Whilst the housing market is buoyant due to the stamp duty holiday, many people are opting to move house to take advantage of the extra benefit. Stamp duty, as we know, can add thousands to your house purchase price. On the flip side, with holidays over the last year cancelled, many people are happy to spend on home improvements instead. Whichever camp you fall into, we have some ideas about how to improve the ‘kerb appeal’ of your property, whether it’s to sell it, or just to make your neighbours envious!
Your garden is an extension of your house. In the warmer summer months, it’s always nice to spend time in the outdoors, either relaxing or playing. Barbecues are likely to be the way we socialise this year (if lockdown is ever lifted!) as it’s safer to mix outside rather than in.
A mature garden will undoubtedly add value to your property, but if you’re starting a landscaping project from scratch, then it’s a bigger task to get the larger more mature plants and shrubs in place without the help of some kind of mechanical machinery. You might have to clear lots of scrubland first and even digging large holes for new fence posts can be too big of a job to do by hand. Your local Small plant hire company can supply the right kind of machine for the job.
This too can be a big budget project, but if the brickwork of your house is ugly, then cover it up! It will add a layer of protection from the elements, and the beauty of it is, if you get bored with the colour, paint it again! Render can give your home a more sleek and contemporary appearance, but you need to be sympathetic to the style of your house before you embark on any drastic change.
Check for maintenance jobs that need doing. A missing tile from your roof could be a red flag to any potential buyer, as well as causing all kinds of trouble in your roof space. Look for cracks in your paths and driveway and fill accordingly, give your front door a lick of paint and place some brightly coloured flowers in pots at the side of it.
If you can’t afford to have all of your windows replaced, consider investing in just the front of your house first. You only get one chance to make a good first impression! If replacing even half your home’s windows is outside of your budget, make sure that your existing ones and their frames are clean.