As a homeowner, you like to look upon your house with pride and joy. The front of your house plays a big part in this pride. You want the front of your home to stand out on the street. You should be proud to walk up the driveway and turn the key in your door. Not only that, but it’s proven that a good looking exterior will improve the value of your home. Estate agents tell us that it takes prospective buyers just eight seconds to decide if they like a house. First impressions make a big difference. So, without further ado, here’s how you spruce up the front of your home.

1. Keep your garden tidy

If you’re lucky enough to have a nice patch of green at the front of your house, keep it trim. It won’t take a lot of effort to mow the lawn and keep the weeds in check. There’s no need to go overboard with flowers and gardening accessories. A simple, well kept garden creates a sharp, defined look at the front. Remember to trim any hedges and deadhead any flowers you do have. Hanging baskets can be a lovely little feature too.

2. Paint your front door

The front door is the focal point of your home’s exterior. It is the first thing that your eye will fall upon. Make sure it has a strong presence. Any flaking paint or rusting features will affect the feel of the entire house. A quick coat of paint will keep it looking sharp and defined.

3. Consider the driveway

Most house exteriors have a driveway or at least a path running up to the house. Over time, heavy wear from car tyres and footsteps can degrade these aspects. Cracks can appear in the concrete and weeds will infiltrate the cracks. Smarten up your driveways by replacing cracked paving slabs or refitting the pathway entirely. Keep them clean with a high pressure hose and regular weeding.

4. Lighting

You may not have considered the lighting at the front of your home. But you’ll be surprised at the impact it can have. Lanterns can add a delicate touch and texture to the exterior of your house. You can even use two lanterns to frame your front door. It will give the house symmetry and focus the attention.

5. Repoint brickwork

The facade can often make or break the entire home. Fading or damaged brickwork can give a scruffy and old impression of your home. Repointing the brickwork will help it stay healthy and new for longer. You could also repaint or rerender if this is more appropriate for your property.

6. Don’t forget the windows

Finally, keep those windows shiny and clean! The sun’s light will bounce off them and give the whole house a brand new gleam. It’s all about the small touches that make a big difference.

Use these tips to spruce up the front of your home. Walk along your street with pride and increase the value in your property. It’s a win-win situation!