This idea of ‘curb appeal’ seems to have come from our American friends, but how do you improve curb appeal, and what does it mean for your home value?
To start with, curb appeal is about how good your home looks from the outside. It’s been said that by having a great looking exterior, and a neat and tidy driveway, you can actually increase the value of your home by up to 8%. So for the UK average of a £250k semi-detached home, you could get up to £19,800 more, just for having a neat drive.
So how can you improve curb appeal easily, to sell your home faster, and increase the value?
The garage is usually the family dumping ground, but it can easily be organised into storage, a workshop or a whole host of other things.
Even just repainting the door will hugely improve the look of it. You don’t necessarily have to spend a load of money on a new door.
Ours is starting to fall apart and the paint is peeling off the front. We’re investing in a brand new one that should make the garage look a lot more attractive too.
Is it littered with weeds? Has it been the same cracked concrete since the 80s (ours has)? If you want a cheaper option, you can dig down a bit, and have some tarmac put down.
If you want to spend a little more, and have something more hard wearing, then a resin driveway would be a good idea. No weed will be popping its head through it, and no cracks are going to appear. It’s worth having a look around and finding the right choice for you.
Resin is at the top of my list when we redo the drive! It’s so practical and looks lovely.
Stand back and have a good look at the front of your house as if you’re looking at it for the first time. Is it in need of a paint job?
Classic brick houses tends to not need painting, but any gutters, wooden edges and window frames may still need a brush or two. And if you have a house that needs an allover face lift, then look into hiring someone to do it for you. That way you know the materials will be the right ones for the job, and no mistakes are going to be made.
If you’re blessed with a front garden, then care for it. When we bought our house, our garden was so overgrown, but we saw past that and the potential that it had.
Keep the grass trimmed, weeds pulled and flowers pruned. Maintaining a garden is only as complicated as you want to make it. You can plant low-maintenance plants. Encourage ladybirds and bees so your garden will flourish on its own.
While you’re painting your house, check out your gutters. Are they clogged? With autumn in full swing, chances are that piles of leaves have gathered.
Clear them out in a safe and kind manner. There are some who use jet washers to blast the gunk out of the gutters. Be careful with this method as birds often make nests in these cosy areas. Some window cleaners will actually include gutter cleaning as part of their package, so do look into it.
When we come to sell our house in a few years’ time, the bit I’ll be looking at most importantly is the exterior. I believe that if you improve curb appeal , you can increase your house value. So get rid of those weeds ASAP!