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Essential improvements to the exterior of you investment property.

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First impressions last a lifetime – and nowhere is that more true than when it comes to a house. When renovating to sell or rent out, the exterior of the home needs to be kept in mind. The good news is, this doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Below, we highlight some of the most important points.

The exterior of the home undoubtedly sees the most wear-and-tear. Yes, even more than the kids’ bedrooms. As a result, routine maintenance is essential. As a landlord, you’ll need to ensure that waterproofing and painting is up to date – not only to keep your tenants happy, but to protect your investment. Ensure the roof is in good condition, repairing tiles or sheets as needed.

While not structural, the maintenance of the garden is just as essential. Take a look at the state of existing plants, and evaluate how they affect the appearance of your property from the street.

Depending on the specific property, you may want to consider removing large trees that could be blocking light to the home. In other instances, it might be wise to remove sections of a large lawn and replace it with low maintenance alternatives.

As Charlene Nolte-Joubert from law firm Henkes Nolte- Joubert explains: “It’s best to start from the outside-in – have a look at the curb appeal of the property. If the home looks untidy from the outside, a negative impression has already been set, and it only takes mowing the lawn or raking leaves, turning over soil beds and sprinkling some fresh mulch to instantly make a better impression. Depending on the season, find some colourful seedlings to plant in pots or in the beds to brighten up the garden.”

Another important consideration, especially in the Western Cape at the moment, is getting rid of or reducing the size of a pool. There are several ways to do this, and speaking to an expert about your options can greatly add to the sustainability of your garden.

Exterior features like windows and the front door are also important when trying to sell or rent out a property. Inexpensive and quick solutions like a lick of paint or varnish can go a long way in making your property look more polished and put-together.

While none of these fixes need to be expensive, it’s important to have a clear plan when it comes to renovating the exterior of your property. Focus on your target market and ensure your renovations are in line with their needs.

By Monique du Toit

The original version of this article with additional tips can be read in our free digimag here.

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