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10 ways to impress buyers before they come inside

We have tips to help you do a great job of setting up your outdoor areas for maximum appeal

Buyers are out in force. They want to make the most of record-low interest rates. Many are ready to create their new normal, trading location for more space, wary of being cooped up during any future lockdowns.

Prices are also continuing to strengthen despite the economic hiccup of Covid, but if you want to make the most of this fantastic time to sell, you need to make a great first impression with buyers.

The first time a buyer is likely to see your home is in a photo on either a property portal or in an email newsletter. From here, they’ll be tempted to view more images, watch a video of the property or even do a virtual walk through.

They they’ll come to an open for inspection, and the first thing they will see if your front garden. The outdoor space around your home is like another room or two. If it’s appealing, it will increase your chances of a really great price.

Below is a small list of tips to help you do a great job of setting up your outdoor areas for maximum appeal.

  1. Make it tidy. This is the minimum you need to achieve. Put away the hose, tools and toys that might usually litter the yard. Junk needs to be taken to the tip. Ask family to mind the trailer, caravan or boat or put them into storage. It’s probably a good idea to retire any gnomes and garden ornaments, at least while your home is on the market.
  2. Tip-top condition. It’s essential for buyers to see that the frontage is well maintained. Check if the windows and sills need a repaint, and inspect the guttering and downpipes. Make sure the gutters are clear of leaves.
  3. Go green. The lawn doesn’t have to be manicured but make sure you mow it regularly during the sales campaign. Put mulch on the flowerbeds to cover unsightly weeds and trim the hedges.
  4. Window dressing. Keep plants away from the windows. Apart from creating a straggly, overgrown look, you don’t want them to reduce the natural light that floods into your home. Light helps make the interior feel larger.
  5. Add character. If you feel your front garden lacks a focal point, consider planting a mature tree. Choose an evergreen or something that will be in flower during the time you are selling.
  6. Privacy matters. An element of seclusion and mystery from the street leaves buyers wanting to know more. Plant bushes or use screening. Privacy from neighbours and the passers-by has real value.
  7. Create colour. Lovely flowering annuals will add a brightness to your flowerbeds. One of the cheapest and easiest ways to add colour is to paint your front door a bright, primary colour. It’s really in fashion right now and leaves a lasting impression.
  8. The path most travelled. Pressure-wash your garden path and driveway. Check them for surface chips and cracks, and get any damaged repaired. (You can hire pressure washers or buy them, quite reasonably priced, at a hardware store,
  9. Shed some light. Install new, modern lighting at the front door and on the porch. Your agent will turn them on during inspections.
  10. Just add tech. Buyers are always impressed by home security, automated gates, and the latest in locking mechanisms for your door. Consider installing a sprinkler system, too.

Article courtesy of Active Pipe.