Want to wow your neighbours, visitors or potential buyers? Invest a little time and money out front to make your home look like a dream.
No matter how carefully you style your interior, first impressions count. And that’s why renovating the front of your home can make a difference to its value, as well as avoiding potential safety and maintenance issues like broken lights, cracked walls and gutters full of leaves.
Whether you’re preparing to sell or just want your home to reflect how much you love it, here are six ways to make your home the star of the street.
Clear, clean and repair
Clearing the clutter that accumulates around the house is the first step to a stunning exterior. Either throw it away or find a spot for it in the garage. Once you’ve cleared the decks, scrub walls, clear leaves and cobwebs and weed and repair cracks in the paths and driveway.
Colour and finish
There are lots of areas where you can add style with a fresh coat of paint or change of colour. If tired old bricks or roof surfaces are letting you down, spraying them a different colour can bring your home right up to date. Or keep it simple and easy with a bright coat of paint for your front door. And if your garage door is looking tatty, look at resurfacing or replacing it.
Lighting and furniture
Get an electrician to replace broken or dated light fittings with something simple and contemporary. And if you have a verandah or balcony at the front, arranging a few well chosen outdoor furniture items will add a touch of luxury and comfort.
Landscaping and planting
Landscaping should be practical as well as visually appealing. Retaining walls or built-in planters give beds and lawns a nice crisp border. And stepping-stones or planks across the grass mark the path to your front door and break up the space.
Potted plants are a great design feature but don’t get carried away. Overcrowding your front landscape with any kind of planting will make it seem cluttered. So if you’re not keen on pruning or weeding, hire a gardener to keep your front hedges, beds and lawn well groomed.
Little (or big) details
Adding an oversized house number, upgrading your letterbox or a new doormat in a cheerful pattern are all details that can add style without breaking the bank.
If you live in an apartment, adding window boxes or potted plants may be all you can do for your street appeal. Get to know your strata manager and test the waters to see if upgrades to the front of the building are on their agenda. But if non-essential maintenance work isn’t included in the strata budget or agreement, you may not get very far. If extra funds are available, it may be worth talking to people in your building and reaching an agreement on some changes you’d all like to see in how your entrance presents to the street.
If you’re upgrading your home to add value before selling, be sure to avoid bold design choices that might not appeal to a wide range of buyers. Speaking with an Aussie broker can help you determine how much you can borrow to spend on a renovation without overcapitalising.
What changes would you like to improve the street appeal of your home? Tell us about your ideas in the comments below.