How to Increase Your Home’s Kerb Appeal
The term ‘kerb appeal’ has been used increasingly in recent years, referring to how attractive your home and its surroundings look to people walking by. Your home’s kerb appeal therefore has an impact on the worth of your home, as it is the first thing that any potential buyers will see when they view it, which can massively influence their opinion.
You only get one chance to make a good first impression, so in this article we will guide you through 6 steps you can take to increase your home’s kerb appeal.
The devil’s in the detail
You may disregard those little weekend DIY jobs that seem less significant but there are many simple changes you can make to improve your property. For example: purchase a door knocker to add an air of sophistication, update your house number display to match the style of the house, and repair any minor damages such as cracks or wear-and-tear. A lick of paint can completely transform doors, fences and gates, bringing them back to life. You could also consider sprucing up the front of your home with some foliage, such as hanging baskets or potted plants.
Tidy up the entrance area
Your drive or pathway is the passage to your home. It’s important to check for cracks and signs of wear-and-tear so that they can be fixed before more serious damage occurs. A pressure washer can work wonders for cleaning dirt and leaving the area looking brand new. You could also add some solar-powered lights to clearly outline the route to the door, which are both practical and stylish.
Update your front door
Your front door is one of the most prominent features of the house, and is often the first thing people will notice. If your front door is looking a little dated or worse for wear, you may want to consider replacing it. It’s important to try and choose something that’s in line with the general feel of your house – for example, oak can provide a natural look, or composite doors can look contemporary. There are a variety of colours and styles to choose from with a Hormann insulated steel door, in addition to the benefits of being extremely secure and great at insulating.
Consider a new awning
A new awning adds an elegant covered entrance, framing the front door – it also provides shelter on the rain which comes in handy when you can’t find your keys. Awnings can also be a great addition to shop fronts, as they can help you to stand out from local competition and encourage customers to come and have a look, protecting them from the elements while they window shop.
Don’t forget about your garage door
Of course, we couldn’t leave this one off the list. Functionality and durability are incredibly important – the added security of modern garage doors will deter burglars while appealing to buyers. You’d be surprised, though, at what a difference the appearance of your garage door can make – it is one of the biggest visual features of a home and can therefore be very striking. There are so many choices nowadays of garage door styles, colours, materials and openings, so you can really make it your own and match it with the period and style of your home. Add to this cohesiveness even further by matching your garage door to your front door, so that they really complement each other.
Doormatic is a leading garage door company operating throughout the South East, including Surrey, Kent, and Buckinghamshire. With over 20 years’ experience in garage doors, we have recently extended our services to include the supply of front doors and awnings. For more information, contact our friendly team today.