Maybe you want your house to stand out from the crowd.  Maybe you are selling and are looking for something extra to grab the buyer’s attention.  Or maybe you just love coming home to a place that looks amazing!

Today’s guest post comes to us from Jayde Ferguson and Fencemakers and has some great tips for getting that extra kerb appeal you are after.

6 Eye-Catching Ways to Create the Ultimate Kerb Appeal for Your Home

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When it comes to your home the old saying “first impressions count” really does matter. What makes one house a head turner and another barely noticeable is more than just personal taste – it’s the ultimate kerb appeal that gives your home that ‘wow’ factor.

Creating kerb appeal is all about defining the front of your property; from attractive colour schemes to bold numbers and landscaping that softens the edges. Homeowners tend to only take kerb appeal into consideration when they’re planning to sell, but what about the rest of us? A fresh and welcoming exterior to come home to everyday should be an inviting incentive for everyone!

The biggest setback for homes lacking kerb appeal is budget. Money is quick to be spent in high-profile spaces inside the house and outside entertaining is the next must have. It doesn’t have to be hard though, to personalise the front of your home and give it its own character. Make your home stand out with these eye-catching ideas.

1. Accentuate Features with Porch Lighting

Lighting is a simple and cost-effective way to really transform the mood of your home’s exterior. Whilst adequate illumination is essential for safety considerations, the right fixtures can accentuate the features and character of your home.

If you want to stay away from the wiring side of things, opt for solar fixtures by the door, in trees for a fun night-time feature or to guide guests to your home. Making a bold statement with the lighting will help your home to have that ‘wow’ factor, so consider replacing smaller fixtures for larger pendant glows or oyster lights to boost the aesthetic value and create a mystical feel.

2. Create Depth by Adding a Fence

With any property, it’s important to have a boundary between a busy street or unwanted guests and your own personal space. In addition to safety concerns, adding a fence around your home can give the impression your front space is larger by creating the illusion of depth. Peter Taliangis, Real Estate Director at Professionals Ultimate, stresses that first impressions are what count and the fencing can be one of the first things your notice. “If you do have a fence, painting your fence, replacing broken parts and removing rust marks are a big deal”.

A well-designed fence that looks creative or colourful will give your home’s exterior a special touch. Timber and picket fences are the most common and can be dressed up with a dramatic gate to go with it. Here is a great resource that explains the benefits and drawbacks of timber and picket fencing.

3. Refresh with Paint

The exterior of your home takes up a lot of visual space and a fresh coat of paint can work wonders in changing the dynamics. Stick with neutral colours for the bulk of the home’s exterior and vibrant colours that pop for the gutters, windowsills and beams. This mix of tints will give your home more depth and create a punch of flavour that’ll be noticed from the other side of the street.

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If your home has a garage door and a porch, give these both a refresh too. If you’re not prepared to completely change your colour scheme just yet, applying another coat of paint is an easy way to update your home’s look. “A new paint job, high pressure clean of the bricks or a new render can really boost the appearance of your home”, Taliangis states.

4. Stand Out with Bold Numbers and a Vibrant Door

Just as effective as a new paint job, simple additions like updating the house numbers or putting in a new funky letterbox can spark visual excitement. Bright, bold numbers will not only make your home easier to find for guests, but it will ensure your house stands out – especially if your neighbours have hard-to-read numbers.

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To really add a stab of uniqueness, take out your old door and replace it with a shiny new dose of personality. This is especially great if your home’s exterior is lacking character or very simple. Opt for a modern, sleek appeal or something detailed that makes your home the talk of the street. If you don’t have the budget to completely change the door, painting it in a vibrant colour can set the tone for the rest of your house too.

5. Create a Welcoming Entry

For a home to be just that – a home – it’s important it feels warm and inviting, and there’s no better way to do this than to create an entry that welcomes you and your guests. The entrance is one of the primary focal points of the house so you want to be eye drawing and flow perfectly. Above anything though, it’s this hospitable entry that’ll make you breathe a sigh of relief every time you walk through the front door.

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Ensure there is a well-lit path from the entrance gate or carport that leads to your door. Keep it maintained to make your guests feel comfortable when they arrive. Symmetry is essential in helping to craft the access and can be created with potted plants or larger flourishes to convey a well-balanced entry. Something as simple as a new welcome mat every 6-12 months can also add a touch of warmth to your entry, says Taliangis. “It’s amazing what a difference a new mat can make to that welcome feeling for your home, these little things count!

6. Hardscaping and Landscaping

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Possibly the most challenging fix to your home is the hardscaping. You want your home to have a polished and maintained look with walkways that echo the architecture and a driveway that looks revived. If your front space is lacking a little structure, you can change this by adding a few built-in concrete planters or a new stone path or feature that’ll give it some zing.

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Regular maintenance also goes a long way for kerb appeal so it’s crucial you take the time to fix things up when needed. Taliangis says to be aware of the questions you should be asking yourself, “Is the driveway cracked? Are the pavers uneven? Is there moss or weeds growing in the pavers? A newly laid cement driveway or even a high pressure clean can lift the look immensely. You always have to remember that your guests will park here and most likely walk up the driveway to your home”.

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Lush landscaping can brighten the mood of your home too and help set it apart from the rest of the street. Instead of just having a plain lawn, animate the space by planting blooms like perennials, spring-blooming shrubs and other unfussy, beautiful flowers. By planting a few new editions and keeping your existing area weed free and healthy, you’ll be adding instant style to your home.

Author Bio

This article is written by Jayde Ferguson who writes for Fencemakers, Western Australia’s complete range of fences and gates guaranteed to boost kerb appeal.

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