Preparing Your House for Sale – Step Outside

You never get another chance to make a first impression – so it is important that you make it count. Your first step is to walk outside and imagine you are a potential buyer turning up for an inspection how does the outside of your home present, is it worth a second look? Here are a few tips to help you spruce up the outside of your house and to maximize your curb-side appeal.

Color Creations to Attract More Buyers

The garden is one place you can have fun with color but rather than introduce lots of different colors into a small garden bed, try sticking to one shade, perhaps using varying tones. You can add instant color with pots of whatever is in flower from the nursery.

Neat and Trim

Just like inside your house, your garden should be neat, tidy and clear of clutter. Weed your garden and keep the lawn trimmed when opening you home for inspection. Consider your plants – remove dead plants and replace with new specimens, but make sure they suit the conditions in your garden: you don’t want them to die before you sell.

Styling your Garden

You can give your garden a simple makeover before you sell by adding defining borders to your flower beds and adding a focal point. Timber borders are popular, or you can outline your beds with small shrubs or grasses. Add a few larger plants as focal points but keep them in proportion to the size of your garden.

Creating a Courtyard

Many houses today, particularly in the inner city, don’t have large gardens. Often there is only a small courtyard so it is important to maximize this space. The first step may be to create a focal point like a water feature, statue or urn. This should be placed at the furthest point from the entrance so your buyers vision is drawn a distance, giving a sense of space.

You can also give an illusion of space by paving the entire area with large pavers (500x500mm) to make the ground look wider and less busy. Don’t use any dark colors in your courtyard structures as these reduce the perception of space.

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