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A House with Kerb Side Appeal
Sounds lovely doesn't it? It conjures up all sorts of warm images that you really want your prospective purchaser or tenant to have about your property. We all remember, from various TV programmes, their suggestions of how to make someone have that warm and cosy feel about your home consider baking bread or a putting a pot of coffee on so the smell emanates through all the rooms. But what about the gardens, what about kerb side appeal and what about a wonderful view from the lounge, kitchen or dining room window?
How many times have you heard friends or relatives saying they went out looking for a new house and did a 'drive by' (viewing that is, not shooting!!)? Nothing says 'first impressions count' more than this for the initial view of your home. Here are a few things you can do to enhance that kerbside appeal and the view from inside your home over the rear garden:
- Weed the driveway, around the garage and near fences
- Weed the borders
- Prune the shrubs
- Remove any dead foliage and dead head if it's the flowering season
- Think hedges and edges – clip your hedge and redefine your lawn edges
- Mow the lawn
- If you've got climbers growing up the walls ensure that any wispy growth is gently tied in and ensure all views from windows are unrestricted
- Rake up leaves in the autumn
- Depending on the season lightly fork over or dig the borders to make them look fresh or simply cover with a mulch
- Buy a few plants to fill any gaps that appear as you clear borders and prune existing shrubs
- Brush and/or pressure wash your paths and driveways as required
- If fences are looking unloved treat them with a coat of fence stain
- Finally, place decorative pots either side of the door or along the pathway with a splash of seasonal colour to welcome your prospective buyers – you can always take them with you when you move!
Nicki Jackson is Blue Daisy's garden designer & owner. A former HR consultant Nicki still finds the time to run Blue Daisy, design gardens and planting plans, write a blog, keep our gardening clients happy and offer IIP advice and outplacement support through Blue Daisy Consultancy.