There are many good reasons why it pays to keep up the look of the outside of your home. Not least because it could add value to your property.
When looking to buy a new home, 93% of us are more likely to book a house viewing if the outside looks inviting.
Create a welcoming façade and it can add value and help to sell your home.
Clear pathways, a fresh lick of paint, clean windows and a tidy garden sounds obvious, so why are so few of us actually doing it?
In fact, most people have not done anything to improve the front of their home in the last 8 years.
What’s stopping us make the most of our homes? And how can we get some instant kerb appeal?
Here, we share 6 easy ways to get your home looking its best.
Step 1 – Stand Back and Look
Before reaching for the nearest tin of paint, it’s a good idea to stand back and take a good look at your house.
What’s the style or period of your property? Are you in a red brick Victorian town house, a painted country cottage or a rendered 1950s semi? It sounds straightforward, but understanding your house and its style will help you decide and plan the overall look you want.
Be critical and try and see it as a potential buyer would or as a first-time visitor.
Are the windows in good order, is the guttering in place, does the garden gate open and close properly, are there old plant pots in the way and does any paint need a refresh?
Making a list will keep you focussed and help with your planning.
Top Tip Take a photo of your exterior as it is now – to enjoy ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos later.
Step 2 – Choose a Paint Colour
If you have a painted exterior, now’s the time to re-decorate or plan a whole new colour scheme.
Here are a few things to consider
Perhaps your house has a natural stonework where the colour could influence your paint choices?
If you live in a terrace of painted houses, what colours are your neighbours?
You may have your heart set on a vibrant shade of purple, but how will that ‘sit’ against the earthy, muted tones of the rest of your street?
Have you thought about the colour of your pathway, fence or railings?
Do they have a particular hue or style you want to contrast with or tone in?
Step 3 – Fabulous Florals
If you have any plants or trees against the house, think how a paint colour will look as a backdrop. The shades, tints and tones of an established climbing rose for example, could be used as your inspiration for a paint colour.
You may want to co-ordinate or contrast with any coloured foliage to get the best kerb appeal.
Top Tip Think of the entire outside of your home as one colour palette, from door, walls, paths, flowers and foliage.
Step 4 – Door to Door
Now think about your front door. The pièce de résistance to the exterior look of your home.
The latest trend for statement front doors in an array of colours looks set to continue.
Taking on board all the previous considerations, the colour of your front door could be determined by an underlying colour from your home’s natural stonework, a hue to complement your neighbours’ or a stronger shade from the colour of a flowering plant.
Will you stand out from the rest and go for a bold ‘pop’ of colour like in this yellow front door?
As the entrance to your home, the colour of your front door is an important style statement and should set the tone for what’s inside.
It could even be a colour that would complement the hallway of your home, so bringing the outside in.
Step 5 – Keep It Practical
If you’re painting the whole exterior, the window frames or the front door, it’s important to use the correct paint for the right surface. It goes without saying to follow the manufacturers’ guidelines to ensure the durability and longevity of your new painted look. And use expert trades people for more demanding DIY jobs, laying paths or any tricky fixtures and fitting.
Step 6 – Clean Your Windows
As Michelle Ogundehin advises in her new book “Happy Inside: How to Harness the Power of Home for Health and Happiness” – clean your windows. “They are the eyes of the home” she says. And we agree. Such an easy, quick fix to make the outside of your home sparkle.
Relax and take an ‘After’ photo!
Your home now has amazing kerb appeal!
Don’t forget to take an ‘after’ photo. So when you’re relaxing inside, you can remind yourself how fabulous your new ‘outside’ looks!
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