5 Quick Tips to Increase Your House Value


You only truly get once chance to make a good first impression. They say to not judge a book by its cover but do we judge a house by its exterior appearance?

Whether you’re staying put or looking to attract potential buyers, the fastest way to increase the value of your home is to improve its kerb appeal. First impressions can make or break a deal with potential buyers deciding in 8 seconds whether they are interested in your home.

Get your home looking shipshape by making the front of your house look as inviting as possible. According to new research by Dulux Weathershield, one in three people will consider to pay up to 25% more for a place with a well-maintained garden, clean windows and a freshly painted front door.

There are lots of relatively simple ways to ensure your property gives an excellent first impression to passers-by, while also boosting its value. One way is by installing a door by folding doors uk, to add a touch of elegance to your home Follow these tips and instantly boost the kerb appeal of your home.

1) Freshen Up the Front Door

TV Presenter and architect George Clarke, best known for his inspirational work on the Channel 4 programmes The Restoration Man and Amazing Spaces, believes your front door is a real statement about you. George states:

“With your front door, you have more freedom to express yourself, perhaps picking a colour you wouldn’t normally choose for your interior. Changing the front door is a quick win, but a real game changer in terms of how people perceive you and your home.”

Whether we realise it or not, the colours we choose to surround ourselves with – in clothes, cars and in our homes say a lot about us.

George Clarke, the ambassador for composite doors brand Truedor, explains:

“If you’re feeling adventurous, go for strong, bright colours, but choose a shade that complements your own personal style and the rest of your house. If you’re not feeling brave, black’s always a safe bet, or opt for darker shades of blue, plum and green, which will still make a design statement.

“Your front door is the face of your home – it’s the first thing people see, so don’t follow the crowd, design your own look and really go to town.”

2) Create Unity and Simplicity 

Pay particular attention to the approach to the entrance of your home. The design principles of symmetry and simplicity often go together. Consider the positions of your plants, potted flowers or outdoor lights and create clean lines and symmetry each side of the walkway leading to your front door. Ensure to keep garden décor simple and in equal numbers; hanging baskets look great in pairs. Having a sense of balance and unity to the front of your home creates welcoming appeal.

3) Keep the Front of Your Home Spotless

A front of a person’s house that appears messy, dirty, unloved may make potential buyers feel that the house is not looked after and therefore may lose willingness or confidence to purchase. We unconsciously form an opinion about other people in the first 3 minutes that we see them. Therefore good kerb appeal is crucial to the first impressions of your home. Keep your pathway swept by removing any mud, leaves or growing weeds and keep your front lawn neat. Your doormat should be clean and smart. The front door, any windows, open porches should be spotless with no sight of dust, dirt or webs. If possible consider moving the household waste and recycling bins away from the front of your home to avoid drawing attention here.

4) Add Touches of Colour and Florals


The addition of colour to the appearance of the exterior of your home can have a dramatic impact. Not only can it highlight any unique features but invite attention in the right way. Tones such as red show passion, orange creates warmth and blue gives a sense of serenity and peace. It’s easy to add colour and personality to the outside of your home by creating wonderful floral displays. Choose flowers, pots, planters that complement the colour and style of your front door. Place elegant hanging baskets and window boxes to draw the eye and add some extra splashes of colour. Whilst you may focus more on beautifying your indoors, the exterior of your property is just as important.

5) Stand Out with Thoughtful Details

We often focus on the detail; picking out what we like and dislike therefore those thoughtful details can go a long way. Ensure the exterior of your house where there is faded areas or peeling paint is touched up with a good lick of paint. Invest in quality door furniture that is keeping with the style and age of your property. Letterboxes, doorknobs and knockers should complement the front door and ideally match in style with each other. Lighting can make a bold difference, consider placing either side of the front door or a lantern in an open porch. Even the small detail of numbering or naming on your home should be clean and sit perfectly on the door or the gate to your home.

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