Do you love checking out the estate agent windows to see how the other half live? I’m always browsing through the For Sale ads to see how beautiful the houses are. But have you noticed how it’s only the really pretty ones pique your interest? You see the pictures of the outside of the house first. If it looks good, that’s when you click on it to see the rest of the property!
Kerb appeal doesn’t have to be hard to achieve. Some properties need a little more help than others to look good, though. You can achieve a beautiful looking property with just a few simple ideas. Start by taking a photo of your house from the other side of the road. Print it out on an A4 sheet so you can really study it. If you laminate it, you can then use dry wipe markers or stickers to edit it as you try out different ideas.
Start with your front door. Does it look bright and colourful? Or is it more drab and tatty? Consider painting it a different colour, or installing an attractive porch light. If you look at some fibreglass door canopies, you’ll see you can change the whole look and feel of your entryway. Have you considered a couple of hanging baskets or standard plants for either side of the doorway? These help to add structure and colour to the area!
Now have a close look at the windows. Sometimes shutters can help give the house a more open feel. They particularly suit houses built in the country. Window boxes give you a chance to put some extra colour around the windows. They help create the illusion of depth and bigger size. If your window sills are looking shabby, give them a fresh lick of white paint, or a good scrub clean!
Old guttering has a nasty habit of breaking and getting mossy. If yours has seen better days, consider replacing it. Fresh guttering will also help prevent damp inside and outside of your home. You may need to hire a builder with a tall ladder to fit the upper areas. Is your roof in good condition? Mossy tiles can look old and tatty. Roof tiles have a lifespan of about thirty years. If yours are older than this and in poor condition, you may have to consider replacing them. I have a couple of leaks that need fixing before winter sets in.
Planting in your front garden should be kept at a low level so it doesn’t overwhelm the house. If it looks too bushy, it can make your house look smaller. The planting certainly shouldn’t be obstructing your view from the window. Keep the lawn short and use an edging tool to keep it tidy against the path. Power wash your path to keep it looking fresh and clean!
You might be thinking about rendering the outside of your property so you can paint it an attractive colour. This can be a big job to take on! But if I could do it to ours, I would because I don't like our all red brick front.
Look for the little details when you’re trying to improve the look of your home. Don’t forget to take a picture when you’re finished! Let me know how you keep your home's kerb appeal high!
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