8 Top Tips for increasing your Home’s Street Appeal

8 Top Tips for increasing your Home’s Street Appeal
8 Top Tips for increasing your Home’s Street Appeal

A home with great street appeal can be a joy to come home to and if you are thinking of selling, can add that WOW factor that has potential buyers hooked from the moment they see your home.

The good news is that there are heaps of DIY tasks that you can do for little or no cost. For a more substantial makeover, you can engage professionals which will involve some expense, but deliver spectacular results!

TIP 1 - Declutter and tidy up

Remove damaged or rusted furniture and rubbish from the yard. Most local councils have annual junk pick-ups from your verge. Make sure you know when this is and clear your yard and shed at the same time!

TIP 2 - Clear the Letterbox

Ensure that your letterbox is regularly cleared. A letterbox with weather-beaten junk mail hanging out of it screams neglect and is very unappealing. 

TIP 3 - Trim and Prune

Trimming and pruning overgrown bushes is a great way to freshen up the yard. Check with your local council and find out when the next green verge collection is taking place in your area so that you can take the offcuts off your hands. 

TIP 4 - Plant some blooms

Planting fresh flowers makes everyone feel good! Spring is the perfect time to plant a few cheap and cheerful blooms such as Petunias and the kids can join in too. 

TIP 5 - Pressure clean hard surfaces

Driveways, paths and verandas get stained and look dull over time. Hire a Pressure Cleaner from your local equipment hire store. This will get rid of oil stains on the driveway and freshen up tired and dull paving. 

TIP 6 - Landscaping

Engage the services of a Landscape Architect/Gardener. They will have great ideas and water-wise recommendations for your garden. A popular trend is to liven up boring fence spaces with vertical gardens.

TIP 7 - Roof restoration

If your roof cover needs attention you have a few options to consider. Old tiled roofs can be completely replaced with a Colorbond tin roof and completely transform the look of a home. Otherwise, an old tiled roof can be restored. Replace cracked and damaged tiles and follow with a fresh spray coating. This is an affordable alternative to a complete replacement.

TIP 8 - External Render

If your home has unattractive face bricks that belong to a bygone era, consider rendering your home. Covering up the old and dated bricks can give your home a real lift. 

TIP 9 - Repainting the exterior of the home

A repaint of the external walls can lift the look of any home. But don’t just repaint in the same colour! Some of the cream and stone tones that were popular in the past are now out of style. If deciding on a colour leaves you scratching your head in confusion, engage the services of a colour consultant. 

In summary, the end result of sprucing up your home can give it the wow factor and street appeal that makes you beam with pride.

Suzanne Burke

Suzanne Burke

Suzanne Burke is the co-author of Nail Your Renovation without getting Screwed (available online at Booktopia), a book packed full of expert renovation advice and tips. She also manages Amerex Renovations and Additions, an award-winning renovation company with over 20 years of experience.

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