Whether you are thinking of selling, or you just want to make your home look welcoming, curb appeal is all-important. The front of your house is the first thing that people (including you) see when they approach, so it’s important that you make the most of it: after all, first impressions last. Check out five ways that you can add lashings of curb appeal.
Make an Entrance
Your front door is central to curb appeal: flaking paint, missing door numbers or stubborn locks can give the impression that your home is unkempt and neglected. Upgrading your door really is as simple as a lick of paint, replacing old locks and polishing handles and knockers – so what are you waiting for?
That box of recycling, bag of garden clippings or old bike may be sitting outside your home until you get around to taking it to the dump, but it still doesn’t give a great first impression. Don’t leave rubbish outside your house unless you plan on taking it immediately. Prospective buyers will be put off but, perhaps more importantly, there are few things more depressing than being reminded of your never-ending list of jobs before you have even got through the front door. You could always hire a local decorator to help.
Pot plants, hanging baskets and window boxes are brilliant, cheap and low maintenance ways of making the front of your home look bright, welcoming and well-tended. If you don’t have lots of time to spend gardening, take a look at How To Create A Low-Maintenance Front Garden for tips and ideas. If you struggle to make your garden flourish, consult a local gardener.
Maintain Gutters and Drains
Blocked gutters aren’t just unsightly, if they go unrepaired, they could cause structural damage. Not to mention the fact that, during a downpour, you will have to fight a waterfall to get into your house! Make sure you clear your guttering regularly, particularly during the autumn. If you don’t feel confident, call a local guttering specialist.
Primp Your Boundaries
Whether you live in a mansion or a maisonette, you can make the most of your boundaries. Make sure walls are weed-free and painted, if necessary, to complement your door and windows. Treat and replace old or rotten fence panels and replace broken gates.
Adding curb appeal to your home doesn’t have to cost you huge amounts of time and money. Simple things that take just a few moments can make your home more welcoming and attractive to you, your guests and potential buyers.
If you are struggling to find the time and motivation to do all those little jobs, take the stress out of your to-do list by finding a reliable, reviewed handyman near you.