Improve your home’s kerb appeal

First impressions count. So, here’s how to cost-effectively create kerb appeal.

Woman painting a wall on the front of her home

Improving how your property looks from the outside can raise its value and help it sell, or make you feel proud of where you live.

We’ve got some simple tips for a low-cost refresh that you could get done in a day. And a few extra options should you want to make more substantial changes to the front of your home.

A low-cost refresh

  • Spring clean.
    A good power wash can, quite literally, blast off the dirt from the front of your house and the driveway. Use it to clean the fences, paths, tiles, brick work and cladding. You’ll be amazed at the difference. You don’t have to buy a power washer. They are easy to rent – or you may have a helpful neighbour who already has one they could lend you.
  • Tend to the garden.
    If you have green space at the front of your house, a quick tidy up could improve your kerb appeal. Keep the grass cut and mown. You could add pots of flowers for a welcoming splash of colour.
  • Paint the front door.
    A new lick of paint for the front door is an instant refresh. You could even add a brass door knocker or a door number (if you haven’t already). If the garage door could do with painting, why not paint it the same colour as your front door?
  • Look for symmetry.
    Our senses are pleased by symmetry. Think how many stately homes have been designed to be perfectly symmetrical. Little touches, like matching plant pots either side your front door, can help to make your property even more appealing.

Go the extra mile

  • Add some light.
    Lights around the front door can help your home look welcoming (and make you feel safer at night). A porch light is a simple touch or you could add sensor lights to the front garden. Create a magical effect with outdoor string lights in the foliage.
  • Create a path.
    Whether you use stepping stones, or block paving, a pretty path to your front door can look lovely from the pavement. Even if you have a driveway, why not use a different coloured brick to lead from the driveway to your (newly painted) front door.
  • Hide your bins away.
    Bins are necessary but ugly. If you don’t have a side passage to hide them away, try investing in a good-looking bin store. These are often made out of wood, so you can paint it or stain it to look even more lovely.

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