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.
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.