5 budget-friendly hacks to boost street appeal

A budget-friendly makeover can bring the wow factor back to your home, making it more inviting for family and friends to step inside.

Here’s what to work on for maximum impact without breaking your bank balance.

Lick of paint

A fresh lick of paint, or switching to a different colour scheme, can transform the look of your home. Start by thoroughly cleaning surfaces and fixing obvious defects such as rotting window frames, then get to work adding personality and pizzazz with a burst of colour.

Clean windows to make them sparkle and you’re on the way to creating street appeal.

Love your garden

Spruce up the garden by mowing the lawn; set the mower at a reasonably high level so the blades don’t leave patches of exposed soil, then give the lawn a good dose of fertiliser.

Weed and mulch garden beds, replacing any struggling or dead plants, and prune back overgrown trees and bushes. Fix broken fence palings, and spruce up outdoor pathways with fresh gravel.

Front door facelift

Give your front door an instant facelift by painting it in a bright colour or, budget-permitting, replace the door altogether – consider vintage doors from recycle centres, or choose a contemporary style for a modern home.

Add clusters of planter pots arranged symmetrically either side of the doorway, and fill with flowering blooms in hues that complement the facade. Put out a fresh welcome mat or consider adding window boxes to give your home an extra burst of colour and charm.

Mailbox makeover

Mailboxes aren’t just functional, they can also add to (or subtract from) your home’s street appeal. So, make your letterbox a statement piece that complements the character of your home.

Take the curb appeal up a notch by planting a flower garden around the base of the mailbox.

Dress your driveway

Driveways can become cracked and stained over time, attracting weeds and making the overall appearance of your home a bit “meh”.

Hire a high-pressure cleaner for a day to give the driveway a high-pressure scrub. Add a border decoration of flower beds or line the driveway with a perfumed bloomer such as murraya.

Concrete driveways can enjoy a lasting pick-me-up with colour stenciling – it’s a job best left to the professionals so shop around on price.

The big pay-off

Giving your home curb appeal doesn’t just make the place more inviting, it can also add to your property’s value – something to think about for tomorrow even if you’re not planning on selling up today.

One in three people say they wouldn’t even consider a property with an untidy garden, and buyers can knock as much as 25 per cent off their offer if a home has poor street appeal.

At today’s prices, that could mean your wallet-wise makeover adds thousands of dollars to your home’s value.

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