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SELLING YOUR HOME PART 1

I know this doesn’t work for books, but it works for houses – judging them by their façade.

A property’s outer appearance and its kerb appeal, is often the deal maker or breaker when it comes to selling your home. It takes potential buyers no more than eight seconds to decide whether or not they like a house.

Some houses have natural kerb appeal, like Albury Park Mansion in its beautiful setting, will attract potential buyers. For the best country houses, the setting is the kerb appeal.

Kerb appeal is more than just a good-looking house – even the ugliest house can have it. A house with real kerb appeal lifts your spirit, in Feng shui we call it a happy house, – it’s a house where the front garden is well-presented. Though improving the kerb appeal of your house is unlikely to add much to its value. But if you can get someone in a positive frame of mind before they’ve stepped through the front door it can help to sell your house. Improving the appearance of your property doesn’t necessarily have to be an expensive project, but there are a few rules. No DIY is better than bad DIY. Badly painted front doors with drips running down them or dirty looking houses are a no-no. A lack of cleanliness can be very off-putting to potential buyers. Here are some useful tips to help you sell your house faster and for more money I know that estate agencies don’t tell you about this:-

  1. Paint your front door. A first impression count, the first thing that people will look at is your front door. Go crazy with colour this is the one place you can. Strong, bright colours in full gloss are not popular any more, people are going for a more contemporary look with matt and muted greys. Sadly some of these contemporary looks don’t work on period houses. Remember fashion comes and goes but style remains.

  2. Door furniture. Invest in good quality door furniture. Remember to choose furniture in keeping with your property. Heavy Victorian door knockers and letter boxes will look ridiculous unless your home is Victorian. Brushed aluminium is best for a more contemporary look.

  3. Lighting is vital, placed either side of the front door to add symmetry, or a lantern in a portico entrance. Don’t be afraid to try out lights in situ before you commit, check if they’re too big or too ornate. Good garden lighting should be unseen.

  4. The approach to the front door. Porches can give an air of distinction but can become dumping grounds for clutter. They can be awful if they are stuck on as an afterthought – they must be in proportion. Keep this area clean at all times.

  5. Naming and numbering your house. Can easily go wrong, badly shaped and painted wonky numerals or plaques with pictures do no justice to the front of your house. Currently there’s a trend in London for shiny oversized chrome numerals. Stay in keeping with the style of your house.

  6. Clean Windows. Windows look sad when they are dirty, so make sure yours are cleaned regularly. Rotten window frames are also unacceptable and if you’re putting in new ones, make sure they are appropriate with the design of the rest of the house. Bear in mind the colour of the brick/stone work before choosing a colour frame of your new windows. All curtain linings and blinds should match when seen from the street or driveway.

  7. Greenery is king in the front garden. You don’t need a big garden to plant a creeper, and houses look beautiful with plants trailing up them. You can easily make window boxes yourself. Landscaped beds with colourful bedding plants and box hedges set off the front of your house. For smaller spaces, such as either side of the front door, you can put planters with box topiary.

  8. Impressive entrance gate is a must have for a country house. Also entrances should reflect the period of the house.

  9. A tired façade. Spruce it up by repainting, re-pointing, or rendering over ugly brickwork. Don’t go mad, paint colours should be in keeping with the period of the house.

  10. Next door neighbours house can ruin your kerb appeal. If your neighbours have rubbish outside their house, please ask them nicely to remove it. If you’re trimming your hedge, ask if you can do theirs while you’re at it – the few minutes you spend mowing, or rubbish collecting is worth the effort.

For more advice on selling your home fast and for more cash please call us on 0203 231 1020

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