Like it or not, when it comes to property, first impressions count. Whether you’re viewing a property as a potential buyer or visiting a friend, we’re all guilty of judging the house-shaped book by its cover.
For many, what you initially see in a property is what you get, and that means kerb appeal is important. In fact, paying attention to the view of your property from the road can boost its overall value by thousands. But what is kerb appeal, and how can you boost the attractiveness of your home from the road?
Of course, there are many roads you can go down to improve the kerb appeal of a property, from repointing bricks to repainting the front door. While these kinds of improvements to the actual building are effective, improving the space that surrounds your home can be just as successful.
In this post I’ll explain how you can increase the kerb appeal of your home through simple garden maintenance.
Keep it tidy
It may seem like a simple tip to start with, but there’s a lot to be said for a tidy garden. For onlookers, the state of a garden says a lot about the state of a house, so simply keeping your garden in order can instantly improve the look of your home.
Easy ways to tidy up your garden include:
- Cutting the grass
- Picking up debris, such as leaves
- Flatten molehills
- Remove litter
Keeping your garden looking its best is a continuous task. So when it comes to tidying your outdoor space, set aside some time each week to maintain its appearance.
Plan your space
The way your home looks from the outside is proven to increase its value and saleability, so investing in organising your outdoor space isn’t wasted money.
The right outdoor landscaping can:
- Make your garden look bigger
- Modernise your space
- Make your garden more practical
- Improve the appearance of your home
Whether you create a mood board, watch your favorite garden programme for inspiration or get a professional landscaper in to take control of the project for you, properly planning your garden space can take your property from zero to hero in no time at all!
When you think of your garden, is your mind filled only with green? Or worse, brown? If you answered yes to this, then adding colour to your garden is a must to increase your property’s kerb appeal.
From a gorgeous green lawn to a beautiful bright flowers in window boxes, adding a variety of colours to your outside space can elevate the appearance of your home and add diversity to your garden–it’s a win-win!
Care for your lawn
Again, this might seem like an obvious point to make, but nonetheless it’s one that goes overlooked all too often. A well cut and healthy lawn creates a beautiful green carpet to surround your property and instantly improves the appearance of your entire property.
From ensuring the soil PH is at the perfect level for optimum grass health and vibrancy to regular mowing with precise Wimbledon stripes in tact, investing the time it takes to get your lawn looking as good as it will increase the saleability of your home and instantly increase its kerb appeal.
Keep your boundaries neat
Hedgerows and edges can immediately lift the kerb appeal of a property, but they’re also notoriously known for making homes look tired, unkempt and less-attractive if left to grow out of control. If you’re looking to increase the kerb appeal of your home, turning to your unattended boundaries should be one of your first ports of call.
From levelling your hedges to create a straight edge around the perimeter of your home which offers a natural element of privacy to straightening the edge of your lawn where it meets the walkway from the path up to your front door, keeping all your borders and boundaries in line will ensure your property looks as good as possible from the road.
If you’d prefer something that requires a bit less maintenance, try building a garden wall instead. It doesn’t grow like a hedge so won’t require regular trimming, but do check over it every so often to make sure there aren’t any cracks or areas that need repairing.
Upgrade your pathway
You walk in and out of your home everyday, and the chances are you’ve not thought about the path you walk down in a while. But for visitors, prospective buyers and onlookers seeing your home for the first time, the state of your path can be a huge factor in your property’s kerb appeal.
Whether your slabs are beyond repair and need replacing or simply need a quick pressure wash to remove years of grime and dirt, simply attending to your paving can refresh the look of your home and transform its appearance.
A perfectly green lawn is all well and good, but for prospective buyers and visitors, adding additional features can help show off the full potential of your outdoor space.
From a calming water feature which offers your very own retreat to a decorative mirror which deceives the eye and makes your garden seem larger than it actually is, features in your garden can have the same effect as decor in the home. It shows off your personality, makes your garden on of a kind and, most importantly, makes it yours.
Go forth and increase your kerb appeal
Whether you’re planning to put your home on the market or not, keeping your kerb appeal as high as possible is a worthwhile use of your time. If you’re looking for a cost and time effective way to make an immediate difference, paying attention to your homes kerb appeal is a failsafe way to go.
Whether you want to respark the love you have for your home and feel more house proud or give your neighbours serious home envy, these simple outdoor garden maintenance tips are sure to help you transform the view of your property.