Kerb your enthusiasm
When it comes to houses, you can judge a book by its cover. A recent British study found nearly a third of house buyers would pay 25 per cent more for one with excellent kerb appeal. And they weren’t asking for much — a freshly painted front door, a tidy garden, a well-maintained exterior and clean windows. Whether you are thinking of selling or just wanting to up the neighbourhood ante, much can be done — often cheaply — to ensure your property makes a good first impression.
the house’s architectural style. You probably wouldn’t want to pop a rustic bench in the front of your contemporary home or an ultramodern handle on the front door of a traditional cottage. Design rules can always be broken, but if you are unsure, stick with the tried and tested.
up. The same goes for colour combos. A new palette will unify the exterior. According to the British study, neutral tones are best for dominant areas – masonry, rendering, weatherboards – complementary colours for trims and door frames, stronger accent colours for the front door. Getting it exactly right can be a bit daunting, so seek advice. Paintshops are often the right place to start — just take in a photo of your exterior.
on details. Something as unassuming as a new house number or letterbox can make a huge difference. It’s the same with door knockers, handles, lighting, doormats, even coat hooks ... Remember a front entrance should reflect a home’s interior so choose accessories that reflect your personal style. 4Upgrade the path to the front door. If you can’t afford to replace cracked paving, an enthusiastic pressure-clean can make a world of difference. 5Pimp up your porch with flowers. Container plants, hanging baskets and even flower boxes are hugely effectively at creating a warm welcome. They are also relatively cheap — but not if you forget to maintain them. 6Make
sure everything is spic and span. It sounds elementary but dirty windows and a garden gone to seed will muddy your house’s reputation. Renew your planter beds, pull the weeds, trim the hedges, unclog the guttering and freshen up those windows.
A front door is like jewellery for your house. A slick of paint in a flashier colour than the rest of the exterior will make that first impression count. Door painted in Dulux’s Outrageous Red, Glen Murray (main walls) and Hildegaard (trim).