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SOLICITORS AND ESTATE AGENTS

Kerb appeal: you never get a second chance to make a first impression

The first thing anyone sees of your house is the garden. Kerb appeal is a term that is frequently used in the property development and estate agency world, as it is what a buyer sees from the street that makes a property attractive, or not.

A decision to view a property or, indeed, to buy a property, is made extremely quickly. And it is true what they say - “you never get a second chance to make a first impression”. The important consideration is to ensure that the viewer actually does enter the property for a viewing. You do not want them to be put off a viewing because their first impression, caused by the state of a garden, is that the property is not well cared for.

Here are our top 10 tips to ensure your property has kerb appeal and is as inviting as possible:

  • Mow the grass and cut edges;
  • Cut back any overgrown bushes or trees;
  • Do all the weeding and dead heading required including any paths;
  • Consider placing some pots of brightly coloured flowers along the path or at the front door;
  • Make sure any gates are painted and hanging properly and fences are fixed;
  • Make sure the garage door is also in good condition;
  • Hide the bins, either in the garage or in a suitable bin store area;
  • Power wash any driveways and paths;
  • Freshen up walls with a lick of paint;
  • Add a little extra sparkle with clean windows and well-maintained window sills.

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