The internet is jam-packed with articles on interior design, furniture and decoration, but the exterior of property development is often overlooked. The chances are that you spend more time inside of your property than staring at the outsides, but it’s still important to make the right impression and keep your home looking as good as you can – especially if you want to sell it. Below, we’ve rounded up five ways to improve the exterior of your home.
- Landscape your garden
Your front garden will be one of the first things people see when they arrive at your home, so it’s important that you make the best possible first impression. Landscape gardening can be expensive if you work with a professional company, but you can do it on your own for a fraction of the cost. Stock up on flowers, bushes and plants at your local garden centre, buy or rent a lawn mower and hedge cutter, and buy some garden pebbles or landscape rocks. It may take you a couple of days, and there’ll be plenty of hard work involved, but the results will speak for themselves! And, according to The Telegraph, a well-maintained garden can add an impressive 20% to the value of your property, which is great if you want to sell it.
- Replace your windows
If you have double or triple glazing, then you’ll know just how expensive replacing them can be. Unfortunately, though, windows and doors do need to be replaced every 20 to 30 years to maximise your home’s energy efficiency. A new set of windows can also make your home look clean and refreshed – but you should never invest in windows just because you want them to look good. Wait until you notice drafts, leaks and other problems before making any changes, and consider getting the frames repaired and touched up to save money.
- Paint your doors
If you have a wooden door, then consider giving it a new lick of paint. You don’t necessarily have to choose the same colour as your windows – i.e. white or brown – you could choose a statement colour, like red, blue or green, and varnish your door for extra effect. If you have a plastic uPVC door that looks outdated, then consider replacing it. You can pick one up for just a couple of hundred pounds, and it will make your property’s entrance fresh and clean.
- Look at your roof
As much as we’d like to believe they are, our homes aren’t indestructible, and it’s important that we maintain them to the highest standard to prolong their life and reduce the chances of damage. Your roof is one area of your property that you neglect – but shouldn’t. Before the winter weather arrives, consider getting a professional roofing company, like the roofers in Newcastle upon Tyne at Findley Roofing, to conduct a roof health check and make the appropriate repairs and changes. Failing to do so could lead to leaks and further damage.
- Add signage to your property
Address plaques and house signs can be a welcome addition to your property and help postmen, delivery companies and visitors find you fast. You can buy a plaque that has your full address on along with an attractive symbol, like a tree or animal, or you could add a simple number plate to your property. To maximise its appeal, choose a colour that fits your home – if you have red doors, for example, then a plaque with red writing could work best.