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Six easy ways to update your house’s exterior

MAKE AN IMPRESSION: Some simple tricks can transform the look of your home.

It doesn’t cost much to improve the appeal – and ultimately value – of your property. Sometimes it’s the little things that make the biggest difference.

Follow this simple guide to improve the kerb appeal of your property.

CLEAN

A professional house clean is an ideal way to kick-start your makeover. “Mould, mildew, spider webs and traffic grime build up quickly, and if you need to repaint, a clean surface to paint adds longevity.

Use a high-pressure hose on sandstone to get rid of grime, and reseal your paving after cleaning for long-lasting results. Clean windows and paving also make a huge difference.

Paint

Paint not only makes a home look beautiful, it also protects it. When paint cracks and peels, it won’t be long before the timber begins to rot. Paint is the first defence, and less expensive than replacing rotting wood.

“When choosing colours, look for timeless shades and keep your neighbours in mind. The streetscape is important to everyone. A home that stands out usually does so for the wrong reasons, and a ‘look at me’ colour scheme can devalue your home.”

Classic white and grey in all its guises remain popular choices. Colour trends for exteriors cycle very slowly, so most combinations are considered for longevity.

Front door

A revamped entry makes for a smart update. A lick of paint is an inexpensive fix. Consider dark blues, charcoal or matt black, and invest in bold new hardware to complement it. It may not look dramatic from the street, but it’s those smaller details that are the most satisfying.

House numbers

Updating the numbers on your home is an easy way to add wow factor. Add contemporary numbers to an old home, coloured lettering on a monochromatic colour scheme, or a traditional font that matches the style of the home.

Opt for bold and graphic, go for a matte silver or black for strong effect and choose a font that is simple – scrolls and glyphs can be difficult to decipher!

Consider where to display, be it your front door, gate or letterbox. Check there’s a good range of vision from the street, if attached to the house, adjust font size accordingly and contrast the numbers on the wall behind.

Lighting

Effective exterior lighting should be more than just practical; it should showcase key features of the house and garden. The front door should also be well-lit. Wall sconces look especially effective placed on each side of a door

Lead guests up the garden path using inexpensive, energy-efficient solar lights. For a festive feel, add fairy or festoon lighting in the trees and above your entertainment area.

Landscaping

Keep your garden smart, casual and green, rather than stitched-up and perfect. Don’t be afraid to repeat plant – it keeps it simple and unifies the garden.

Consider all areas, and how they can best be utilised. Green walls, fire pits and enjoying nature are key messages at the moment, Add a bench seat in the garden and abundant pots and garden beds to provide accent and a personal touch.

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