Your first day of a new job, first dinner with the in-laws or selling your property: you rarely get a second chance at a first impression. Therefore, it’s important to get the outside of your home looking just as attractive as the inside.
Decorating the inside of your house is fun, granted. You get to enjoy a new kitchen or a new carpet and, despite how incredible the outside of your property might look, it’s unlikely you’ll spend hours stood outside staring at it. But nevertheless, having a polished exterior will make your home stand out from the crowd, and could make all the difference to a potential buyer (or at least make you the envy of your neighbours).
To get started, pin down exactly what it is you want to do. Go outside and take a good look at your home from the pavement. Think about what your eye is naturally drawn to – is it the window panes or the door? Does your front garden have a lot of greenery or low maintenance pebbles? Is your home painted, shingled or brickwork? No matter what the exterior looks like, there’s a couple of easy ways to give your home a facelift.
It might seem obvious, but don’t have an overgrown front garden. With the weather warming up, there’s no better time to grab a pair of secateurs and get to work chopping down the build-up of brambles and nettles that have accumulated over the winter. Mow the lawn, add garden borders and remove any weeds or dead plants. It may take some elbow grease, but your garden will have a whole new look by the end of it.
A colour wheel can help you work out what colour schemes could work best for your home. If you have a lot of green plants, like ivy, around your front door, then a red colour scheme will compliment Mother Nature’s green palette. If you have an orange/red brickwork property, then try dark blues and navy for the door and window frames. If the exterior of your house is fairly neutral, then this allows you to be a little bolder with your colour choices. Go for a bright blue, berry or yellow door that will catch the eye.
Colour coordination is truly a wonderful thing, so paint the window frames as well, or invest in some matching plant pots to arrange around the door for a welcoming feel. You could even paint the exterior of your house, your door and window frames in complimentary colours to give the outside a total facelift.
If you don’t think bright colours will work for your home, then there’s nothing wrong with a bit of monochrome. There’s a reason black, white and grey are such resilient favourites when it comes to colour schemes, as they truly are timeless. You can always rely on a lick of fresh white paint and some angular black and grey pots to give your home’s exterior a sleek, modern look that’s just as stylish as its brighter counterparts.
Here at Andrews, we’re experts at making your home stand out from the crowd. Our photography style is honest, and we’ll truly capture your property in its best light. However, we have no doubts that kerb appeal counts, so doing everything you can to present your home at is best will make a big difference when looking to sell.