Curb Appeal: Improving Home Appearance

Some people may start building opinions of your home before they even step through the door. The front of your house has the potential to immediately captivate visitors or just those passing by. Unlocking that potential may also make it more desirable on the property market, possibly making or breaking a deal.

This article will give you some handy tips on how to make the most of your homes appearance, turning it from just a front door into a grand entrance. Even some of the smallest and quickest pieces of advice here can help you be the most unique and beautiful house on the street, such as adding a touch of glamour with decorative mailboxes. Let us help you turn your house into a home.

The first thing people will see is the front garden – don’t be afraid to make it more than a flat piece of lawn. A simple tidying of it can make a larger difference than you think, ridding it of weeds and trimming bushes & trees, even offering to trim your neighbor’s greenery. Don’t worry if you happen to find a dead spot in your lawn as you can use it as an opportunity to create a feature to hide it: perhaps a small tree with a stone boarder or even a statue or water feature. Flowerbeds are always a beautiful way to inject color into a garden, but don’t forget that window boxes are a great way to utilize the space on the front of your house in a creative way.

Now we’ve taken in the garden, we’re making our way to the house itself. To really impress visitors make sure the walk to the house is a grand experience with a nicely paved path, some flowers or plants surrounding it and maybe even some lights to illuminate it at night.  As for the building, one area that can be easily overlooked is the guttering. Giving the pipes and framework a good clean will give your house an extra something people won’t be able to put their finger on. One thing they will notice is the paintwork. Make their impressions a good one by giving everything a fresh coat.

Make your visitors pause before they enter by making the doorway a sight to behold. We’ve already mentioned the wonders of window boxes and fresh paint, but just simply changing the numbers can make a difference, maybe even going from “23” to “twenty three” using letters. Lighting can help bring a quaint atmosphere to your front door, either by installing traditional-style lamps or by hiding them in the porch roof for something more modern. If you’re blessed with a larger entrance then maybe consider larger furniture, like a bench or pottery. Smaller entrances may want to take symmetry into account so you can add the maximum amount of attractiveness in the smallest spaces.

Whatever you do to make your house’s entrance a pleasure to be in, just remember to have fun with it and be creative!

This article was written by freelance writer and mother of three, Kathryn Thompson.  Follow her on Twitter: @katht35

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