Increase the street appeal of your Adelaide home
You’ve probably heard it said that it you never get a second chance to make a first impression. This is equally true about your home, which is why increased curb appeal is so important especially if you’re thinking of putting your house on the market. Even if you’re not planning on selling, coming home to an attractive and welcoming home always lifts the spirits.
Regular maintenance will keep your home looking good. Try to keep up to simple jobs such as cleaning the windows and gutters, pruning shrubs and hedges and pulling out the weeds. And why not invest in a pressure cleaner for the paths and driveway. But for high impact without breaking the bank, you can make some simple changes to your home with these five simple home improvements.
Freshen Up The Paintwork
Freshen up the exterior of your home with a new paint job. Take a look around the area for inspiration of colours that will suit the style of your home. And if you’re not game to go for a whole new colour scheme, you will be amazed at the effect simply repainting in the same colour will have. Paint dulls over time and a new coat of paint always freshens up the look of your home.
And if you have a fence or gate, don’t forget to give that a repaint if necessary.
Replace or Repaint Your Front Door
While you have the paint brush out, why not give the front door a smart new look or perhaps replace it completely. Polish or update any hardware and replace any broken floor tiles. Then you just need to put out the welcome mat – literally!
And why hide an amazing looking door behind a grille. Plain mesh security doors not only protect your home, they don’t detract from beautiful doors. An alternative would be a decorative screen door – perhaps a Federation style would suit your home.
Add Some Greenery
Whether you have a small front garden, a sweeping lawn, or even just a balcony, nothing is more appealing than healthy well-kept plants. No matter what the time of year you can add colour and interest with seasonal flowers in borders, pots and even window boxes. And its an easy way to increase curb appeal.
If you don’t have green thumbs, or, like many of us, you are time poor choose hardy shrubs and water wise natives. Not sure what to go for? A quick walk around your neighbourhood will reveal which plants thrive in your area.
Update Your Window Coverings
While you’re concentrating on the outside of your home, take a quick look at your front windows. What do your window coverings look like? Replacing your curtains and nets with sleek roller blinds or stylish plantation shutters will not only enhance your home’s street appeal, they will also look great inside too. Dual blinds feature both a block-out shade and a sheer blind. While plantation shutters can be angled to let in the light while maintaining your privacy.
Tired or damaged fly screens can be replaced for a relatively small investment or easily upgraded to plain mesh security screens for your windows. And today’s external roller shutters are a modern and effective way of both dressing your windows and deterring any would-be intruders.
Finally, Don’t Forget Little Things Can Affect Curb Appeal
Sometimes it’s the things that cost the least and are the easiest to fix that we forget about. A smart looking letterbox and a shiny street number can make a surprising difference. An attractive – spiderweb free – outside light looks good day and night. And if possible, wheel those rubbish bins out of sight.