How to improve your home's kerb appeal

With the housing market going from strength to strength, now is the time to think about adding value to your home. And it all starts on the outside!

Whether you’re looking to sell or want to improve your kerb appeal, here are some simple ways to transform your home’s exterior.

Update your front door

Your front door gives visitors a first impression of what your home could look like on the inside. If your front door is looking tired, it can create the feeling that the interior is a little tired too.

Make sure your front door creates a positive first impression by giving it a makeover. If it’s wooden, a fresh coat of paint can have a transformative effect. Choose black, navy or olive green for a traditional look. Or you could add a pop of colour for a memorable front door.

For contemporary homes, a slate grey composite door or combination of metal and glass will create a sleek impression.

Don’t have the time to paint your front door? It could cost around £150 – 250 to get a professional to do the job for you.

Instantly improve kerb appeal with a freshly painted front door.

Spruce up your garden

Whether your garden is gargantuan, or you have a small courtyard area, spend time sprucing up your outdoor space. This will instantly increase kerb appeal! Adding a touch of greenery can make your home more inviting – even on the greyest of days.

Planting a combination of annuals and perennials will provide your garden with year-round colour. If you’re not very green-fingered, you can invest in oversized pots and add easy to grow (and maintain) herbs. For instance, rosemary, thyme and mint. But if you’re after a smattering of colour, you can’t go wrong with lavender.

Clean patios and driveways

Paved or concrete driveways can often become dull over time, with dirt, debris and lichen build-up. Spend a morning jet-washing your patio and drive. You can also use an anti-moss solution for a more long-lasting finish.

If you’re really looking to up the kerb appeal ante, then why not invest in a whole new driveway. From concrete to brick, gravel to crushed stone, you can create your dream aesthetic with professional driveway pavers.

Replace or repaint windows

According to the Energy Saving Trust, A+ rated double glazed windows can not only cut your energy bills but can increase the value of your home by around 10%.

On average it takes between one to three days to replace all the windows on a property. Even if you’re not contemplating selling, replacing old windows in favour of double-glazed ones is definitely worth it.

If your window casements are wooden, treat them every couple of years to a fresh coat of paint and a special external wood treatment. This will ensure the longevity of the wood.

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Give your house a lick of paint

Whilst we often think about repainting the interior of our homes before we sell, we often neglect the exterior. However, repainting exterior walls can have a massive impact on kerb appeal.

Giving your home a fresh lick of paint can also help protect it from the elements. But painting the exterior of your home is a job for the professionals as it often requires specialist equipment. Professional painters can also help pick out the right type of paint that will provide long-lasting results.

The average cost to paint a 3-bed semi is around £700 – 1,000 and can take around 4 to 5 days to complete. The spring and late summer are the perfect time to get your exterior walls painted.

Add kerb appeal with painted exterior walls. Pastel coloured period properties.

Add lighting

A well-lit entrance not only feels warm and welcoming, but it can deter potential thieves. Consider installing wall lights on either side of your front door to enhance kerb appeal. If you have a long driveway, solar-powered lights down the drive can also help aid parking.

Motion-sensor lights around the perimeter of your property might not improve kerb appeal that much, but they can offer that peace of mind.

To create a social and laidback atmosphere, why not string fairy lights in trees or around decking areas to create cosy corners?

Finishing touches

Cleaning out the gutters, cutting back overgrown hedges and removing weeds can instantly increase kerb appeal. If you’re selling your home when prospective buyers come to view the house, remember to hide the bins for an unobstructed view of the exterior of the property.

If you have an outdoor seating area, make sure the furniture is clean and maybe add some soft furnishings – weather permitting – for an inviting spot for them to sit.

Decking with inviting outside furniture.

Call in the professionals

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