There are many different aspects to your home that deserve your attention. Most of these will be located on the inside of your house: you’ll need to focus on getting the decor right, keeping everything in full working condition, creating a comfortable space, and so on. It’s also worthwhile taking a look at the exterior of your property, however. Improving your property’s curb appeal can bring a lot of benefits, including nudging your home’s value in the right direction, and, of course, simply making it more enjoyable to arrive home. In this blog, we’re going to take a look at ten of the most effective ways to improve this part of your home, none of which are especially difficult.
Add a Gate
The management of your property should begin right at the beginning of your space. One of the best ways to improve your property’s curb appeal is to add a gate to the front. This always improves the look and has the added bonus of making your home more secure. There are plenty of styles of gate available, so you can find the one that’s right for your needs; this could be one that’s tall and imposing, with an automatic gate, or it could be a simple and minimalist gate that merely functions to separate your home from the outside world.
Fence or Hedge
That’ll take care of the front of your property’s perimeter, but what about the sides? While you may like your neighbors, it’s generally a good idea to put a divide between your property and theirs. And if you choose the method for doing so, you’ll find that it can really enhance the look of your home. While there are some benefits of having a metal chain fence, they don’t look the best. Instead, go for a fence or a hedge (or even both, if it works). It’ll help enclose your property and also give it a more natural feel.
Now that the perimeter has been taken care of, it’s worthwhile thinking about the general yard space, the plot of land that separates your home from the street. There are plenty of different things you can do with this space, but if you were looking for our opinion, we’d say take the natural route. There are plenty of easy to care for plants that will elevate the front of your property, while a little plot of grass always looks good. Of course, to what extent you fill your front yard with plants will depend on the size. If it’s a large yard, then a minimalist approach would be better, since otherwise, you’ll spend too much of your time trying to keep your plants alive. If it’s just a small space, however, then feel free to go overboard with the plants and create a jungle style space.
A New Door
It’s often better to play things relatively safe when it comes to colors in the home. If you take things too far and stamp too much of your personality on there, then you could find that you’re putting off people when it comes to selling. So, in general, you should keep things neutral. There’s one part of your property where you can play with bold colors, however, and that’s your front door. Choosing an interesting color can really make the front of your home pop. Take a look at what’s available, and play around with a few different options before choosing one. If you already have a nice door, but it’s looking a little dated, then you can always look at painting it. It’s one of the cheapest DIY tasks, yet can make a big difference — and anyone can do it.
Clean the Windows
It’s not always instantly apparent what the problem with our front yard is. If you’re struggling to put your finger on it, then you may want to take a closer look at your windows. They really do make a huge difference to the overall appearance of your property. There’s a big difference between old and dirty windows, and shiny new ones. Take a look to see if there’s anyone in your local area that offers window cleaning services; you will notice the difference (both inside and outside your property) when they’re done. At some point, however, you may have to resign yourself to getting new windows installed — old ones that haven’t been taken care of properly can become etched with dirt and scratches, which really impact the quality and appearance.
Think of the Roof
If your property’s going to have a strong curb appeal, then the whole space has to look on point. One part of the front of the home that people typically overlook is a space that has a huge influence on the overall appearance: the roof. Having a beautiful, robust roof can add a lot to your property, not just in appearance, but also when it comes to security — both from outsiders and the elements. But let’s just focus on the aesthetic benefits for the time being. If you work with a company that offers metal roof painting services, you will be able to restore your roof back to its brilliant best. It really can make your property shine once more!
Your house number sign exists primarily as a way to tell people that this is your home, but it can also be used to add some style to your property too. If you have a brick front, then a slate sign with your house number can really make things look great. While you can go for a classy look, the fun thing about house numbers is that they don’t have to be serious — put whatever looks good!
You’ll want to have some plants in the ground, but it’s also worthwhile looking at having plants in hanging baskets, too. This can make the space more visually interesting, since the plants will be layered (rather than exclusively at ground level).
What could be more romantic than arriving back at your property, and seeing birds and other wildlife enjoying the space that you’ve created? It’s the dream. You can do this by adding a few different items to your yard. A bird and squirrel feeder will both be put to good use by your area’s local wildlife, while there are some plants that’ll attract butterflies to your yard.
Power Wash the Floor
Finally, take a look at your driveway. Most people walk over it without giving it a second thought, but when they look, they realize that it’s not looking as healthy as it could do. Over time, our driveways can become filled with grime, dirt, oil from our cars, weeds, and so on — and this, of course, has a negative impact on the appearance. But thankfully, it’s one of those things that can be easily remedied. De-weeding your front yard couldn’t be simpler, after all. To have the biggest impact, take a look at buying or renting a power washing tool. You’ll be amazed at just how much dirt these machines can help get off the ground. Indeed, once you’re finished, it might just look like you’ve had a brand new driveway installed.
It really is worthwhile getting your front yard into shape. Aside from increasing your property’s value, it also just makes your home more enjoyable. They do say, after all, that you should start as you mean to go on. By ensuring that the front of your property is in shape, you’ll be setting the tone that you’ll carry through into the interior of your home.