F you want to increase your home’s ‘kerb appeal’, giving the front a makeover is a must, whether you’re selling or staying put. Here’s how to do it:
CLEVER THIS time of year is ideal for brightening up your front garden with window boxes, hanging baskets, troughs and tubs planted with colourful bedding plants.
To define the entrance, especially if there could be confusion about which door is the front door, use plants to help guide people on their way in.
PARKING POSSIBILITIES A FRONT garden can add considerable value to your home if it’s made into off-street parking, especially in expensive urban areas.
Planning permission is sometimes required for this, or there may be planning restrictions on things like its size and the materials used – gravel or permeable paving, for example. With or without off-street parking, you can create an attractive, low-maintenance front garden with gravel, pebbles or slate chips combined with plants.
WOODWORK TATTY woodwork at the front of your home looks awful, so spruce up wooden windows and doors with exterior wood filler and paint. You can also, of course, paint metal windows and even UPVC ones.
Changing the windows can make a massive difference to the frontage, but it’s not cheap. And be careful not to decrease the value of your home – replacing original wooden sash windows with modern UPVC windows will devalue a property in some areas, for example.
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