Thursday, 3 August 2017

Curb Appeal: Making Your Home's Exterior as Eye Catching as Possible

When it comes to making our homes look beautiful, most of us focus all of our efforts on our exteriors. This makes sense. We spend most of our time inside of our homes, so automatically alter the areas that we look at for long stretches of time on a daily basis. While your interiors are important, it’s necessary to remember to show your home’s exterior a little bit of love too. After all, what’s the first thing that others see when they pull up outside of your property? First impressions are massively important, so make sure that your property is dazzling from an onlooker point of view. Ensure that what’s outside of your home does what’s inside justice. Here are a few tips and tricks to get you started.

Add Colour With Flower Beds

You probably don’t want to start digging up your front yard, but this doesn’t mean that you can’t grow flowers there. Wooden sleepers, like those supplied by George Hill Timber, can be used individually or stacked to create raised flower beds of various depths on flat ground. This allows you to set up a contained flower bed in no time. It is a straightforward and affordable process with great results. The flowers will add a splash of color to your home’s exterior, bring wildlife such as butterflies and bees to your property and release a beautiful scent into the atmosphere. Perfect!

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Consider Climbing Plants

If you don’t have the room out front to experiment with, don’t worry. The front of your home can lead directly onto a pavement and still have beautiful flowering plants. The answer? Climber plants. These grow up the walls of your property, adding a touch of nature to the face of your home. There are plenty of different types available, so choose wisely. Different species have different maintenance requirements, should be planted at different times of the year and have massively varying height and spread measurements. So do your research before forking out for any plant in particular. Ivy is extremely popular, creating a traditional look. It is usually self-clinging, so will establish itself easily and effectively. If you prefer flowering plants, why not opt for Wisteria? This will require a little support but will reward you with stunning purple blooms.

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Match Your Front Door and Window Frames

Most people leave their home with the front door and window frames that were there when they moved in. But why not personalize your property a little. This is as simple as giving these features a lick of fresh paint. You can go for traditional colors, such as black, red or navy. Or you could spruce things up a bit with pastel shades or bright, bolder tones. Whatever you opt for, invest in high-quality, wood paint that will be able to withstand the elements. We would also recommend choosing a high-gloss finish. This makes your woodwork look in pristine condition at all times. Remember to remove the letterbox and door number before commencing painting. These can be screwed back on afterward and will make your handiwork look neater and much more professional.

Maintain Your Walkways

Most front gardens will have a path leading to the front door. Remember to maintain these. Weeds will quickly establish themselves in the cracks between the paving slabs. You should take the time out to pull them up and ensure that they don’t return. Spray an effective weed killer in the place where the weeds lay. This will prevent undesirable regrowth. If any slabs become cracked (they are prone to do this over time, due to changes in ground levels or excessive heat in the summer), replace them as soon as possible. This will prevent slips and trips while ensuring that your home still looks presentable.

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Installing Exterior Lighting

Exterior lighting is hugely beneficial for any home for a variety of reasons. Not only does lighting ensure that you can access your home with care while avoiding bumps and falls, but it also prevents the risk of burglary. Thieves are unlikely to target a property that illuminates them, as they are more likely to be seen, caught, or identified. Opt for motion activated lights to save energy: this is better for both your pocket and the environment.

Following these steps will ensure that your home’s exterior is as attractive, functional and safe as possible. You needn’t rush the process. Choose one area to tackle each week. This will result in less stress and pressure but will see your home become the most outstanding in the block within no time.

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