Give Your Home Kerb Appeal
Top Tips from our regular blogger Laura Bedell-Pearce from Laura’s Gardens a Reigate garden design service specialising in small garden redesigns, border makeovers and container planting.
Get Kerb Appeal: 5 Ways to Entice More Buyers
We all appreciate a finely presented house. And if yours has an inviting exterior or a glorious garden it’s going to stand out on the property portals.
Here are 5 key ways to get your home ready for sale this Autumn.
Tidy up: It’s amazing how much better a photo looks if it’s uncluttered. So now is the time to store, bin or recycle those odds and ends outside the home. Empty plant pots, children’s toys and reels of hose all need to be hidden from view.
Take a look at the front door: Could it do with a fresh coat of paint? Is the knocker straight, the bell working and the house name or number clean and visible? Keep it neat and in keeping with the age of the house and others on the street – now is not the time to make a statement with hot pink!
Time for a wash and brush up: Sweep up all the fallen leaves (dull, repetitive work, but it’s a great work-out) and jet any hard surfaces down. If you can’t do this yourself there are several local firms that can. And it makes a huge difference. Eradicating weeds, moss, lichen, blackspot and more can make driveways look like new.
Look up: Do the gutters need cleaning or mending? Are there cracked, slipped or missing tiles on the roof? Now is the time to address this, before a buyer’s survey brings it up.
And now for the fun bit: Dress the front door with a pot or two. You can go for the classic look with lollipop topiary such as bay or box, seasonal plants (cyclamen, hebes and cineraria look great at this time of year) or go all out and get your beds landscaped. If you know you won’t remember to water plants you can still enjoy some greenery. Simply buy a pot (as large as you can afford and ideally not plastic), a good quality fake plant, plant it in soil and top dress with stones (we won’t tell!). The investment will be worth it. And remember, you can take the containers and plants with you when you move.
Have fun and good luck!