Thursday, March 8, 2012

How To Improve Your Home's Curb Appeal

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When it comes to our homes, we tend to focus the majority of our time, money and effort on maintaining and improving the inside--after all, that's where we spend the most time, isn't? This is all well and good, but the fact remains that 'curb appeal'-- the way your home looks from the street--is still an important factor in impressing buyers and achieving a sophisticated aesthetic for your house. Here we've put together a list of some improvements you can make to the outside of your house, from some simple landscaping work with some quality outdoor tiles to maintaining the windows, garden and paint job.
Not having a green thumb is no excuse not to have a neat garden. You may not want to spend every weekend pruning, weeding and planting, but there are varying degrees of maintenance required by different types of garden and it is perfectly possible to create a low-maintenance front yard that still looks elegant. Choose shrubs that require minimum watering and weeding, and install a weed-cover to stop them from getting through in the first place. If you don;t want to hassle about with mowing the lawn frequently, design a layout (or have one designed for you) that involves tanbark, wood chips and rocks. A garden that looks structure and looked-after suggests a house that's the same, which is a great first-impression to make on anyone--especially potential buyers!
Windows and Paint
Window frames are one area that always seem to be overlooked when it comes to home maintenance, but it is startling how much of a difference they make! It's just like when someone gets a new pair of glasses to replace their old, out of date ones. You know that there's something different about them but you can;t figure out what! Updating or re-painting old window frames will add a neatness and freshness to your home that is sure to impress. Similarly, keeping the paint job fresh is an important element in improving the overall curb appeal of your home. A paint-job (much like a good hair-dye!) can reduce the age of your house (or at least how old it looks) and if you choose a different, more modern colour, it can completely revamp your home's image.
Paths, Walkways and Driveways
Another element that will add structure and elegance to your home is the addition of a paved path or walkway to your door. You can also improve the entrance to your property with a new driveway using sandstone pavers or concrete. Defined walkways can create an illusion of more space and grandeur in a front yard, and make a lasting impression on passer's by and neighbours alike!

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