You might not be intending to sell your home, but it doesn’t mean that there’s no point in enhancing your kerb appeal. You should make the effort to make your home’s exterior more attractive if only for your own personal pride and pleasure.
Impressions count, and you definitely want those from your home to convey that not only do you have style, but you also take good care of your property.
Kerb appeal refers to the visual attractiveness of your house as viewed from the street. Does this mean that you have to spend an arm and a leg to boost yours? What will you need? Landscaping? A more stylish façade? A new paint job? Those sound like involved projects costing lots of money on materials and service fees.
Take heart, because increasing your appeal can be a DIY undertaking. You can make a world of difference on the frontage of your home without spending a bundle and hiring somebody to do it.
Here are some simple ways for you to make your property appear more pleasant as seen from the street.
1. Eye-Catching Front Door
Paint your front door an arresting colour. This is an easy task that will make your house really pop. A bright entry will give your home a fun and charming look. Nobody will miss it again. If anybody’s looking for your house, you can just say that it’s the one with the bright turquoise, sunny yellow, cherry red, or some-other-fascinating-colour front door.
2. Pretty Hedge
If you can spring for a pretty ornamental fence to border your property from the kerb, go ahead and install it. If your budget doesn’t allow it, you can simply plant some flowering shrubs that you can easily trim and shape into submission.
If you don’t want to spend any money on this, you can just start with cuttings from other people’s yards, taken with their permission, of course. Your hedge will look a little sparse in the beginning, but it will grow and thicken in time.
3. Fresher Landscape
While you’re working on a living border, you might also want to work on the rest of your landscaping.
Try mixing it up. Use different plants for a more textured look. Break up the monotony of grass with a stone, brick, or pebbled path. Flowers are always a treat to the eyes, so put some blossoming plants in. Potted blooms and flower boxes are also great options.
This could be an ongoing project, improved a little at a time so it doesn’t take much effort and money in one swoop.
4. Letterbox Upgrade
You can retire your boring old letterbox and get a better-looking one. There are so many attractive designs of letterboxes for sale to choose from. Get something that complements the style of your home, and make sure that you follow government requirements in installing yours.
5. New House Numerals
Newly installed numerals can definitely contribute to your home’s kerb appeal. You could even get glow-in-the-dark ones for better visibility at night. There are also solar numerals with sensors that automatically turn the lights on when it gets dark. Check out the website of a home improvement supplier and find out what your options are
6. Outdoor Lights
These are inexpensive investments that can make your front yard so much more attractive, especially at night when they are turned on. You can illuminate the path or show off the landscape. Either way, choose a style that goes well with the look of your home’s exterior.
A Welcome Facelift
Of course, if you can afford it, a fresh coat of paint for the entire exterior of your house is always welcome. That never fails to perk up the appearance of a building.
If that’s not a possibility for the moment, the smaller and more inexpensive projects listed above can already considerably add to your home’s kerb appeal.
You don’t need to do everything all at once. For every improvement you make, you’ll feel a greater joy and pride, looking at your home as you approach from the street.
Jay Flavell is the General Manager at Sandleford Holdings. He has been working in the DIY & Home Improvement industry since 2007 and has vast experience sourcing and developing products from overseas suppliers in the Far East. Jay has also been successful dealing with a number of major DIY & Home Improvement retailers throughout his career.