Sell your Lancashire home faster by giving it some kerb appeal

As part of ‘Keep Britain Tidy’, a Marsh House Councillor has recently managed to persuade Blackburn and Darwen borough colleagues to back a call for a £1,000 fixed penalty for pesky Lancashire fly-tippers.

It’s a sad fact that fly-tipping has become a major headache for Darwen residents over the last few years, and is actually one of the biggest complaints our local council receives! So tougher penalties for dumping rubbish in our area would hopefully prevent this from happening, bring the councils costs down, as well as properly cleaning up our area.

For those of you hoping to sell your home over the upcoming summer months, if you suffer from local fly tipping it can be a definite hindrance to the way your property appears to buyers.

First impressions truly count when searching for your dream home, and if something is unsightly it could be putting off your dream buyers.

What does “kerb appeal” actually mean?

The term ‘kerb appeal’ originated from the housing boom in America, and refers to the attractiveness of the properties exterior as viewed from the street by potential buyers.

So if you’re having difficulty selling your home, we’ve devised the following 5 top tips to add some simple yet effective ‘kerb appeal’ to your home.

Create Simple Kerb Appeal By:

  1. General Maintenance

Weeds and overgrown plants will detract from the wonderful space that you’re trying to sell, so make your first priority to tidy up the plants and flowerbeds in the front garden. For a more organised and stylish look, match your plants and pots to the style of your home. For example: if it’s a traditional cottage, surround it with beautiful flowers or if it’s a modern, new home place succulent plants in pots on decking/porch areas.

If you have a driveway or path, repairing splits and cracks or replacing these areas will make the world of difference to your street view and buyers’ perception. And a fresh lick of paint to the building can also make the world of difference.

  1. Porch

If you are lucky enough to have a large porch area that’s clearly visible from the street enhance the space with fresh looking porch furniture, in keeping with the properties flora, colours and style.

  1. Doors

Create a warm and welcoming entrance to your property by giving your front door a fresh coat of paint or replacing it entirely. And if you have a garage make sure it looks at its best by painting or replacing the garage doors too.

  1. Lighting

Create a warm and inviting atmosphere, especially for those evening viewings, with some outdoor lighting. Most serious buyers will drive past homes they’re interested in, to see how they appear from the outside. Because this will mainly occur at night after they’ve finished work, well placed lighting will enable them to see every aspect of the property as well as the neighbourhood. A dark house will appear very unwelcoming, but with some tasteful low voltage and/or solar lighting it can even make your home look more expensive.

  1. Accessories

Does your home have a number on it? If not, how are potential buyers going to find it for viewings? Do you have a doorbell? Why not change it for a stylish door knocker, to enhance your newly painted front door?

Here are a couple of examples of great kerb appeal, from properties that are currently on the market in Darwen and Blackburn:

A 5 bedroom manor house for sale in Turncroft Road, Darwen. Located in a secure gated residence it has a sweeping driveway and a beautiful, easy to maintain gardens.

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A 4 bedroom detached house for sale in Earnsdale Close, Darwen. Found in a quiet cul-de-sac, on the approach to this property you’ll notice the beautifully manicured front garden with a neat driveway to the garage.

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As potential buyers drive past your home you want to catch their eye by creating a space where they can imagine themselves living; making it stand out from the crowd. Showcasing your home like this will also create attractive photographs for your online marketing; what with 90% of those looking to buy doing so online through portals such as Rightmove and Zoopla.

We have lots more ideas to give your home the kerb appeal it deserves. So if you’re struggling to sell or just want a fresh approach to selling, please get in touch on 01254 760660 or email: Darwen@AinsworthLordEstates.com..

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