It’s often said that you shouldn’t “judge a book by its cover,” but many of us do just that. You might have a top of the range kitchen, newly decorated lounge and landscaped back garden, but it’s the front of your home that your visitors see first. If the exterior of your home is more shabby than chic then it’s time to give a little bit of tender loving care to your frontage.
Take a good look at the exterior of your home, if it’s been painted there may be signs discoloration and the paint may have started to peel or look patchy. It’s time to tackle the tired exterior and brighten up the outside with a fresh coat of paint. In fact, why not take the opportunity to give your home a new lease of life by changing the color? A layer of high-quality masonry paint, from the traditional creams and whites to the more audacious blues and pinks,can really lift the look of your home.It’s wise to be a little considerate though, your neighbors might not appreciate something completely out of sync with their homes. It’s also a good idea to check if there are any restrictions regarding planned changes.
The driveway offers a sweeping ingress to your home and needs to look the part. For real curb appeal add an asphalt driveway, attractive and smart they offer an appealing alternative to unsightly concrete paths and lacklustre pavestones. The great news is that asphalt driveways are a cost-effective and low-maintenance way of adding value and enhancing the façade or your beloved dwelling. Don’t neglect the entrance to your home, make a statement of it and ensure that your asphalt driveway showcases your home to all and sundry.
The front door should say “Come on in, we’re pleased to see you.” If yours is faded and dull you aren’t giving a great first impression at the gateway to your home. If you’re considering replacing or updating you could go for a bold color to make your home stand out from the crowd (just make sure it complements your newly painted exterior walls)! You could also invest in a new house number or name plate, choose a design that is in keeping with your home. Garage doors are very much on show too, they often take up an ample portion of your frontage, so it makes sense to improve these too. Give doors a good clean or if necessary consider re-painting or replacing.
Adding a porch can alter the appearance of your exterior and add a little practical touch too (leave your dirty shoes at the door, thank you very much)! Try and match the design to the style of your home and homes within your neighborhood. Your new porch doesn’t have to be overly large or grand in design, it can still transform the look of your home (especially if you feel your house looks a little plain and lacks personality).
Whether you have a front lawn bordering your attractive new asphalt driveway or only room enough for a few flower pots, make the most of what you have. Ensure your lawn looks healthy by feeding and watering. If this isn’t possible consider changing it – extend your driveway or go for an alternative look (gravel and planters can look modern and be low maintenance). If you have plant pots or planters to fill be clever will color and keep them looking their best, wilting and weed ridden pots just look plain sad and add nothing to the look of your home.