First impressions count and when it comes to your home, the first impressions are going to happen long before anyone steps foot through your front door. We’re talking, of course, about kerb appeal – the shop window of the domestic world. Kerb appeal is not only how your home looks from the outside but how it makes passers-by feel.
If you’ve always been house proud but felt your exterior was the one area that needed a little improvement, here are a couple of top tips to boost your kerb appeal.
A home without windows would be a pretty bleak prospect, not only from an interior perspective but for the kerb appeals factor too. Windows frame the home and fill it with light, taking up the negative space of the brickwork and making a home look more inviting and warm. So, it stands to reason you’ll want to focus a fair amount of your attention on them.
First of all, ensure your windows are clean and secure with a strong sealant helping them sit neatly in their frames. If your windows are rather plain, meanwhile, consider swapping them out with something more alluring. Experiment with different styles. Sash windows, for example, look right at home in victorian terraced houses.
The front door is also incredibly important. Always opt for a wooden front door if possible to keep it looking original and timeless. The colour of the front door can also make an impact. Opt for a classic colour or make a bold statement and always make sure it’s given a decent treatment so the wood can withstand the elements over time.
The rear garden area might be where you relax in the summer and entertain guests in the spring but it’s the front garden that draws attention and sets the scene, so to speak. Depending on how much room you have to work with, experiment with different arrangements. Ensure your flower beds are neat, your bushes are trimmed and that the colours of the floral arrangements complement the facade of your home.
The front garden can even have an impact on the house itself. For example, add a creeping vine or rose to your front door to make it seem like the entrance to an enchanted palace, or place hanging baskets and pots around it to make it seem somehow grander and more inviting.
The driveway shouldn’t be neglected either. Ensure it’s weed and crack-free and add fresh gravel where necessary. Make the best use of all the space you have but, of course, don’t forget to leave space for the cars! Oh, and don’t slack on the cleaning duties. If you only spend a day a month walking the perimeter and ensuring everything is spotless then it will save you a lot of headaches in the long run when it comes to maximising your kerb appeal.