If you want to improve the impression your home makes on others, then the best place to start is to look outside.
Curb appeal describes how your home looks from the outside, and it’s important because it’s the first thing anyone will see. Also, of course, it’s the last thing they will see when they leave.
It’s essential for anyone wanting their home to make a great first impression. And, it’s more important for anyone wanting to sell their house and move on.
In this guide, we’re going to give you five simple improvements to make for a better curb appeal.
Let’s take a look.
Install some lighting
Your next step is to install some excellent lighting around the place. This is great for two reasons. First of all, if you have motion sensors, it can make your home more welcoming in the evening while scaring off burglars.
Secondly, it can help you highlight your home’s best features. It could be an attractive design above your porch, for example, or your pride and joy plants in your shrubbery.
If your home’s exterior hasn’t had a lick of paint for the last decade or so, then why not freshen things up a little? A couple of coats to your outside walls, doors, and frames can work wonders.
You could go for contrasting hues so that your front door or porch really pops out, and it will give your home a more lively appearance.
Fix your guttering
Broken guttering may seem unimportant when the weather is okay, but it can cause enormous problems when it’s cold and wet. Any blockages or damaged areas can lead to leaks, which can stain the front of your house, and encourage damp patches.
If you are going to tackle your guttering yourself, make sure that you do so safely. Get hold of some builders trestles and scaffold, and ensure that you have a firm platform to work from. If you don’
t have the skills, just find a professional that can do it for you – your safety is paramount, of course.
Make an effort with your front garden
See what you can do to make your home look more enticing by improving your garden landscape. You can add the right mix of perennial and seasonal flowers, plants and shrubs so that it looks great all year round.
Try to use the plants to draw people’s eyes from one side of the building to the other or from the entrance all the way up to the front door. It will give your property an instant lift.
Use window boxes
Finally, don’t forget that your home has a face – and you can improve it with the simple addition of window boxes. Try iron or copper if you want to go down the traditional route. Or, you could try using wood and paint them in contrasting or complimenting colours.
There’s a lot you can do – and don’t forget to mix and match the colours of your plants, too.
OK, so there are five things to get you started. Good luck with the home facelift!