Whether you are buying your own home for the first time, renovating your home or just looking to stage a house for prospective buyers, one of the first things you take notice of with any house is the exterior. First impressions count and nothing is more important than the thoughts and feeling you get when you see something new. This is true for buyers, renters and sellers alike.
There are so many ways you can make your home more appealing from the outside, after all, that is the first thing people will see when they come to visit or even just walk past in the street.
It goes without saying that if you are spending time and money making the interiors look good, you want to carry your style to the outside areas of your home to complete the look from the inside and out.
But this kind of work isn’t to be undertaken lightly. Before making any kind of home improvements, it requires planning and a well thought out strategy whether all the work is to be done at once or completed in stages. Planning ahead and knowing what you want in advance will better help you put your own stamp on your property that suits who you are as well being able to accentuate your homes existing character and style too.
Choose your style.
Making sure you know what style you would like your home to have is key to making everything flow and fit together seamlessly inside and out. Do some research into different styles available and make sure you are happy to have this carried out throughout your home. Too many different styles may clash and end up having the opposite effect when finished.
If you are a fan of clean cut lines and minimalism, see how this works in all areas of your home you wish to carry this theme too. Do your kitchen appliances fit this look or do you need to replace them to make sure you get the overall look you are going for? Do you have a traditional cottage that would look out of place with modern fittings on the outside?
Doing this beforehand will eliminate any extra costs associated with renovating your home should you change your mind or not be happy with the final look after everything is finished.
Dressing your windows.
Just like your eyes are the windows to your soul, the windows in your home are as prominent features are your eyes. And how you keep them can be a focal point inside and out. You want your windows to be light and open maximising the room and accentuating the exterior of your home.
There are so many ways you can enhance your windows to make the most of them. Whether you need to keep the original features and glass or are replacing them with modern windows, you are able to make them fit seamlessly into your home and decor style.
From curtains and blinds to adding custom window shutters, you are spoilt for choice in how to do this. Choosing a window shutters company to install window shutters on the inside or even outside of your home can drastically add character and style to the exterior of your property. This is the same as how decorating your windows from the inside has the ability to fully complete a room and pull the whole look together.
Maintaining exterior space when renovating your home.
As we mentioned earlier, the outside of your home is where people make their first impressions of not only your home but you as well. Making sure you choose a look that you are able to upkeep. If you are lucky enough to have garden space in the front and back, keeping this well maintained is a must. If you are green fingered this is the best way to show off your talents by having your garden overflowing with beautiful flowers and/or a little vegetable patch.
For those wanting a more fuss-free outside space, keeping it clean and tidy is definitely an option by employing a gardener to keep on top of it or changing the whole look for a low maintenance garden that is easy to look after.
You also need to keep in mind the exterior walls of your property. This will help make sure your house looks good on the outside and inside too.
Whether you keep it as it is and have the brick wall showing or decide to add to the exterior, this is another part of your home to keep in a top condition not only to improve the look of your home but also making sure it doesn’t detract anything from your home. For example, if you decide to add window shutters, making sure the outside of your property matches the style can enhance the effect of the shutters as well as improving home value overall by creating a sophisticated look and style from the outside in.
After all making a good first impression starts outside the property, doesn’t it!
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