When it comes to your home’s appeal, your front entrance can either make or break the look of your entire house. The entrance is the first encounter for you and your visitors. The hues and materials you use will let you immediately introduce the guiding motif of your house.
Your curb appeal will also say a lot about you – it can be welcoming, more formal or relaxed. It is so important because this is the start of the story. And remember that the first and last impressions are critical.
Transforming the Exterior of Your Home
If you are planning to sell your house later on, there is no denying that the appearance of your curb appeal can greatly help sell it fast. Even if you have no plans to put in on the market, good curb appeal can make your property the jewel of the neighborhood.
Good landscaping can boost your property’s appeal and value. But there are other ways to do so. Here are four exterior projects to enhance your home’s curb appeal instantly.
1. Upgrade Your Letterbox
Upgrading the letterbox (or installing a new one) is an often overlooked opportunity to enhance a home’s exterior. But this fixture is usually the closest part of the street. Thus, it helps draw the eye of everyone to your property in either a bad or a good way.
When choosing a new letterbox, consider one that suits not just your property but also the rest of the neighborhood. Choose one that will fit in with the general appearance of the other houses on your street and at the same time matches your home’s style.
When upgrading your current mailbox into a higher-quality letterbox, make sure the new one adheres to relevant regulations on letterbox size and placement in your area.
Also, you must replace the number with highly visible and eye-catching numerals to have a better-looking mail receptacle.
Aside from aesthetics, letterboxes serve a practical function. So make sure that you have a sturdy, attractive letterbox and a clearly-visible numeral in your home. Adding stepping stones toward your front door is also a good idea to provide a guide to visitors, messengers and delivery persons.
2. Resurface or Replace Your Driveway
A well-maintained driveway will create an appealing and inviting first impression. Weeds, cracks and other damages will diminish your home’s appeal. So if you have an unappealing driveway, replace or repair it now.
A newly installed driveway will create an updated, fresh look for your property. Among the most popular options are cobblestone, sandstone, slate and river patterns. If you have an asphalt driveway showing signs of settling or cracks, resurfacing it is crucial. This will prevent further damage. To ensure the longevity of its quality, make sure you maintain it properly.
3. Paint Your Front Door
A pop of color can make a big impact. If your front door nearly blends into your home’s exterior, the right hue will allow it to have more of an impact.
Consider a color that will complement and contrast your exterior. If, for instance, you have a white brick house, blue or red will definitely stand out and contrast gorgeously. You can further add elegance by replacing your standard front door with a carved or glass paneled one. This can add extra style and interest to your exterior.
Do you have plants in your yard? Are they arranged beautifully? The key is for you to have a nice mixture of shrubs, trees and flowers so everything will be balanced and aesthetically appealing. If your budget permits, consider investing in professional landscaping services.
Professional landscapers will increase the amount the grass in your front yard as this adds depth to your land. For a fresh look, they can also add young plants. They can even install a playground with swing and slide set for your kids to enjoy if you want to.
The one thing you shouldn’t neglect
Most homeowners spend plenty of their time indoors. Thus, it is no surprise that most people choose to remodel only their home’s interior. But neglecting the exterior of your home can leave it looking worn-out and tired. So consider implementing these four exterior projects today! You will be surprised by how they can significantly boost your home’s curb appeal and value.
Jay Flavell is the General Manager at Sandleford Holdings. He has been working in the DIY & Home Improvement industry since 2007 and has vast experience sourcing and developing products from overseas suppliers in the Far East. Jay has also been successful in dealing with a number of major DIY & Home Improvement retailers throughout his career.
Beau Flavell has been a Product & Account Manager for Sandleford Holdings since July 2017. He completed his VCE at Brighton Grammar School and also holds an A-Class Electrician License. Beau has been working on developing a new range of innovative letterboxes and currently lives in Melbourne, Australia.