Enhance Your Home Outside and Make a Great First Impression
16 May 2019
They say first impressions count, don’t they – and you wouldn’t want those to be ruined by a tired looking home exterior. But what are the best ways to really make an impact, so your home’s saying everything outside you want people to hear?
Spruce up the entranceway
Let’s start with the cheapest option possible, and that’s to install some good looking plants, pots or even ornaments out front. Now that doesn’t have to mean anything too fussy or decorative; why not check out the contemporary options available? Think sculptural and sleek or creative and individual – whatever you like, you’ll find something to suit. Choose items that match your personality and outlook, just see what works best and speaks both to, and about, you.
It will give your house an instant uplift and form the impression that you care about both yourself and your property. And, best of all, it’ll bring a smile to your face when you get back from work – or brighten your morning as soon as you step outside of the door.
Reinvent your driveway or front yard
If you’re lucky enough to have more than just a space for a few planters outside, think again about all the possibilities that space could provide. At one time, having a mown lawn was almost a default setting for everyone, but it doesn’t have to be that – if it’s not your thing.
Consider, maybe, landscaping, adding pavers or even a herb or vegetable garden – they all look great as well as being practical. Or perhaps you want to add some more parking space at the front of your property – you’ll need to consider the most cost effective options And check if you need planning permission to do this – It depends on the materials you choose and on other considerations. Overall, just weigh up the pros and cons of alternate front yard reinventions – and decide what works best for you, practically and aesthetically.
Consider a new entry door
Maybe you think you don’t mind too much how your front door looks, as long as it works -but you hate all those drafts and it keeps out the light. Even if your current one is still functioning okay, it could be time to get a professional in to install something new. An improved entry door might seem like an insignificant upgrade, but it can have a massive impact on your home in more ways than one.
A professional entry door replacement is one of the quickest ways to improve the curb appeal of your home; it’s where you welcome visitors after all. And, if you’re thinking of selling your property, it’s a must do, particularly if it’s letting down the rest of the house.
While good functionality is obviously top priority, it’s important that your front door is attractive, in good condition and suits the rest of the property.
Installing a new entry door can make such a difference to your energy usage, which saves on those household bills and helps the environment. If you’ve got an older home, any original doors won’t have been designed with any of this in mind – and even newer homes might not meet today’s requirements. New doors are typically better insulated, which allows them to keep the heat in during the winter and out during the summer.
New front entry doors are also more secure than older models – the materials they’re made of are stronger and more resilient. And today’s technologies fortunately make a door harder for any unwanted visitors to make a forced entry through. When you combine that with updated bolt locking systems and wide angle peepholes, entry door replacement adds a great extra level of security.
In addition, today’s steel and fiberglass doors offer more durability with less maintenance – and they last longer which is great news, of course . Their reinforced cores resist warping, chipping and peeling, so you won’t need to paint them so often and they’ll retain their good looks for much longer. Some even come with faux wood grain finishes that are very realistic so if you prefer a more traditional appearance that’s really great news.
We think investing in your home’s exterior is well worth the effort; both for the first impression that makes and its overall health! However you decide to upgrade, it will be a great investment – and means you can enjoy where you live in both comfort and style.