When selling property, first impressions count. Here’s how you can make sure your home appeals to buyers from the get-go.
Want to know how to make a great first impression with the front of your home?
Perhaps the answer is: turn to Instagram. Anglian Home Improvements and landscaping expert Gena Lorraine from Fantastic Services studied 500 photographs on the social media site with the hashtag #doorstagram to get the lowdown on exterior trends.
Liza Wrigley, Digital Marketing Manager at Anglian Home Improvements, said: “Instagram is a great source of inspiration for any budding interior and exterior designer, as it shows exactly what people look for in a home.
“We’re hoping our tips help inspire new homeowners who are unsure of where to start when it comes to the exterior of their property. Or those who are simply in a style rut and would like knowledge on how to make a great first impression.”
1. Add a splash of colour
Colourful front doors are a great way to make the front of your home stand out and add personality. Analysis of the #doorstagram hashtag found that blue is the most popular colour, accounting for more than a third of the most photographed doors, followed by red and black with 10% each.
2. Accessorise your front door
There are many other ways to style your front door aside from changing its colour. You can try adding new handles, knockers or even a wreath to draw attention to the front of your home and add style to a blank canvas.
The research showed that classic Victorian door knockers (16%) and black ironwork handles (22%) were the most popular accessories, but other options included flags, brass lion door knockers and stained glass.
3. Get floral
Trellises adorned with colourful flowers, hanging baskets and potted plants are perfect for creating a stylish exterior, along with masking any imperfections that the front of your home may have.
A tenth of the photographs that were analysed featured climbing plants such as flowers draped across the door or the side of the wall, and a fifth (20%) had plant pots on their doorstep.
Landscaping expert Gena Lorraine recommends adding plants “such as petunias, fuchsias, portulacas and geraniums.”
4. Install outside lighting
Adding lights to the front of your home will not only help you see at night, but they are a fantastic way of illuminating features such as footpaths or highlighting notable trees and shrubs.
Almost one in 10 of the photographs featured had lighting, most of which were traditional, Victorian-style lanterns. “Remember that lights should be used sparingly as you wouldn’t want to floodlight your entire neighbourhood,” added Lorraine.
5. Crack on with maintenance
Lorraine suggests that “kerbs are like a greeting card. If they’re in bad condition, then people will be sceptical about the interior of the house and look for faults everywhere.”
So, if you’ve been putting it off, now’s the time to power wash the outside of your home and to add a lick of paint to spruce up worn fences and doors.
6. Tidy up your garden
Finally, one of the best ways to make a great first impression with your home is having a well-maintained garden. Lorraine explains: “It doesn't matter if all you have is a lawn, you have to take proper care of it. Make sure it’s neatly trimmed and there aren't any overgrown shrubs in your garden.
"Get rid of weeds and take care of your plants. You can go the extra mile and even plant some border flowers and install window boxes to complete the look.”