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6 Ways To Boost Your Curb Appeal

Whether you’re selling your house, have just purchased your dream home, are looking to entice tenants, or just want to make your home feel loved again, then upping your curb appeal could be just the solution you need.

The power of curb appeal is often underestimated with more attention and energy being geared towards the interior decoration of a property than the façade. But should this be the case?

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Sprucing up the exterior of your home or property can, not only help you to sell it, but help to attract tenants, allow you to charge more rent, add value and make your home stand out from the crowd. This should make you feel 'house proud' too.

It’s time to walk up to your home with a smile on your face and a spring in your step. Check out these great ideas to help you reclaim that 'house proud' feeling.

1.) Upgrade Your Front Door

The front door of your home speaks volumes for the entire house. A well-kept, inviting door suggests your home is well looked after and loved, whereas a run-down old door suggests quite the contrary. Follow these useful tips to make sure your front door says what you want it to about your home:

  • Upgrade Your Hardware – It may not be necessary to replace your entire front door to create the look and feel you want. Try just changing some of the finer details such as the lock, handle or door knocker. You will be surprised how much difference this can make!
  • Additional Extras - Think about adding additional extras such as decorative house numbers or light fixtures to accentuate your entrance and give it a warm and inviting feel.
  • All About Character - If you decide to install a new door, go for something which reflects the property’s character and interior style.
  • Budgeting - If you’re on a tight budget why not just freshen up your existing door with a fresh coat of paint.

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2.) Replace Gutters and Downspouts

Aesthetics are often overlooked when it comes to guttering systems as they are considered an essential item with a function. But the way they look is just as important as the function they provide. Old guttering systems with peeling paint, cracks or rust spots convey a sense of neglect.

Try replacing your sorry looking gutter system with a new functional and pretty one! Copper systems although more expensive add a high quality look and can be beautifully eye catching.

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3.) Keep Your Garden Blooming

The foliage, greenery, flowers and plants surrounding your property can have a huge impact on its overall appearance and feel. They can be used to an advantage but can also be your homes downfall. Take a look at these 5 useful tips to help you create an eye catching garden which complements your home.

  1. Keeps Trees and Bushes Trimmed – Although trees and bushes can help to add privacy to your home, it is important to ensure they are always kept neatly trimmed. A house shadowed by trees can feel dark and uninviting.
  2. Use Plants To Add Colour – Flowers, plants and foliage can be used to enhance the beauty of your home. Try using plants and flowers that stay in bloom all year round so ensure your home is always looking its best.
  3. Keep Your Grass Green – There is nothing worse than a beautiful home with yellowing dead grass, it screams neglect.
  4. Add Depth With A Fence - Creating a low fence around your property is a great way to make your garden appear larger and create a sense of security.
  5. Accentuate With Light – Adding outdoor lights to your front garden is a great way to accentuate landscaping and highlight the best features of your property. It’s also a great way to make your property feel more secure and deter burglars.

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4.) Keep Your Roof In Tip-Top Condition

The roof of your home is a tell tell sign of its condition throughout, so it’s important to fix any roofing problems straight away. Whether you have a thatched roof, tiled roof or a flat roof keeping it well maintained is key to maintaining your homes 'wow' factor.

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5.) Pay Attention To The Finer Details

Paying attention to the finer details is what can help to set your property apart from the rest.  Consider the following to stay ahead of the game:

  • Keep Your Windows Sparkling – This may sound like a simple task but it is one that can make all the difference. Squeaky clean windows are a great way to give your home that extra edge. Not only will they glisten on the outside but they will help the interior of your home feel well polished too.
  • Wash, Wash, Wash! – If you’re tight on budget this is a great way to make a noticeable difference. Giving driveways, decking and other elements a quick spruce with a power washer can give the exterior of your home a new lease of life.
  • Think About Symmetry – Symmetry is pleasing to the eye, so arranging all your light fixtures, door accents and flowers in a symmetrical manner is an easy yet effective way to boost your curb appeal.

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