We’re quite happy where we live, but the team at Real-Places, and Real Cornwall magazine, are keen property watchers. We’ve been reading and writing a lot about spring cleaning this month, but do we need to think about the appearance of our homes from the outside?
Is kerb appeal really that important if you’re not selling your house?
If you think about the way your home looks to everyone who passes it by, then yes, we think it’s important to present your best side.
But while winters in the West Country can be mild, they can be wet and prolonged periods of rain can cause significant wear to exterior masonry and woodwork.
A sharp frost and some fresh spring sunlight is not always the best invitation to step inside. First impressions can make or break a deal, and nothing is more unwelcoming than tired or peeling paint and a bleak front garden.
So, whether you’re thinking of selling, or if you just want a warmer welcome after a day away, here is the Real-Places quick guide to giving your home some kerb appeal.
Dirty windows prevent light from shining into your home and give an impression of neglect to anyone approaching your home. Clean and paint any peeling sash windows and, should you be replacing old or rotten windows, make sure they are in keeping with the style of the house.
Front of house
Brushed aluminium for a more contemporary feel or heavy brass for a traditional look. Choose door furniture that is in keeping with your property and, if you don’t need new, give it a good polish.
This quick fix will take less than a half hour and the results will be seen for weeks, if not months.
Even the smallest outdoor space at the front of a home benefits from some greenery. Plant box shrubs in planters, a climber around the door or even some seasonal bedding plants in a window box. These simple ideas will transform the outside space and you, and your visitors, will instantly feel more welcomed.
Our favourite trick for an outside upgrade is to paint the front door! Fashionsa re changing and there is a huge amount of choice for exterior paint so we are no longer limited to black, red or racing green!
Heritage colours work especially well in rural spaces as the blend with nature is seamless. And if you are in a terrace, look to the colour choices of your neighbours. Coordinating door colours is a simple, yet incredibly effective, way to boost the kerb appeal of the whole row.
For advice on planting, speak to the knowledgeable folk at Chacewater Garden Centre
And for outside lights and other ideas, we like to visit Illustrated Living in Truro’s Lemon Street Market for inspiration