No matter whether you are in the process of trying to sell your home, or you simply want to give your house a bit of a makeover, kerb appeal is something you should certainly focus on. However, it’s something we tend to overlook. We focus on the inside of our house because this is where we spend most of our time. Nonetheless, the exterior of your house is going to be the first thing people see when they approach your property. It sets the tone for the rest of your home, and so it is arguably one of the most important elements of your property. Not only this, but when selling your house, you want it to stand out from the other homes in the area, and boosting your kerb appeal is one of the best ways to do this. But, how do you go about it? Read on to discover some top tips.
Don’t let your neighbours ruin your kerb appeal – Let’s deal with those pesky neighbours first and foremost. There is nothing more frustrating than putting so much effort into your own home only for the house next door to ruin it. If your neighbours have rubbish outside of their house, for example, the best thing to do is offer to remove it for them. Yes, this can be an inconvenience, and you shouldn’t really have to do it. However, you are going to get a lot further by approaching it as if you are doing a favour for someone, rather than moaning to him or her about it.
Make a grand entrance – Needless to say, your front door and the surrounding area needs to be pristine. Consider replacing your front door to make a big impression. You don’t need to go for a bright red door to make a statement. Opt for something with glazing panels for a statement feature and a modern look. Plus, little finishing touches can go a very long way, from stylish door numbers to beautiful potted plants at either side of your door.
Repair or replace your garage door – Your garage door is just as important as your front door, yet you probably don’t treat it as such. If your current door is broken, you should look into getting a garage door repair. If your current door is simply old and doesn’t look great, you should look into getting a garage door replacement. Your garage may not be the most exciting part of your property, but it can certainly let it down if you do not give it the care it deserves.
Spruce up a tired façade – You should spruce up any tired facades by rendering over ugly brickwork, or by repointing or repainting. However, make sure you don’t go overboard with your choice of paint colours. Choose something that suits the period of your property, and make sure your selection is more sensible than your front door choice. You don’t need to go for the same colour as other properties in your area, unless you are in a heritage area, of course, but you probably won’t want to stick out like a sore thumb.
Add some greenery – It does not matter how small the space is that is available to you, you need to add some greenery. You don’t need a large garden in order to plant a creeper. Plus, how beautiful do houses look when they have plants trailing up them? This is not the only option available to you. You could easily make a window box yourself, for example. The options really are endless when it comes to greenery; it’s just important that you add some, no matter what form it is in. Plants and trees create a homely and welcoming vibe. They add personality too.
Give your windows a bit of TLC – Nothing makes a home look more run down and uncared for than windows that are dirty. Make sure you clean your windows regularly. Moreover, get rid of any rotten window frames – this is never a good look!
Naming or numbering your house – Naming or numbering your house is something that a lot of people like to do, especially the former. It gives your house some character and makes it unique. Nevertheless, this can easily go south if you do not do it correctly. Plaques with pictures, such as trees and birds, can be a bit OTT and they do not do any justice to the front of your property. You should also stay away from badly painted names and wonky numerals. This may sound obvious, but you would be surprised by how many houses are adorned in this manner.
Lighting is vital – Last but not least, another way to improve your home and your kerb appeal is to get the lighting right. You need to place lighting at either side of your front door, which will add symmetry. It’s also a good idea to incorporate different styles of lighting throughout your gardening, ensuring they are at the most critical points. For example, you could have lighting that turns on automatically when someone approaches the pathway to your front door. This creates a much more welcome entry to your property. Plus, the last thing you want is for someone viewing your house to fall over on his or her way to your front door because it is so poorly lit. This is never a good look!
As you can see, there are many different ways you can boost your home’s kerb appeal. From replacing your garage door to ensuring your neighbours don’t ruin your kerb appeal, there are a number of steps you can take, which are guaranteed to have a positive impact on the overall impression your property gives.
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