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How to Improve Kerb Appeal: A Beginner’s Guide

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First impressions matter, and when it comes to your home or property, its exterior can say a lot before one even steps inside. Kerb appeal—the attractiveness of a property when viewed from the street—can play a critical role in boosting the value of your property and providing you with pride and satisfaction.

Whether you’re considering selling your home, impressing the neighbours, or simply wanting to enhance its exterior aesthetic, this beginner’s guide will walk you through straightforward ways to elevate your property’s first impression.

Applying a Fresh Coat of Paint

When choosing paint colours, consider the architecture of your home, the surrounding landscape, and the prevalent styles within your neighbourhood. Opt for colours that complement your home’s features and stand up well in your region’s climate.

Updating the Front Door

If your budget allows, consider replacing your door with one that better reflects your personal style or the character of your home. Otherwise, enhancing your current door with a fresh coat of paint or a new finish can be just as impactful.

Consider adding a kick plate, a new doormat, or a seasonal wreath to provide character and warmth to your entrance.

Landscaping Improvements

Take a critical look at your existing landscaping. Remove any dead or dying plants and prune overgrown shrubbery. Incorporate native plants that thrive in your local climate, requiring less maintenance. Seasonal flowers can add colour, while evergreen shrubs maintain year-round interest.

Regular lawn maintenance, such as mowing, edging, and weeding, improves kerb appeal. A lush, green lawn is universally appealing and sets the stage for the rest of the property.

Add Outdoor Lighting

Evaluate a mix of pathway lights, accent lighting, and overhead lighting to increase visibility and add drama to your property at night.

Good outdoor lighting enhances safety for visitors and residents and creates an inviting glow that adds to the nighttime kerb appeal.

Replacing Old Hardware

Swapping outdated or worn hardware is a simple upgrade that makes a substantial difference. Ensure that whatever you choose fits within the same style and era of the home for continuity.

New, clean, and easily readable house numbers and mailboxes add to the polish of your property. They’re also practical updates that improve functionality.


Improving kerb appeal can be a fulfilling project that does not have to overwhelm beginners. By following these five steps—applying a fresh coat of paint, updating the front door, making landscaping improvements, adding outdoor lighting, and replacing old hardware—you can considerably boost your property’s allure and value.

Remember that small details can have a big impact, turning your home into the jewel of the neighbourhood.

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