Most of us know the importance of a beautiful, functional back garden. It can increase the value of your home and even provide a wonderful entertaining space. It’s the best area in your property for relaxing and enjoying a warm summer’s day. And it’s somewhere to have fun with the kids all year round. You may not use the front garden in the same way, but it is crucial to keep this area well maintained too.
Kerb appeal can make a huge difference to the value of your home. And if all the houses in your neighbourhood look good, it can make the whole postcode more desirable and expensive. Over the winter, lots of shrubs have become overgrown and difficult to manage. You may have more of a swamp than a lawn thanks to the rain. And the driveway could be covered in mess from your car.
Now is the perfect time to think about redesigning the front area of your home. Start with the building itself. Are the windows and window sills clean? If ivy has taken hold on the brickwork, now could be the time to remove it. Some ivy will get into the pointing and cause it to crumble. If your home is rendered, it might be a good idea to repaint it a bright, fresh colour. Or perhaps you could add shutters to the windows to really open up the eyes of the house?
The driveway should be attractive as well as functional. Most buyers look for off-road parking for at least two vehicles. If you are considering having the paving of your approach and driveway replaced, consider the best shape for parking two or more vehicles. A curved shape bordered by lawn or shrubs can be a very pretty way to presenting your home.
Planting at the front of your home should be kept tidy. If you like a lawn but struggle to maintain it, consider a good quality artificial lawn. There is no mud, insects or mowing to worry about. You could also place all your planting in pots so they can be moved as the sun moves during the year. It also means you can refresh the containers without having to dig into your garden.
Perimeter fencing or railing can make a property look very attractive. It’s not cheap to install, though. It can be best to buy pre-dipped railings so you won’t need to paint them for a long time. Bow loop tops are very popular right now. These are often made of steel although some people sell them made from iron too. Often the posts are concreted in, so you may lose a few inches from your boundary by installing a perimeter rail or fence.
Hanging baskets and colourful flowers can make a home seem bright, friendly and welcoming. Some people choose to use shale or pebbles for their paths or driveway. These are no longer popular choices for homeowners. Instead, a beautifully paved approach that matches the driveway could be ideal. Add some paving lights and border planting to maximise your kerb appeal.