Does your home have curb appeal?


Photo of the front of a house with deck

How important are first impressions? When it comes to real estate, good first impressions are as critical as they are in every other aspect of life.

A home is typically one of the biggest investments you will make during your lifetime, and while you might not want to spend your weekends up a ladder clearing the gutters or power washing your driveway, it’s the little things that make a big difference when it comes to the curb appeal of a property.

Most homeowners focus their efforts on the interior of the home when it comes to maintenance, remodelling and cleanliness. It is not surprising that the home exterior gets overlooked when most people spend their time inside a property. However, when you are considering putting your property on the market, or up for rent, interested parties will form a first impression about how well the property has been cared for over the years when they inspect the exterior upon arrival.

Regularly maintaining the exterior of your house, including the roof, garden, and gutters, is crucial in the protection of the entire home, inside and out.

We have compiled a list of several ways to make the exterior of your home sparkle for a memorable first impression.

Wash away the dirt for a squeaky-clean exterior

Give your house a bath. A garden hose with the relevant attachment may be adequate for the job. Power washers are a great tool and typically they come with many attachments, however you can cause damage to the building materials with a high-pressure power washer.

To get started, spot clean the problem areas, but be cautious about the greenery as too many chemicals may harm the foliage. A plastic sheet can be used to cover the ground in the area you are cleaning to minimise the risk.

There are many companies that offer professional home washing if you don’t want to do it yourself, or you simply don’t have the time.

Include any decked areas, patios, or lawn furniture in your home washing routine for a spotless exterior.

Inspect the roof and gutters annually

Clogged gutters or a leaking roof can cause a multitude of problems for any homeowner, and most of the time when the problem becomes evident the damage has already been done.

An annual inspection carried out by a professional or yourself if you know what to look out for, will prevent water damage to the home and potentially costly repairs. Technology has made this task easier with many companies using drones to do a thorough inspection of the roof and gutters.

Check for obvious signs of damage

Wall cladding damage often happens from the inside out, beginning beneath the surface of the home’s exterior. If not addressed early, consequences such as mould, rot or mildew can follow.

Prevent stains on the driveway

A simple waterproof sealer on your driveway has a range of benefits including reducing the chance of staining, easier cleaning and an enhanced appearance.

Most driveways in New Zealand are made of concrete, which is by nature, a porous material. A sealer will protect your new or existing driveway and extend its lifespan.  

Prune the blooms

A simple walk around the garden deadheading and pruning blooms throughout the seasons will keep the garden in great shape.

The best time to prune is after flowering. If the plant needs to be renovated, or severely reduced, this can be done late winter and early spring just before growth begins.

Maintaining the exterior of your home may not be a top priority but it could have a significant impact on the way potential buyers or tenants feel about the property. Some general maintenance throughout the year, will keep your home clean, appealing and reduce the chance of costly repairs.

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