Selling Your Home? Don’t Forget To Spruce Up The Outside

Selling Your Home? Don’t Forget To Spruce Up The Outside
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    If you're trying to sell your home, it's very important that you don't neglect the outside.

    Before people even book a viewing with a realtor they will probably do a “drive-by” to see what they think of the property and the neighborhood.

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It’s your first opportunity to wow them, and to convince them that they need to see more.

Taking just a few simple steps to improve the outside of your home could pay off.

Give Your Front Door Some TLC

It’s quite simple to revamp your front door, and the impact on the look of your home can be enormous! If your front door has peeling and flaking paint and is starting to look a little shabby, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Preparation is key.

    The first job you need to do is get rid of the old flaking paint on the door itself and on the entryway.

    For the door itself you can use sandpaper, and for the doorstep and surrounding stonework you’ll probably need to get a specialist paint remover.

  2. Repair cracks in the masonry around the door.

    This is actually simpler than you might think. Mixing sand and lime putty gives you lime mortar, which you can use to smooth out the stonework and fill in any gaps.

  3. Painting.

    This is the fun bit. Be sure to get an outdoor paint to use on your door as this will last longer. For the masonry you don’t need to paint if you don’t want to, you can use a limewash instead, which will allow the stonework to “breathe.”

    Just be sure to wear safety goggles as it’s not good if you get it in your eyes!

  4. Polish the brass work.

    If you have a brass letter box or door knocker, you can make them look brand new again by giving them a good clean with a specialist brass cleaner.

  5. Seal any gaps.

    If there are gaps between your door frame and the masonry, take the time to fill them in. Not only will it look smarter, it protects your home from damp and drafts too.

For more detailed instructions on how to restore your front door to its former glory, take a look at this guide.

Repoint And Repaint

If you want your house to look good from the curb, one of the most effective steps you can take is repointing and repainting the exterior. Repointing is touching up the mortar in between the bricks to fill in any gaps and give the exterior a more polished appearance.

Not only is repointing essential for improving the look of the outside of your home, it also improves performance against drafts and damp.

Repointing and repainting are both jobs that you can do yourself. However, you will need to get hold of ladders and scaffolding to allow you to reach the entire outside of the house.

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For this reason, many people like to use a painting contractor who specializes in exterior paintwork and repointing to do this job for them. After you take into account scaffolding hire you wouldn’t save that much by doing it yourself, and a professional will do a much better job!

Power Wash Your Paths

Simple and effective. A clean path that’s free from weeds will have a huge impact on how the outside of your home looks.

Hide Your Bins

Stumbling across someone’s slightly stinky bin isn’t a great first impression! If you can, find a way to conceal your outdoor bins so that potential buyers don’t need to see them.

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Dust Off Your Gardening Gloves

Taking a little time to mow your lawn, clear the weeds, and prune your shrubs back from the path can do wonders for how the outside of your home looks. And it’s a nice way to spend a sunny afternoon!

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