Here’s five simple ways you can improve your street appeal.
Fix the fence
Start with the most prominent feature – the fence. If it has seen better days, a lick of paint will make it look like new. As with all painting jobs, remove any loose paint, sand it back and give it a wash down with some sugar soap before applying the top coats. Use an exterior acrylic as it’ll handle the elements and won’t require an undercoat, saving time.
Metal fences can be repainted as long as you sand lightly and apply an etch primer before applying your top coats.
Update the letterbox
To fit in with your new-look fence, why not complete the mini makeover with a new letterbox? They’ve come a long way since the standard metal box with hinged lid (although they’re still around, too!). There are a variety of styles available, such as stone-like freestanding pillars, those that are designed to fit in a hole cut into your fence and post mounted versions in a whole range of designs. A couple of matching house numbers adds a finishing touch.
Give it a wash
Brighten up your driveway and front path by giving them both a blast with a pressure washer. They’re pretty dominating features and brightening them up with a clean will be a big improvement. While you’re at it, give the walls, eaves and gutters of your house a wash as well. You’ll be surprised at the colour that’s hiding underneath a layer of built-up dirt.
Pave the path
Consider redoing your front path (or creating a new one) with pavers. If you’ve never paved before, a path is a good project to get some practice – big enough to learn the techniques but not so large to be overwhelming. Choose a paver that suits the width of your path so you don’t have to cut too many of them.
Prune and plant
Tidy up your front garden by pruning any trees and shrubs that are out of control. They’ll look neater and tidier, plus the pruning will help promote new growth, adding a bit more life to the garden. For a splash of colour, pop in some affordable flowering plants in the garden. Don’t forget to give them a good start by improving the soil with organic compost first. Finish off with a layer of mulch over your garden beds. It looks neater, but also helps keep down the weeds, so your hard work will look better for longer.