How do you feel when you pull up in the driveway and look at your home? Does your heart fill with pride, or do you feel like there’s room for improvement? Curb appeal is essential when it comes to selling your home, but most of us also want to live in a house that gives us that warm and fuzzy feeling when we get back from a long day at work. If you’re keen to make your home the best looking house on the block, here are some easy ways to add exterior appeal.
Honing your horticultural skills
If you’re lucky enough to have a garden or even a small patch of lawn at the front of your home, it’s worth spending a little time honing your horticultural skills. There’s nothing more off-putting than knee-length grass and weeds growing all the over the place. It doesn’t take long to mow the grass, and it’s very easy to keep on top on weeds if you’re willing to tend to your garden on a regular basis. If you can’t see the pathway, or your flowerbeds are filled with dead buds, now is the time to spruce up your garden and ensure it looks the part. Spring is a brilliant time of year to add colour and inject some life into your outdoor areas, and it’s so easy to transform a neglected garden into a vibrant, attractive feature. You can choose to plant bulbs or sow seeds, or you can take a trip to the garden centre and buy plants that are starting to blossom. Prepare your beds or planters beforehand by loosening up the soil and adding compost if required and then follow the planting instructions. Once your plants, seeds or bulbs are in place, water them frequently, and hopefully, you’ll have a dazzling display in no time. Wait for a dry day to mow the lawn and use a strimmer or some secateurs to trim the edges.
Perfecting your paintwork
If you’ve got a white or a coloured house, which has lost its sparkle, or your front door is looking a little worse for wear, dust off your brushes and overalls. A coat of paint can make such a difference when it comes to the overall aesthetic of your home, and even painting the front door and adding colour can make the property look much more inviting and attractive. If you’re not confident about climbing ladders, enlist the services of a professional. It’s very common for paintwork, especially light and neutral shades, to look dull and dirty, and a lick of paint can freshen up the exterior and make your home look loved. If you’re hoping to make your house look more eye-catching, consider the colour of the door carefully. If you’ve got a traditional home, you could either go for a dramatic look with pillar box red or stick to something classic like sage green or cornflower blue. If you’ve got a modern home, black will look understand and chic while a bright shade like pink will turn heads.
Is your garage packed to the rafters? Is your driveway scattered with tools, hoses or outdoor toys? Have you run out of room for the car, let alone anything else that needs storing? If you’ve got too much stuff, now is the time to declutter. Start with the garage and create piles of things you want to keep, those you want to sell or donate and items you can take to the tip. If you’ve still not got enough room to keep more than one car, or you’d like to use your garage for storage, it may be worth looking at carports. If you have a carport, you can use the garage for storage or you can shelter and protect more than one vehicle from the elements. You can design carports to match the style of your home, and they can add value, as well as giving you more usable space. If you’ve got a garage and a carport, this will enable you to store everything discreetly, ensuring that clutter isn’t the first thing you spot when you get home.
Plants and foliage
Even if you don’t have a front garden, you can still use plants, flowers and foliage to boost curb appeal. A simple hanging basket or a window box can transform the exterior of small homes with limited outdoor space while potted trees and planters are ideal if you have a porch or a path leading up to your front door. You don’t have to devote hours of your time to preening or watering to keep your blooms in check and make your home look stunning. All you need to do is choose a sunny spot and keep the soil moist. Match the accessories and plants you use to the style of your home. If your home is modern and understated, for example, potted olive trees in stainless steel planters will work perfectly. If you’ve got a country cottage, hanging baskets filled with wildflowers are ideal.
Many of us are guilty of focusing all our energy on designing the interior of our homes, but it’s also beneficial to bear the exterior in mind. If you get home and think that your house looks lovely, this is going to put a smile on your face after a busy day. Curb appeal is also really important when it comes to selling your home, as first impressions count for everything. You don’t have to spend a fortune or go crazy with design concepts to make a difference. Even simple touches like adding plants or painting the door can freshen things up and make your home stand out from the crowd for the right reasons. Tend to the garden, inject some colour with flowers and plants and keep on top of maintenance jobs. Get rid of clutter, tidy up and refresh the paintwork if it’s chipped or dirty. All these simple steps will help you create a home that is beautiful inside and out.