First impressions count, so when bringing your home to the market you need to ensure that your property receives the attention it deserves for all the right reasons. Before a buyer even reaches your front door perceptions are being formed which will have an impact on a potential sale so attention to detail has never been more important. It only takes a few seconds for them to decide if they like the property or not so it’s all hands on deck - we’re talking about kerb appeal and the need to embrace it!
(2 Grove Avenue, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, click the image for further details)
COMPARE & CONTRAST
It’s time to detach yourself emotionally from all that you hold dear and pass a critical eye over your home to visualize it as others might. Take a stroll around your immediate vicinity and see how your home compares to that of surrounding properties - does it compare favourably? Check market values and see what levels similar properties in your area sold for and in what condition. Attend local open viewings and take note of your reaction to the properties, what did you notice, what was it that you liked or not? These few simple steps will focus your mind on what your own viewers will be observing – so now with the homework done it’s ready for action.
(Steeplechase, Ratoath, Co. Meath, click the image for further details)
TIME FOR A MANICURE
Dust off your lawnmower and hedge clippers and roll up the sleeves, research has shown that a well presented garden sets a positive tone for viewings and will influence decisions. Buyers like what they see and it is important and reassuring for them to know that the property they are viewing has been well cared for. It may be backbreaking but weeds have to be tackled with gusto - paving and decking washed down and freshened up.
(7 Ballybride, Ballybride Road, Rathmichael, Dublin 18, click the image for further details)
A SPLASH OF COLOUR
Gardens should be well-stocked with seasonal planting, it doesn’t have to be mature, a trip to your local garden centre will transform any outdoor space with an abundance of cheerful planters and containers brimful with colourful cheer to choose from. Build up areas of interest, try different display levels and add hanging baskets with trailing Lobelia or Petunia to either side of your front door as a welcome to potential buyers.
(45 Sandford Terrace, Sandford Road, Ranelagh, Dublin 6, click the image for further details)
Freshly painted exterior walls and window frames will shout kerb appeal, if you have a rear garage or entrance make sure that they are spruced up too as viewers will explore residential areas of interest before they commit to a purchase. Although a note of caution - when selecting the colour to freshen up your front door - now may not be the time to embrace your inner artist!
(Roselea, 16 Marlborough Road, Glenageary, Co. Dublin, click the image for further details)