The new home-improvement trend that has been popping up everywhere has been this idea of curb-appeal, but does curb appeal improve house value?
But what exactly does that mean?
It’s the way that your house looks to outsiders. Does your house look as attractive on the outside as it does on the inside? When decorating, most people focus on the jobs that need doing to the rooms in the house, and maintenance that needs to be done in there as well.
But where having a new kitchen will help you sell your house or attract tenants, if the outside doesn’t match, then they could as easily be put off. So, does curb appeal improve house value or does it not make a difference?
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.
It can also need some outside TLC. Does the door need a lick of paint? Perhaps it needs replacing altogether. Garage doors can come with a large price tag, but they also tend to come with a lengthy warranty too. Shop around and invest in something that is practical and looks good.
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? On a practical level, having a well-tended and level driveway will help you save money on the wear and tear of your car.
A resin driveway can keep things level and easy to care for. 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 facelift 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 that 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.
Proceed with caution and if you do find a nest that you need to remove, call your local wildlife charity who will advise you on how best to handle the situation.
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 curb appeal can improve house value and is the first thing potential buyers will see. So get rid of those weeds ASAP!