Easy Ways to Improve Your Home’s Kerb Appeal

Improve your home's kerb appeal

You’ve heard the saying, “First impressions are lasting.” When it comes to your home, that short yet powerful statement rings true, more than ever. Even if you’re not selling your house in the immediate future, there’s no harm in revitalising your property’s exterior.

Most people put all their time and money into renovating the rooms inside their homes, and while this is essential, they often neglect the outside of the house. Why not go that extra mile? After all, before your potential buyers admire your kitchen splashback or deluxe bathroom tiling, they have to enter through your front door first.

Impress your guests and create an inviting atmosphere every time you pull up into your driveway by improving your home’s kerb appeal.

What is ‘kerb appeal?’

Kerb appeal is defined as, “the aesthetic appeal of a property when viewed from the street.” The concept is especially important when selling, as prospective buyers are more likely to inquire further about a purchase if they like what they see on the outside.

Kerb appeal sets the expectation that the interior will be just as visually attractive as the exterior. You only get one chance to make a good impression, so make it count. However, it’s much more than a fresh lick of paint on your door or washed windows (although these are part of the package.)

The good news is, you don’t need to spend an exorbitant amount of money to improve your exterior.  Read on for some budget kerb appeal ideas and tips.

Affordable kerb appeal ideas

Update your colour scheme:

One of the fastest ways to make your home look unappealing is to have an outdated colour scheme on your door and window awnings (believe it or not, moss green was once on-trend.) Painting your home’s exterior with a neutral shade like light grey or sand is a fast way to transform your property and add instant charm. On the other hand, if you don’t think your home is due for a colour scheme update, consider using a high pressure hose to get rid of cobwebs and remove stubborn dirt that has accumulated on the exterior walls of your home. A clean facade is an instant sign that your home is loved and valued.

Tidy up your pathway:

Using that high pressure hose again, freshen up the route to your front entrance by washing away dirt and stains on your pathway. Clear away any stubborn weeds. If your pathway is cracked, it’s a good idea to replace the paving stones as they will enhance your path as well as ensure it’s safe to walk on. Lastly, hide your bins from sight.

Don’t forget about the nature strip:

Mowing the grass on the strip and sweeping the paths to your home can make a world of difference. If you really want to go the extra mile, you could consider asking your local council to beautify the strip by planting some natives that will require little maintenance. You’d be surprised how much it will freshen up your area and how far you can stretch your budget.

Update your letterbox:

If your letterbox is looking a little worse for wear, it might be time for an upgrade. An attractive letterbox that matches the style of your home is extremely valuable when looking to improve your kerb appeal. What’s equally important is ensuring the numbers on your letterbox are legible and large enough to read, making it easier for visitors to locate your house address.

Replace broken hardware:

Got a gate that is on its last hinges? Or a fence with peeling paint? These unsightly blemishes can instantly reduce your kerb appeal rating. Give your property a quick face-lift by maintaining and, if necessary, upgrading your gates, fences and other barricades.

Consider decorative lighting:

A few well-placed solar lamps or a classic garden lamp post can do wonders when it comes to welcoming visitors and enticing passers-by. A good idea is to add light fixtures to an exterior wall or fence, which will create an ambient glow. Some may advise against this, as most house inspections occur in daylight. However, if you’re not at the selling stage yet, why not self-indulge in some mood lighting? Your evening guests might also appreciate a brightly lit path that leads the way to your front door.

Don’t underestimate the importance of kerb appeal. If and when the time comes for you to sell your home, it can actually increase the value by 3-5%. Having good kerb appeal can truly make all the difference.

 

While you take care of your home’s kerb appeal, CCI Personal Insurance can help protect your home and contents. Find out more about our Home and Contents Insurance policies or get a quote today.