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Article by Richard Berckleman Master builder, Real Estate Sales.


Improve the sale price of your home!It is true to say that people judge a book by its cover yet when looking for ways to improve the chances of selling your home most people look at internal renovations or upgrading the bathrooms and kitchens. Home owners can often spend a fortune on things that do not improve the street appeal of a home. Whats the point of having a great kitchen if you can’t get the client inside to view it?

If you want to sell your home you need to look at it as a potential client would!

The first thing a purchaser does when seeking out a property is to look at internet or newspaper listings for properties for sale. The first impression a customer gets is from the photographs of the home. They look at the internal photos but the ultimate decider is the3 Tips + 1 Secret to help sell your home! overall appeal of the property.

When a client comes into the office to look for a property, they are searching for specific conditions such as 3 bedrooms, 2 story, garaging etc… but when they inspect the property other things far more important to them come into consideration.

So 3 BIG tips? What Are They?

1. Privacy,

3 Tips + 1 Secret to help sell your home!Privacy is most important. The home may be beautiful inside but if overlooked by surrounding developments the private space of the home is reduced. Maybe the neighbors windows look straight into the home, maybe you feel like you are being watched no matter where you are in the house.

2. Security.

3 Tips + 1 Secret to help sell your home!The home may offer everything you want except you have the feeling of being exposed because the home does not have adequate security. You may feel exposed to the threat of intruders or it may be that your concerns are the security of your children or pets.

3. Street Appeal

3 Tips + 1 Secret to help sell your home!All clients ask to see the street frontage of the property before considering the internal layout. Sure clients want come into the office and ask for a 3 bedroom 2 bathroom home with a garage but when they are considering which homes to view, it’s the street appeal of the property that gets them through the front door.

You can’t sell a home if you can’t get the clients in the door to inspect it!!!

So what would I do? Firstly, adding privacy screens and raising fence heights in selected areas to increase privacy. If overlooked from above it is best to add a pergola or outdoor covered space. If your fences are at a maximum height as allowed by the state fencing codes add a natural hedge plant or wire and vines to increase your privacy. Privacy is the number 1 reason people feel uncomfortable in a new property.

This guide to designing and building your own fencing and gates has all the information you need to make a huge difference to your home and sale values. It even contains links to the local county fence codes and a collection of letters to send your neighbors.

Security is a major issue. Some people can observe and overcome security problems but most clients feel uncomfortable in the property but can’t explain why. If you have young children your major concerns would be their welfare and security. May security issues are raised by lack of privacy so curing privacy issues can go a long way toward making your potential sale successful!

Street appeal is the magic that attracts people to fall in love with a property. It may be character filled heritage homes or super modern developments but in all cases it is the street appeal that Add street appeal and sell your home for more!helps get the clients into your home!

I have driven many clients to view properties and in some cases the client will pass up the opportunity of viewing the home based on their impression from the street! They don’t even leave the car even though the property offers all the required items the customer has requested!

Street appeal is a personal thing. Some homes are just plain ugly and have little appeal. So wh3 Tips + 1 Secret to help sell your home!at is the secret to dramatically improve the street appeal or presentation of your property?

The secret to dramatically changing the street appeal of your property, while at the same time improving or curing privacy and security concerns is to change or install new fencing, screens and gates. Fencing and gates cost considerably less than kitchen or bathroom renovations and will dramatically improve your sale price.

Fencing and gates can improve the street appeal, privacy and security of your property cheaply and quickly. Plus most handymen can build decorative wooden fences and gates themselves and save a fortune!

3 Tips + 1 Secret to help sell your home!For more information view the articles below on fencing, screens and gate improvements for your home, plus links to DIY plans!

Driveway gates are the entrance to your property and a well designed and made feature gate will transform the street appeal of your home and values!

You can change the appearance of your home quickly and economically by changing your fencing and gates!

Modernise your home with horizontal timber slat fencing and screens or renovate your period home with decorative timber picket fencing!

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750 Fence & Gate Designs – The Ultimate Guide To Fencing!

Wood privacy screens & fencingPrivacy screens can be constructed from most materials with timberWood privacy screens & fencing lattice or slat the most popular. They can be incorporated in deck design, as part of the fence structure or concreted straight into the ground. Decorative privacy screens can add usable space by enhancing visual appearance. Privacy screens are great for hiding garbage bin bays or anything that is unsightly, ugly or hazardous.

Wood privacy screens & fencingPrivacy screens can be constructed to many shapes and sizes. The most common being the lattice or horizontal slat screens. Fencing and gates can be constructed to match your privacy screens.

Horizontal screens: If using horizontal wood or aluminium slats you will need square steel or wood posts spaced at 2′ (600mm) apart. Steel posts will stay straight for many years keeping the structure straight and true.Wood privacy screens & fencing

Vertical:  If you are using lattice or vertical picket designs use 4″ x 4″ (100mm x 100mm) wood posts spaced at no more than 7′ (2.1m). Rebate timber rails into the back of the posts and fix the pickets to the front of the rails. Rails should be spaced no more than 3′ (900mm) apart and 10″ (200mm) from the end of the pickets. If your fence or screen is higher than 4’6″ (1.3m) you will need to allow for 3 horizontal rails.

Wood privacy screens & fencingDig a footing 12″ x12″ x24″ deep, for each post. Start by concreting the two end posts first then setup a string line along the top of your posts. Concrete the other posts using a level and the string line.

Cut a rebate for your wood rails (usually 3″ x 2″). Cut the rails, joining only at each post and fix into position. Fix the pickets, lattice or panneling into position. Make sure to paint all joins prior to assembly.

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