January 2, 2014
You can’t judge a book by its cover but you can judge a property by its exterior. The kerb appeal, or exterior appearance, of a property is the first thing we notice when we step onto a driveway; if there are more weeds than roses in the flower bed, if the wall paint is chipped or if there’s a crack in a window, someone’s bound to notice. It’s true to say we notice the kerb appeal of our neighbour’s properties more than we do our own, most of us don’t spend vast amounts of time admiring our own brickwork from across the road, but if you’re thinking about selling up or you simply want your home to be the whole package then it’s time to pay some serious attention to your home’s façade.
Building up your kerb appeal is simpler than it sounds, all it takes is some primping, preening and one or two upgrades and your home can be the shining star of your street.
1 – The First Step On The Journey: The Garden Path
If your garden path consists of a few faded paving slabs obscured by overgrown greenery, then the journey through your garden is unlikely to inspire. Your garden path doesn’t have to be a straight line from A to B, you can be as creative as you like with your layout and materials. Natural materials like stones are beautiful and dramatic, twists and turns add a touch of whimsy and stepping stones can be fun as long as you keep your grass under control. Whether you use repurposed bricks, gravel, or freeform slabs make sure your path is clear of everyday debris for a smooth journey.
2 – Freshen Things Up: A Lick Of Paint
Never underestimate the power of a fresh coat of paint. It sounds so incredibly simple but paint can lift your property and make it feel brand new. Re-painting a dated façade can give your home a more contemporary look; choose colours that are in keeping with your street to give a fluid feel to the whole area. Painting your front door is all about having fun; you can go as bright and as bold as you feel comfortable with. Vibrant glossy shades are a popular choice for the moment, but if you want something more demure then dark colours like black and plumb are subtle and modern.
3 – More Than Just A Door: Maximise Your Garage
Garage doors are one of the most often overlooked elements of your property, despite the fact they take up a large part of your properties exterior. Garage door technology (yes, there is such a thing!) has come a long way over the past few years, so if it has been a while since you last updated yours you might be surprised at what’s currently on the market. Your door needs to be practical as well as visually pleasing; companies like Bullet Garage Doors have a stunning mix of retractable doors, sectional doors, roller doors, timber doors and more, so there is a style and material to enhance any property.
4 – Spring Cleaning: Primping The Garden
A tidy garden sets the tone for your house. If you clean, trim, primp and prune your garden regularly throughout the year you can avoid it turning into a hefty job; trim hedges and plants at regular intervals, mow your lawn as and when it needs it and sweep leaves when they fall to keep it looking neat all through the year.
5 – Looking Beyond: The Windows
Dirty windows, peeling paint and broken window frames can make your property appear drab and uncared for. A good clean and a lick of paint might be all they need, but if they are damaged it might be time to replace them. Make sure whatever frames you invest in are in keeping with the style of the rest of your house, and think about the colour of your brickwork or house paint when you choose the colour for your frames.
Improving your kerb appeal can breathe new life into your property, and if you are diving back into the property market it can significantly improve your chances of selling. Look at your property with fresh eyes, see how it compares to other homes in your area and start planning what small changes will make the biggest impact.