inviting. Lots of clutter on the windowsills will also give a bad impression, so go for a simple ornament or a vase of flowers instead.
Your home will be the talk of the town
Hopefully you’ve found our guide to revamping the exterior of your property helpful. We know that you’re not meant to judge a book by its cover; but in the case of a house, the state of the outside often gives a clue to what’s going on inside!
By giving the front of your home a little bit of a facelift, you’re going to make it more attractive to passers-by and increase your chances of selling it for a good price. What’s not to love about that?