Creating the Perfect Home and Garden

Two easy ways to make your home look better before you put it on the market

If you want to sell your home quickly, it's worth taking steps to ensure it looks its best before you put it on the market. Here are two easy ways to do this.

Replace your old blinds

If you installed your current blinds many years ago, it might be a good idea to replace them before you advertise your home for sale.

The reason for this is as follows; over time, the appearance of a blind will deteriorate. The colour of the fabric will fade or become patchy (as a result of long-term exposure to sunlight), and the threads on the edges of the blind may loosen (due to the friction created by the blind being rolled up and down on a daily basis for several years).

Additionally, if you chose your current blinds a long time ago, it is quite likely that their colour or pattern may look a bit dated now.

If a lot of the windows in the rooms of your home are dressed with threadbare, faded and unfashionable blinds, you may find that these rooms look shabby, even if their other features are in good condition. This could affect the level of interest prospective buyers express when they view your property.

As such, it's worth investing in some new blinds. It is best to choose ones that have a neutral colour and pattern (or no pattern at all), as this is the type of decorative style which is most likely to appeal to the vast majority of prospective buyers.

Tidy up your garden

Another very easy way to ensure that your property looks as good as possible before you attempt to sell it is to spend a day or two tidying up the garden.

This is more important than you might think, particularly if potential buyers will have to walk past your front garden in order to enter your home.

A messy garden that's overgrown and littered with broken plant pots and your children's discarded toys will leave potential buyers with a very poor first impression of your home.

You don't need to be a gardening expert to carry out this task. Simply mow the lawn, pull up any weeds and gather up and dispose of any broken patio furniture, toys and unused plant pots. Then, trim any hedges that surround your property and use a pressure washer to rinse dirt and debris off your garden's pathways and patio area.