Top tips for making the home look better in summer

by Gary Whittaker

When it comes time to spruce up a home for showing to new tenants, letting agents and landlords will focus on some of the key areas inside the home, like putting in a new bathroom suite, fitting new kitchen cabinets or laying new flooring throughout. But in the summer months, it can be a good idea to take a step back and look at the home not only internally, but also how it looks from the outside to anyone passing, or even coming for a viewing. 
The outside of the home is actually a very important selling point for your property. Kerb appeal is a real concern for anyone looking to rent or sell a home, and the first impression that is made when someone turns up at a property will go a long way to deciding if they choose to rent it or not. 
However, it's easy to forget the outside parts of a home when you're doing it up. So this year, why not make it a priority to make the most of summer, and give any rental homes you're looking to find a tenant for a new lease of life, and an all-new kerb appeal. Here, we take a look at just a few tips for finding success in this regard. 
Tidy the garden
It doesn't take all that long to give the garden a little tidy, but it can go a long way to making the property look more presentable to potential new tenants. To give the home that refreshed look this summer, do the simple things like mowing the lawn, taking out anything that's been left behind by tenants such as garden furniture and toys. 
Removing the clutter and trimming back trees and the lawn will go a long way to making sure the property looks as desirable outside as it does internally. 
Wash away winter
To greatly improve your chances of finding a tenant in the summer months, it's a good idea to wash away any last reminders of the winter weather that came before. It can be as simple as just pulling out a pressure washer and blasting away all the old leaves that are still stuck to the path in the garden, or even just giving the walls and the path a good clean to get rid of all the dirt and grime that builds up. After all, a cleaner home will look fresh, vibrant and ready for summer and new tenants. 
A new lick of paint
Perhaps the easiest way to give the home a little bit of a summer refresh on the outside is just to spend a couple of hours with a pot of paint. Whether it's the fence or the front door, taking time to replace old and worn paint jobs with a new, fresh coat, will give the home a new lease of life and attract tenants far more easily. 
Remember to take colour into account as well when painting the door. Black and red, for example, are classic examples of colours that could turn tenants away, while green and blue doors are more natural in their shades, and more welcoming as a result; particularly in summer. 
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23-June-17General Lettings News