Your home, in rather the same way as a person, is all about those first impressions. And just like you make your first impressions of a person based on their initial appearance, you make the first impression of a house from the view of the front. Whether you are looking to sell your home, or just renovating to get it exactly how you want it to look, that kerb appeal is very important, and yet is something that does not have to break the bank in order to be improved and get the effect you are looking for.
Following a few simple measures can improve the look of your home tenfold, making yours the smartest house on the street.
The Front Door
A shiny bright front door is a stylish feature that adds appeal to your home, but you do not need to go out and buy a new front door – they are not cheap. Instead, a lick of paint in a bright colour could add a new dimension to the look of your home, or, if you are looking for a vintage look, you could check out reclamation yards in order to find and renovate, the real thing.
Another way you can bring your door up to date is to change the door furniture. Tarnished chrome and brass is never a good look, but it could just be the you need to clean it up a bit with a bit of Brasso. If it is scratched and beyond redemption, a new knocker, letterbox and door numbers are much cheaper than buying an actual door.
Add A Bit Of Light To The Subject
Outdoor lighting is not only pleasing to the eye, but is a practical concern too (have you ever been fumbling to get your keys in the lock after a night out…). Solar Lights like the one featured below, are a modern solution to this problem that are also energy efficient and look absolutely great. They work all year around, including in our rather dark and drab British Winters, and will certainly improve the kerb appeal of your property, once again, without much of a cost implication.
Keep It Clean
This one may seem like an obvious one, but keeping the front of your house clean and tidy is absolutely crucial when it comes to the look of your home. Dirty guttering? Get it cleaned out. Leaves all over your path? Get them swept up. Window frames and glass in need of a clean? Get that chamois leather out. Your home is your castle, but keeping a dirty castle isn’t allowing it to live up to its potential.
If you are lucky enough to have a front garden, adding some evergreen plants can add a touch of colour to the look. But just like any garden, it needs to be maintained in order to avoid it looking unkempt and bedraggled. Weeds need to be removed, plants need to be dead-headed, and the general maintenance needs to be kept under control.