7 Great Ways to Increase your Home’s Curb Appeal

So many homes are sold on the curb appeal and many buyers make up their minds to purchase a home before they even step inside it. There is no accounting for first impressions and the way you present your home and the first appearance it offers makes a significant difference to its desirability. This factor is known as the curb appeal – which as you may have guessed is the amount of appeal it creates from the road. So, let’s take a look at some innovative ways to increase it and sell your home faster and for more.

Front Door

So many of us are drawn towards the front door when we look at a home from the road and adding a colourful and alluring new coat of paint can make the front door look all the more attractive, a good time to use your paint brushes. Strong bright gloss colours look great and are very in at the moment. Of course, other colours are safer and also timeless. A black or dark plum works well and is contemporary muted and works well at creating that positive first impression. A nice set of hanging baskets either side of the door will work nicely.

Lighting

Good garden lighting is unseen but still adds significantly to the appeal of the property. Symmetry can work wonders here too and significantly add to the appeal of the garden lights. Hiding lights beside, underneath and behind trees and shrubs can create interesting shapes, get creative with your gardening. Tones and colours are a good idea.

Paths and Garden

Clean the leaves and dirt from the paths and the garden before you sell the home. A leaf collector and blower will really help this process. People don’t want to see a load of rubbish on the front drive as it detracts from the home, get a good pressure washer and give it a good blast down. Park cars and bicycles nearly and create a sense of order. In addition, paint railings and clean porches – this can greatly improve sale prospects. Tidy up the grass verges using an edging tool or lay a new turf if necessary, get a

Clean Windows

Clean and gleaming windows make so much difference to the way a house is and cleaning your windows and giving frames a polish and a lick of paint can really help. The position of glazing bars is also important and you should also ensure that curtains and blinds are in unison and add to the home’s appeal.

Greenery

Add some greenery, especially if it’s a country house as it creates a specific feel to the house. In addition, try keeping things in tone with the home. So, remember to avoid things like carved bird of prey unless you own a stately home, but a quirky bird feeder to attract birds and wildlife would work. Don’t go with stone pillars with a white gate unless you own a manor house – certain things work well with some homes and not with others but certainly look at landscaping, of course, don’t try to sell your home with an overgrown garden.

Painting

Of course, one of the simplest things is to give your house a coat of paint and tidy up the façade this will ensure you sell quick and can move out quickly. Paint and cleanliness go a long way in the home and can really help the house outshine any others the potential buyers will look at. So, give it a new coat – just make sure that it’s not too brash. Tidy up wherever possible

Next Door

Next door can affect your house selling chances, so if you’re cleaning up or cutting the hedge, ask them if they don’t mind you helping them out. If next door looks clean, you create a better overall neighbourhood impression and greatly increase your chance of selling the house.

Creative Gardening

You don’t want to throw away any of your favourite really old things? An old porcelain vase, some old car tyres in the garage(they make excellent garden planters for zero cost) or a wooden crate that you got the last autumn, a brilliant substitute for a workbench – what can you do in order to make them useful? Here are some ideas.

Let’s start with a little history

The idea of using some old stuff for planting flowers is very old. It is used by the Egyptians and the Romans and is developed in time, it was quite clear planting would help keep your plants healthy during a drought. Nowadays the interest towards this kind of gardening has increased during the 50s of the 20th century.

Here the main advantages of “creative” gardening:

Flexibility

Using different containers allows you to enjoy your favourite flowers in places that are not really supposed to have flowers growing on or are not very appropriate for traditional gardening. Even if you live in a small apartment you could try growing some fruits, vegetables, flowers or shrubs. And the best thing is that these plants can actually grow almost anywhere in your home – on the roof of the house, on the balcony, on the staircase, etc. They could even be used as a Mother’s Day Gift, what better way of showing your love than a handcrafted garden piece.

One of the greatest advantages of creative gardening is the opportunity to be more experimental as well as the opportunity to optimise the living conditions that are of great importance when growing some plants – the temperature, the air humidity, the light, when to water, and so on. And this really makes a difference for the more demanding plants and flowers.

By using some hanging flower pots or hanging baskets and some old tin cans, you can limit the growth of some fast-growing flowers and shrubs. You can use these untraditional pots for growing different plants that look good together and can actually live in symbiosis required. This way plants themselves can help each other, you don’t need to spend on fancy troughs and planting accessories to make an interesting and varied garden(but the links are there in case you do want a short cut).

Mobility

Plants that are grown in containers can be moved easily. If you decide you can move your favourite flowers from the garden to to backyard for example. This makes you easier if you are moving to a new accommodation and want to have your favourite plants with you.

Pest Control

If one of your plants is attacked by pests, you can easily move the rest of them in a safer place and take care of the damaged one without damaging the others. Try to use the fact that some plants emit certain chemicals or toxins through their leaves and roots that keep the insects away.

Decoration

The small wooden chest with some blooming petunias can make even the most unattractive home look cosier. Using the creative gardening techniques can work really well for you in you need to decorate your balcony or backyard, too. Making use of bits you would throw away that then become part of your lovely garden will make you feel good too.

How to get started

The first important decision you should make is whether to put several smaller containers or for example, two larger ones. Then you should decide where to put them – on the balcony, on the staircase, in the kitchen or in the garden. You can plant some spices or flowers only – the choice is all yours.

Geometry

Before you start, take a sheet of paper and a pencil and make a scheme and a list with the main things you want to do.

Think of the details

Where would the plants you have chosen feel best? Have in mind that the place you choose should be comfortable for you, in order to make watering the flowers easier as well as prevent you ever needing to tackle an overgrown part of your garden. Make sure that the containers are put in a place that is unreachable for your pets and children, a little toddler proofing is never a bad idea. It also provides an opportunity to teach your children about the garden. Not everything has to be bought and much can be recycled. Perhaps you could think about ornaments what would work as a nice bird bath, hopefully that would indeed help to attract these birds to your lovely garden.

What are the materials you need?

Use your imagination when choosing the containers which you will use to put the flowers in, for example if you have an old wheelbarrow or barbecue, use that as a large trough. In the first place, the size of the containers matters. It has to correspond to the size of the plant form an aesthetic and functional point of view. The size, the material and the shape of your container must be appropriate not only for the plant but also for the interior of your home.