They say you should never judge a book by its cover, but when you are viewing a house, first impressions are everything.
If your house is on the market, potential buyers will already have a good, bad or indifferent feeling about the property before they even knock on the door.
And that’s down to “kerb appeal”, as sales and marketing director at Nock Deighton, Michael Nettleton, explains.
“Buyers just can’t help but be influenced by how the front of your house looks,” he says. “So you need to think about your kerb appeal, ideally before you put your house on the market.
“We have even had clients who delayed putting their house up for sale until they had resurfaced their drive, and it was worth the wait because it sold in the first month.
“There are smaller touches you can make too, like making sure your windows are clean and the front door looks smart.
“Think about lighting if you are having evening viewings - a nice welcoming lantern next to the front door can make all the difference.
“It’s all about presenting your home in the best possible way, so spend a little time sprucing up the front garden if you have one and make sure everything is spick and span.”