There are plenty of reasons why you should start thinking about your home’s kerb appeal. Whether you’re looking to sell, increase value, make it more welcoming for guests or simply want to keep up with the neighbours, there comes a time when you need to start writing that home improvement wish list.
Even small changes can make a big difference to the look and value of your home. So if you’re looking for inspiration to get you started, then here are some great ways to improve kerb appeal.
Smooth over the cracks
Old fashioned grey pebble dash, crumbling or cracked render, and poor or mismatched brickwork can let a house down from the onset. Adding a new smooth layer of render to your home can give it a whole new feel.
The cost of house rendering will be dependant on whether you are rendering a whole house – for example if you want to replace old style pebble dash – or whether you’re only rendering part way up. The other cost factor will be what type of render you decide is best for your home.
Perk up your paintwork
Paint peeling from the front of your home is another unsightly area you should think about rectifying. Poorly maintained window frames and ledges, doors, porches and weatherboards will make your home look neglected.
Again, the cost of exterior painting will depend on how much needs painting and whether scaffolding is required to reach awkward places. Think about a change of colour scheme, going for a popular shade could make a home more appealing to buyers but if you’re in a row of identical looking houses, try something that will make you stand out from the crowd.
Lead your guests up the garden path
The path up to your front door should make people want to walk along it. If you have grey concrete or broken slabs, it may not be so appealing. Think about what sort of path will suit the age of your home. Country cottages will look great with a cobbled stone path, whereas a period terrace may suit tiles.
Don’t forget to border the path with pretty flowers, shrubs, or decorative edging to compliment your new path.
Get a new gate
Another change you could make to improve your home’s kerb appeal is to buy a new gate. A pretty, decorative, and well-maintained gate says welcome home. However, anything too imposing will say keep out or high crime area.
Try to select a gate that will suit your home’s character. You could go for a traditional painted wooden, decorative aluminium or reclaimed wrought iron gate.