How to Improve Your Home’s Curb Appeal


Whether you are selling your home or just want to spruce up your entryway, there are simple ways in which your home can become more inviting, from first sight. 

Your Front Door

People see your front door as soon as they get out of their car. If it has seen better years, you can either spend a little and repaint your door, or spend more and get a new one. 

If you paint, be sure the new colour blends well with the colour of your house. If you buy a new door, be sure that it works well colour-wise and syncs well with the architectural style of your house. 

Walkway and Driveway

Broken concrete or buckled asphalt is not attractive for people walking up to your front door step. A new walkway will make it easier to get from the street to your door and a repaired or new driveway will add to the curb appeal of your home.  

Landscaping

Your yard probably doesn’t look like it should be on the cover of a magazine. However, you don’t have to spend a lot to improve it. Unique landscaping will set your house apart from the others in your area. 

Determine what you want to do with your lawn before you head down to your local Bunning's Warehouse. Set goals for your lawn to be sure that your money is well spent. 

Why are you improving your lawn?

Do you want to spend more time outside or get a better selling price for your home? What style architecture does your home display? There are many considerations that will affect how you plan your landscaping.  

What Kind of Plants Should You Use?

Consider the amount of sun your yard gets before you buy new plants. If it’s shady, you don’t want to buy plants that need a lot of sun. Likewise, modern landscapes will not work well if you have an older style home, says Kiplinger.com.   

A little hands on work can do wonders to your home's appearance. 

A little hands on work can do wonders to your home's appearance. 

Budget Landscaping

If you only want to spend $100 or so, you might buy several pots that are full of colourful plants. Leaving plants in pots makes them appear larger, so you’ll get the image of a lawn with more work done. 

You may also add a few trees to your lawn if it doesn’t have many already. Smaller trees acclimate better than larger trees do. 

Spending a bit more on Landscaping

If you are willing to spend more on your yard, you can make a bigger statement. Combining trailing plants and colourful flowers will brighten up the yard and get it noticed.  

Perhaps you’d like to add a garden ornament or a bench, birdbath or trellis. You might also have a landscaper prune or remove and replace any bushes that are overgrown.  

Use a few varieties of flowers to spruce up the garden bed directly in front of your house, and then put new mulch in the whole area, to make it look like you hired a professional to do the work. 

Landscape lighting will welcome guests to your home even in the dark of night. It will also be a positive way to literally highlight your house for sale. 

If you are looking for an expert, why not ask a local real estate agent who they would recommend in your area? By asking an agent, you will get insights in to who they have used to ensure their properties for sale have the best appeal in a competitive market. You can find a local agent by visiting http://www.homely.com.au/find-office and searching for your local office.

Source:

http://www.kiplinger.com/article/real-estate/T029-C000-S001-cheap-ways-to-improve-curb-appeal.html

 

 

 

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