Fixing the Facade – How to Increase the Curb Appeal of Your Home

There are heaps of benefits to owning your own home. A place to live in and make your own is one of them. It’s the place you come home to after a long day of work, study or other occupation. It’s where you relax with your family, friends and other loved ones. So it pays to take some pride in your house. All too often you can get caught up and bogged down in the details and general busy-ness of life that you can neglect to maintain and care for your home, leaving it looking a bit shabby and causing the neighbours to shake their heads in disapproval. So if you want to fix the facade and increase the curb appeal of your property, read on as we delve into several tips and hints.

Replace Your Garage Door

If your garage faces the street, then it’s one of the first things that people will see as they come to knock on your door. If you have a tired old metal roller door, you may want to consider upgrading to a lovely new garage door installation. You’d be surprised at how this little touch can spruce up the appearance of your property. Make sure to choose a colour that matches, compliments or contrasts with the rest of your exterior painted. While we’re on the topic of paint.

A Fresh Coat of Paint Does Wonders

Is your outdoor paint job flaked, peeling and a bit worse for wear? You need to give weatherboards a new coat every five to seven years. If you’re on a budget, you can do this yourself, although it requires a bit of time and effort – you’ve got to choose the best colour, sand back and give it a couple of coats for good measure. If you don’t have the time and you’ve got a bit of spare cash then consider hiring a professional painter, who can take the stress out of the job while you focus on other more important things.

Get in the Garden

Along with the garage and the paint scheme, the front yard is the first thing visitors will see when they approach your house. Unless you want to scare the sales folks and religious types off with untamed grass and overgrown shrubs, it’s time to get out the secateurs, gardening gloves and the rake and get to work. Mow your lawn once a week or fortnight, get religious about pulling up weeds and ensure your shrubs, bushes and trees are maintained well. Late winter or early spring is the best time to prune, and don’t forget to water twice a day in summer during the hottest days.

How’s Your Mailbox?

This one may seem an odd tip, but a gorgeous mailbox can boost your curb appeal. We’ve seen some old, rusty, broken, chipped, cracked and otherwise sorry-looking mailboxes. Since your mailbox gets exposed to the elements, it is prone to wear and tear like everything else. So it may be time to pop down to the hardware store and go shopping for a brand new one.

A Curbside Conclusion

There are a few things you can do to boost the curb appeal of your property. The first is to invest in a new garage door if you need one. Next, ask yourself if its time to repaint your facade – you can do this yourself or hire a painter. Don’t neglect the garden as it goes a long way towards first impressions. Finally, consider if your mailbox needs an upgrade. And remember that the things that you take pride in bring you joy in the long run.