5 Ways to Improve your Home's Facade
Making a great first impression
Understanding Buyer Rationale
Property buyers are a fickle bunch, as many of the conclusions they draw about homes are made within a couple of minutes according to the Property Institute of Australia.
As the old adage states, you don't get a second chance to make a first impression.
Behind closed doors, your abode could be the most beautiful piece of real estate in Australia. However, if it doesn't have curbside appeal then it'll likely lack interest from buyers.
Moral of the story? Spending the time to ensure your home's facade is attractive can help you stand out from the crowd and sell your home!
Here are five cheap and easy ways you can make the face of your home more alluring to buyers and spectators on the street.
1. Give it a Spring Clean
No doubt the interior of your home is spick and span in preparation for the market, why should the facade be any different?
This means it's time to finally part with the children's mini playground, the dated bird bath and the somewhat mouldy couch that has held residence on your porch for years.
The tidier the front of your home looks the better - even the removal of any footwear from the front door can make a difference.
2. Take it Through the Home Wash
With the front of your home now neat and orderly, you can focus on cleaning.
A cheap and effective way of washing the exterior of your home (including windows, walls and doors) often requires just a broom, garden hose and some elbow grease. Just like a car wash, your property will emerge from the brush bristles looking reborn.
You should also consider getting your gutters cleared and your roof cleaned. It's a good idea to use a professional for this job, as they can do it safely and often at a reasonable price.
3. Do Some Landscaping
If your garden is thriving, but with weeds, it's a good idea to pull them out and start again.
Planting new and bright flowers can add some energy to the front of your home with vibrant colour. Your Investment Property asserts that spending $300 on plants can add up to $3000 to your sale price.
Bring the lawnmower out from retirement and give your lawn a tidy trim. If there are any dead or dying patches, use some fertiliser to help ensure it's green all over.
You should also consider investing in some cheap garden solar lights to place around your front yard, as they can add pleasant glow to your landscape.
4. Surround Your Home with a Fence
Often fences that separate a home from the street are there for decoration rather than function, which means they can make a substantial impact on the overall appearance of your home.
You're spending the time making your pretty as a picture, it's important that you don't forget to frame it. You should choose a fence that matches the style of your home, while adding to the visual appeal.
There is a number of features available regarding type, materials and colours, so there will likely be an option to suit both your property and budget.
5. Give it a Lick of Paint
Painting your home can make a substantial improvement to the facade. Even if you use the same colour, it's the sparkly clean finish that makes the difference.
Complete Home claims that an average paint job for a standard three bedroom home is $1600 if you do it yourself, but can provide returns in the tens of thousands.
In case you are considering changing the pigment, make sure you stick to earthy tones as your goal should be to appeal to the masses - you don't want to paint yourself into a select corner of the property market.
If the idea of painting your whole home seems daunting, try starting with just the trim, the fence and the front door. After all, the Australian dream is essentially made up of the house with the white picket fence and red door!