Many people don’t give much thought to their homes kerb appeal until it’s time to sell. They move in and live in their house without changing much for years until it’s time to move out.
Isn’t that a shame though? When you can make the house homely and personal to you with just a few simple changes.
Looking after the exterior of your property can have other benefits too. Regular maintenance of gardens, pathways, windows and paintwork will not only keep your home looking stunning on the outside, you’ll also avoid costly repair bills that can crop up when small jobs are neglected.
A well maintained and presented house will also provide you with a welcoming arrival after a long day at work. Coming home to a beautiful property that you’ve invested time, love and energy into can help wash away the stress and troubles of the day.
Gardens are an important part of many homes kerb appeal and being green-fingered has been shown to improve our sense of well-being and reduce stress. It doesn’t matter if you have the world’s smallest front garden or patio, you can still find a way to add colour and life.
Add some plants and bushes to give the house a more natural feel. Plant some flowers or attach hanging plants to the front outside wall (or both). As long as you choose sensible plants and none that will grow out of control, you will be improving the look of your home which will make you and all your visitors instantly happier.
In this post we take a look at five extremely simple ways you can improve your homes kerb appeal, regardless of whether it is for you or for any potential buyers.
Make Your Windows Sparkle
Regular window cleaning is a simple and effective way of keeping the exterior of your home looking it’s best.
Not only will your home look better from the outside but clean windows allow more natural light into your property. Natural light is important for our health and well-being and can help us feel more alert and reduce stress and anxiety.
Fix or Replace Exterior Fixtures and Fittings
Broken guttering, fences and gates all detract from the appeal of your property. If you have broken gutters then make repairing these a priority as leaks can cause water damage to your home that can be very costly.
If you have a metal gate with peeling paint or your fencing is looking shabby and unloved then set aside a weekend to get them back to their best.
Make a Grand Entrance
Believe it or not, when someone points at a house or even just glances across at a house, more often than not their first sight will be the front door.
Needless to say, the front door is typically the first thing you and your guests will see when arriving at your property. An old, shabby or broken front door provides a poor first impression of your home and can also be bad for security and insulation. Whether its updating your front door with new paint (all you need is a tin of paint and a paint brush but it is also extremely effective) or investing in a completely new one, your front door instantly lifts the appearance of your home, with the added benefit of potentially cutting your energy bills.
A solid core composite door, available from manufacturers such as Just Doors and Conservatories, ticks all the boxes when it comes to looks, safety and energy efficiency. With a wide range of styles and colours available there is solid core door to suit every type of property.
Tidy Your Path or Driveway
A low cost and easy way of enhancing your homes kerb appeal is to ensure your the driveway and pathway to the front door are pristine. These two spots are both easily visible.
There are a wealth of options here but you can start with removing weeds and replacing cracked paving stones to quickly improve appearances whilst also making it safer to walk on. You can also lay down some turf, laying a nice pathway or even putting down some wooden platforms in amongst stones. Or you can work with beautiful lighting.
A jet wash is a simple way of removing dirt and stains from stones and slabs, and you’ll be amazed at how clean your path or drive will look at the end.
Hide Your Bins
This one is a given.
One of easiest ways of reducing your home’s kerb appeal is to have a row of wheelie bins placed in front of it.
Where possible place bins out of sight so they are not visible on the front of the property. If this isn’t an option, for example, in a row of terraced houses, then there are a wide range of wheelie bin storage options available.