The first part of your property that visitors or neighbours will see is the front. This can often become neglected and detract from the overall look of the property, but with a little bit of care you could make it a prime feature of your home. Whether you want to sell or just improve the look of your exterior, here are some top tips for enhancing the front of the property. Some of these will require professional help, but other areas you can tackle yourself and won't require a large budget.
If you're in an area that struggles with parking spaces and you don't already have an off-road parking space, you could make your own by converting part or the entire front garden. You need to think carefully about whether this is the best option for your property, as it's not an easy decision to reverse. A project like this may require planning permission or you might need to use specific materials. Once completed, this will create a low maintenance front to the property.
Add some colour to your home
Brightening up the front garden with a few pots or hanging baskets can instantly transform your home and make it more of an inviting entrance. These can also be used to define the entrance way or attract attention to certain features. You don't have to be green-fingered to take this approach and many suppliers can provide you with ready packaged pots or tubs that simply need putting in position.
Wooden doors or windows that have deteriorated can look unsightly and may lead to issues with damp if water is allowed to penetrate into the property. It doesn't take a huge amount of work to bring these sections up to standard. Before you start work you should sand down the area and remove any bits of chipped paint. Then repair any damaged parts with wood filler and paint using a specific exterior wood product.
New door furniture
This is a relatively quick and inexpensive way of giving your home a new look. If your door furniture is old, of low quality or needs repairing, it can reduce the impact of the front of your home. You can instantly change this by adding in new features. For example, choosing chrome fixtures gives a more modern look and you can complete the change with a matching door number.
Painting your front door
Peeling paint or an old style shade is also not a good look for the main entrance of your home. If possible you can change the colour of your front door, which will brighten it up and give it a whole new image. Choose a shade that matches the style of your property. You can either go for something timeless, such as darker shades, or opt for one of the pastel tones that are becoming popular, like a duck egg blue or grey.