Our guide covers easy tips to suit all budgets
Whether you’re selling your home or you just want to make your property look as good as it can, boosting your street appeal will draw attention to your home for all the right reasons.
If you’re trying to sell your home, or you just want to make all of your neighbours jealous, you might want to think about adding some street appeal.
It’s all about catching a buyer’s attention from the first moment they look at your home, creating a fantastic first impression and helping to convince them that this is the one they’ve been looking for. Luckily, adding street appeal is easy to do, with options available for all budgets. All you need is a free weekend!
If you’re on a budget …
Clean up and remove clutter
Free and easy to do yourself, cleaning up is one of the most effective ways to make your home look better. Make sure you remove any clutter as you go. Don’t forget to clear out the gutters and make those windows shine.
Dirt and grime builds up over time without us even knowing just how bad it gets. That is until you get your hands on a powerwasher and blast away years of soot. Make your home look new again by powerwashing the front step, walkway, driveway, roof, and even the house itself.
Maintenance and repairs
If you’re been putting off home repairs, there’s no better time to tackle your to-dos than now. Buyers aren’t going to care about your home if it looks like you don’t either. Bust out the tool kit and get to work, paying close attention to torn screens, blown light bulbs, chipped paint and broken fence boards.
Mow your lawn and trim your hedges
Another freebie that makes a big impact — mowing your lawn and clearing up your gardens is a great way to make your home feel fresh and new. Trim your hedges, clear out any weeds and make sure you get out the whipper snipper for extra clean edges on that grass.
Replace your house numbers
If your house numbers are looking a little worse for wear, you might want to consider updating them with a sleek, modern font. It’s also worth putting them in a prominent position to integrate them into your overall look.
Paint your door
It’s important to highlight the entrance to your home, and a bold colour on your door is a great way to do this. Don’t be afraid to get creative here, but remember to take your time and do it right. You want your new flashy door to attract maximum attention for all the right reasons.
Buy a new door handle
Speaking of your door, you can further jazz things up by polishing or replacing your hardware. A new, interesting door knob can add a bit of creative whimsy, or add a neat-looking door knocker to tie your theme together. Prospective buyers will definitely appreciate the attention to detail.
Add some front door decor
Did we mention that the door is an important focal point? Further boost the portal to your home by adding a bit of charm in the way of a wreath. No just for Christmas, a season-appropriate variation adds a welcoming, homey feel. Speaking of ‘welcoming’, throw down a new doormat to complete the look.
Another great way to add life to your home is to literally add life with flowers and plants. You can plant a tree, or create some plant pots to frame your newly painted door. Just remember to go for symmetry when adding new elements. It’s pleasing to the eye.
If you’re looking to spend a little …
Add some window shutters
Window shutters are a great way to add dimension to your home. Paint them in a contrasting colour to really make your home stand out. Alternatively, use contrasting materials such as timber and metal. Depending on how much you want to spend here, you can even get crafty and do it yourself.
Add planters or window boxes
Another great way to add dimension while breathing new life to the exterior of your home, window boxes overflowing with colourful flowers are a perfect way to up the ante. This is another project that can be DIY if you feel like saving a few bucks. Alternatively, hardware stores generally offer prefabricated options that suit most budgets.
Buy a new custom door
If you feel that painting your door simply won’t do, buy a new custom door instead. From traditional timber to ultra modern glass, options are available to you that will allow you to really create a bespoke theme that will set your home apart.
Replace or add outdoor lighting
Bringing light to your entry is a great way to add warmth. A fixture or two framing your door and garage is a must. If you have garden beds or a pathway leading to your porch, lighting along these will look nice as well.
For those who already have outdoor lighting, you may want to think about updating. Outdated fixtures can really drag the look of your home down. Opt for modern statement pieces that fit with the theme you’re going for.
Think about a new letterbox
It’s probably the last thing on your list, but don’t forget to give your letterbox a little love. You can opt for an updated version if you want to spend a little. Alternatively, a quick clean up will have it looking spiffy in no time.
Add outdoor artwork or outdoor seating
A great way to brighten up the front of your house is to add outdoor seating or artwork. Bring in outdoor seating to make your home look extra cozy. You can even consider a porch swing. Well-placed outdoor artwork is another option. Think along the lines of a carefully selected bird bath or wrought-iron bench. Just make sure you don’t overdo it.
Re-mulch your garden beds
If your garden beds are looking a little tired, brighten them up with some new mulch. Bark or rocks are a great way to add low maintenance colour to your gardens. It also helps keep weeds at bay, so you can focus your time on other areas in need of attention.
If money is no object …
Paint your house or update your siding
Nothing makes your home look new again quite like a fresh coat of paint. If you’re going to invest the money in getting your house repainted, or your siding updated, you may want to take the opportunity to update your colour scheme. Of course, you can’t go wrong with traditional whites, greys and browns, but choosing a greenish hue or bolder dark blue can make your home look more modern.
Add a pathway
Highlighting the entrance to your home is key when adding street appeal, and there’s no better way to do this than by adding a direct path to your front door. Get creative when creating your pathway, with stones and plants, for added charm and whimsy. A little lighting along the path is a great finishing touch (see above).
Landscape your front yard
While we’re talking about looking at the landscaping, it’s worth investing a bit of money to redo your gardens. There are easy ways to create low maintenance gardens that look great with minimal upkeep. You can also add new garden spaces, with colourful blooms to really make your exteriors pop.
Build a porch
Porches create a cozy welcoming vestibule to any home, harkening back to traditional homesteads while invoking visions of lazy summer evenings overlooking the surrounding neighbourhood. It also adds more livable outdoor space to your home, which is always a big plus with prospective buyers.
Replace your fence
Old chain link or broken fencing is a no-no when you’re trying to add street appeal to your home. Repair or replace your fence to instantly update your exteriors.
Repair the driveway
Like a rundown fence, driveways in disrepair are a major turn off when you’re trying to sell your house. If your drive is cracked or broken, with weeds coming up between slabs, it’s time to repave. Opt for something that will look nice and last a long time.
Get a new garage door
If your garage door is sagging with chipped paint, it’s definitely not doing you any favours. Replace it with a newer option for an instant street appeal boost. If you feel like your door is fine, but in need of a little refresh, a fresh coat of paint or architectural elements such as faux hinges can do the trick.