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KERB APPEAL

With Easter just around the corner the pre-season “spruce up” is well underway in and around the harbour and town in Brixham.  There have been some major re-fits over the winter as well as the usual licks of paint in readiness for the summer ahead.  An external “spruce up” is equally important for anyone selling a property.  To appeal to buyers overwhelmed by choice both online and in print sellers need to stand out from the crowd, with “kerb appeal” being vital.  People often think they do not want to spend money on the outside of their houses, thinking that what’s inside will seal the deal.  But don’t forget that it is probably a picture of the outside that caught a buyers notice in the first place.  It is the first thing anyone will see and many people will assume the state of the exterior will be a fair reflection of the state of the interior.  The way we buy property these days is evolving.  Before the internet arrived buyers would decide on an area and drive around it and get a feel for it, but now much of a buyer’s initial search is done on-line and research shows that people spend just three seconds looking at a picture before moving onto the next one.  External presentation is therefore vital.  With the sun now shining it is worth spending an hour or so tidying up the front.  Stand across the road a take a look as if you were the buyer.  In the words of Amanda Lamb of Mad about the House, “Trim Your Bush and Polish Your Knockers!”        

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