MAINTAINING A HOME
5 budget-friendly ideas to boost your home’s kerbside appeal
31 August 2020
First impressions count. From shiny apples to polished cars, we’re attracted to the things that catch our eye. Your home is no exception. The way your house looks from the outside is important, not only from a sales point-of-view, but also for the satisfaction its beauty can bring.
With a few simple improvements, you can make a big difference to the value of your home and your enjoyment of it. And the best part? They don’t cost as much as you might think.
The great architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed some of the world’s most iconic homes and buildings, from the Fallingwater house to New York’s Guggenheim Museum. He designed every detail to harmonise with nature - including the buildings’ mailboxes.
Give your garden a manicure
Just as a good haircut completes an outfit, a well-manicured garden enhances a home. Even doing something as simple as mowing an unkempt lawn, adding some outdoor seating or planting some bright flowers will make a dramatic difference to your home’s outward appearance.
Freshen up your exterior
If the garden is the frame, then the exterior walls of your house are the painting – and if they look dirty, cracked or faded, then it’s not a pretty picture.
A fresh coat of paint or new cladding can work wonders for your home’s presentation. Opt for safe neutrals in grey and white to boost your resale value. Or if you want to stand out, add a pop of colour to the door and trims to create a modern feel.
Revitalise your driveway
Your driveway cops a lot of wear and tear: car tyres, kids’ bikes, delivery trucks and oil stains all leave their mark. Eventually this leaves your driveway looking unsightly, and since it’s always on display, it can reflect badly on your property.
Let there be light
Home improvements start with the outside
Even if your home has a beautiful backyard and a spotless interior, if it looks shabby from the kerbside then it still deteriorates the overall appeal.
Just as people judge books by their cover, many also critique a home by its frontage, so if you’re thinking of selling make sure you invest some time and effort into sprucing up your home’s exterior. And if you’re staying put, a few home improvement touches will enable to you to enjoy coming home to a house that looks as beautiful on the outside as it does on the inside.
Stay covered, inside and out
Suncorp Home Insurance doesn’t just cover the house itself — it also includes permanent fixtures, like fences, porches and pathways. Make sure you have the right policy for you, and that your sum insured is enough to cover everything you might need to repair or replace after an incident, inside and out.
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