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4 Kerb Appeal Essentials That Can Boost Your Home’s Value

4 Kerb Appeal Essentials That Can Boost Your Home’s Value

How to Increase the Value of Your Home From the Outside

With so many house projects, they become essential after a while.

We have to start looking at the things that are truly essential for our home in the long run.

Kerb appeal is one of those things that can increase the resale value of your home by up to 10%.

This is why you need to find the most essential elements that boost curb appeal.

Take a walk around your house with fresh eyes or ask someone to do it with you and point out all the flaws.

Look at your home from the street and different angles to get a feel for how others look at it.

Doing this will help you know where to spend money and what needs your attention.

Alternatively, here are 4 tips to help you get started with updating your kerb appeal.

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4 Kerb Appeal Essentials That Always Boosts Your Home's Value

1. Refresh the Property’s Exterior

The property’s exterior is the first thing any potential buyer will see, and therefore, you need to make sure that everything looks nice but also has a greater degree of symmetry.

It can be easy to leave certain upgrades for many years, but if you are looking to improve the overall symmetry of the space, look at your pathways.

There are many concrete repair services you can utilise if you don’t have the smooth walking surfaces that you need.

Think about levelling out those driveways and walkways, and this will make a very positive first impression because your potential buyers won’t accidentally trip over a protruding piece of concrete.

Of course, with exterior work, you can also do the finishing touches such as upgrading the colour of the house by using exterior wall paint or you can clean the outside of your home with a pressure washer.

Concreting might not seem cheap but the difference it can make is significant.

When I sold a property in Sydney, by investing in a driveway, the value increased drastically and there ended up being a bidding war the day it got listed.

Nothing else about the exterior was changed but that one element made a significant difference to the appeal.

2. Modernising Lighting

Lighting is one of those things that instantly sets the scene, and if you are planning on selling your home, you need to always ensure that the property is literally in the right light.

There are so many things that we need to do to make sure that we give off that positive first impression when someone’s looking around our home, for example, clearing clutter, but modernising the lighting will make the property far brighter, and this will ensure that everything looks as best as it can.

Lighting doesn’t need to be expensive either. I’ve seen lights for free on Facebook Marketplace because someone bought too many or changed their minds.


4 Kerb Appeal Essentials That Always Boosts Your Home's Value

3. Upgrading the Windows

Windows are so important, yet can be drastically overlooked.

Start with a thorough clean, removing any cobwebs and road dirt, this alone can make a difference.

Check for any windows and their frames that might need repairs and get that sorted.

Many windows can suffer from being blown, which is where the panes have started to come away from the sealant, resulting in condensation causing problems between the two panes of glass.

Replacing the window panes or at the very least looking at how you can fix blown windows can make a massive difference here.

Ensuring your windows are in good condition will make a big difference, primarily because people are looking for more environmentally friendly homes.

If you are losing a lot of heating through cracks in the windows, this should be a priority.

4. Fixing the Greenery

Another key component of curb appeal is making sure that you can tell a story with the greenery.

It’s relatively straightforward to ensure that hedges are trimmed.

Many people may not have the time to do this, so therefore you could invest in a landscaping company to do this for you.

Greenery will instantly make the home look brighter, and therefore, if you prioritise the exterior, upgrading the greenery can make a massive difference to how the property feels.

A few years ago we moved into a home that had nothing in the gardens and had been a rental for a long time.

There were some spare pavers in the backyard we brought to the front and we got 3 screens and pot plants with yukkas in them for $20 each from someone throwing them out.

That small change was enough for people to stop and comment on the difference it made to the whole house, asking if we’d bought it (as it was a long-term rental) etc.

A minimal cost change that made a significant difference.

How would you improve your kerb appeal?


4 Kerb Appeal Essentials That Always Boosts Your Home's Value

Get a $125 Bonus from ING

Until 30 September 2024, ING is offering $125 cash to new account holders. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Open an everyday account and put the promo code Cnw116 in the promo box (you must use the code to get the $125 bonus) and complete all the steps below in the first month.
  2. Deposit $1,000 into the account such as your income or Centrelink payments within the month
  3. Make 5 settled transactions
  4. Open a Savings Maximiser (current interest rate is 5.5%)
  5. Make a deposit of ANY amount into the Savings Maximiser

Then you get your $125 the following month.
Note: The $1,000 deposit doesn’t need to be $1,000 at once, it can be smaller amounts as long as it is $1,000 total within the month.

How to get a $125 bonus from ING

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