What is Kerb Appeal?
Kerb appeal is a term used to referrer to the attractiveness of your home or property from the outside. It is the first impression you get when approaching, as to whether it gives off a good appearance from the street or driveway it is situated on.
Why Increase Your Kerb Appeal?
Increasing your kerb appeal is the process of making the external aesthetic of your home more appealing. Homeowners may look to do this to give off a better first impression on the appearance of their property, which could be for many reasons, including if they are looking to sell their home or rent out a property, a great first impression can make all the difference.
In fact, research commissioned and released by estate agents Strutt & Parker, report that a whopping 76% of home buyers think first impressions are everything when they visit a property, while 66% agree they are vital when viewing a property online.
Further to this, Dulux Weathershield carried out research which concluded that nearly a third of Brits are willing to pay 25 per cent more for a new home if it has a fresh lick of paint to the front door and brickwork.
For such small DIY jobs with little expense and a little elbow grease, it can make all the difference to the value of your property, it's first impression and increasing your homes kerb appeal.
How To Increase Your Kerb Appeal
Adding appeal and the perceived value of your home doesn't have to be costly. Here are some of our top mentions which you can complete on a relatively small DIY budget, but ultimately, can make all the difference to your homes kerb appeal.
1. Cut Grass, Trim Hedges & Remove Dead Branches
A front garden which is well kept is always more appealing than an overgrown lawn with out-of-control hedges. Cutting the front garden back will make the entrance of your home more spacious and tidy.
2. Plant Native Flowers
Sticking with the gardening theme, don't just keep your flowers in the back garden! Planting native flowers without doubt makes your home more welcoming and homely to people and bees alike.
3. Light Up Your Driveway
Adding lights to your driveway is an easy and effective way to help improve your homes appearance, particularly in the dark winter months. Lights make your home feel larger and more homely, two things which are great for people looking to sell their home!
4. Buy a House Sign
A simple but commonly overlooked feature to increase kerb appeal, is adding a new house sign to your property. A house sign helps postman, friends and family find your home, while being the first thing to look at on arrival. Whether you don't have one at all, or need a new one to match your property, a personalised house sign is an easy way to add value to your home.
5. Add a Lick of Paint to Your Home, Front Door, Fences and Gates.
A bit of paint really can work miracles for a property, making it feel fresh and cared for, while hiding aging in the brickwork and other fine details. The front door is a great place to start, and on it's own a freshly painted door can give a home a whole new appearance. Check those fences, window sills, garage doors and garden gates, a lick of paint can work wonders.
6. Clean Those Windows
Clear windows, clear mind. Well.. maybe not quite, but dirty windows will do nothing but detract from your homes appeal from the roadside. Wipe down any window sills and make sure you leave a streak free finish on the glass - that is a skill on it's own!
7. Tidy Your Entrance Area
It's easy for clutter to build up at the front entrance of the home. Particularly as it can turn into the second home for bikes, recycling bags, wellies, maybe even the kids muddy football boots to be situated. Tidy the space and keep it clear, it will make the area feel larger and brighter.
8. Build a Path To Your Door
Some front gardens don't have a clear path to the front door, or have an old path which has been reclaimed by nature. Either way, a clear and neat path makes a big difference when trying to be welcoming. Scrub off those paving slabs, cut around those path boarders and make a clear entrance to your door.
9. Add a Door Knocker.
A small touch, but door knockers are back in fashion with more stylish varieties than ever to choose from. Door bells tend to add little to a homes appearance, but a knocker can add a touch of class. Here is a great example a customer of ours sent in, where she has matched the colour of her house sign to her door knocker - it looks great!
10. Keep Your Bins Hidden
Bin storage boxes are becoming increasingly popular in the UK, keeping your bins in one place and out of sight. Large plastic tubs on wheels aren't going to do much in favour of your homes appearance, so tuck them down the side of your home or in a wheelie bin storage box, if you have the space and budget for it.
What Lowers My Kerb Appeal?
As you now know, there's plenty you can do to give your home a real boost, but there's some thing which actually do the opposite. Here's a few pointers to stay away from:
Pink front doors and yellow garden gates may make you stand out from the crowd, but it's not everyone's taste and if you're looking to sell your home, it could be a first impression that makes your potential buyers look elsewhere. Stick to softer tones, and if you need to add some colour, a soft Autumn palette of blues, greens and burnt oranges could be the way forward.
We're not talking about the odd garden gnome, but the homeowners who own an ornament onslaught featuring an array of animals, stone cut-outs and carved faces. This is a case of less is more, and ultimately will take away from your homes kerb appeal.
Vinyl Wheelie Bin Covers
No matter the pattern or flowers which feature on your wheelie bin cover, these large stickers do little other than attract attention to get people to look at your bins. It's always best to move them out of sight where possible. As they say, out of sight out of mind.
With these tips in mind, you'll be well on your way to increasing your kerb appeal and achieving you house goals, albeit freshening up your home, adding value to your property or standing out on your street. Whatever you want to achieve, you can do so on a limited budget and a bit of elbow grease.