If you are ever trying to improve the overall look of your house, then there are a few things that you will find are always mentioned by estate agents, on blogs and in articles and books. One of those, commonly, is kerb appeal, and this is particularly important if you are ever thinking of selling your home. Kerb appeal is essentially what kind of first impression your home gives, and it is important when you are selling because your visitors are going to base a lot on that first glance. Just like with people, homes only have one chance of giving a good first impression. So how can you make sure that you are adding kerb appeal to your home? Well, here are four main focal points to think about.
This first one is something that people routinely forget about, and yet it makes such a profound difference overall. The right lighting can throw such a unique sight on everything that it really makes a difference to how the property looks on a first impression basis. If you don’t currently have any lighting outside at all, you really should invest in some. At the very least, you should make sure that the entrance to the doorway is well lit and the door itself. What’s more, make sure that the lighting level is appropriate. This means not too much, not too little. Experiment until you get it right.
Although not many people remember this, the driveway is hugely important in developing a good sense of kerb appeal. After all, in essence the driveway acts as an entrance-way, and the more welcoming and inviting it appears to be, the better. Ultimately, it makes little difference whether you have concrete driveways or pebble-dash, or whatever, the main thing is that you are keeping it looking as neat and professional as possible. And remember that the lighting can help you massively on this front too.
The front door is one of the easiest ways to improve the appearance of the outside of your home. If you really want to go above and beyond, then you might even consider replacing it entirely with a brand new door. You might be surprised at what a difference this can make – it is well worth trying, at any rate. However, if you don’t feel that you want to go that far, even just giving it a fresh lick of paint is likely to help things along massively. Go for a bright colour, don’t hold back. Oh, and make sure that you have a decent door knocker – these always seem to impress guests, for one reason or another.
If you have a lawn, then there are some advantages to that. Just make sure that you keep it neatly trimmed at all times, and keep it simple – maybe put a few plants on the borders, but nothing much. If you don’t have a lawn, that’s not a problem, but you might want to have a few more plants to counteract it.
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