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‘Curb appeal’ is a term often used by Real Estate agents when they are assessing or selling a property. So what is curb appeal? Curb appeal is the appeal and attractiveness your home has from the sidewalk (or curb). The overall look and feel of your property is what adds or detracts from curb appeal. Many home owners concentrate on the interior of their home when it comes to upkeep and renovations, however, the first impression is not what’s inside the house, but rather what surrounds the house – your yard. You can have the most magnificent interior design in your home but if you have a rickety front gate and overgrown garden, the first impression is not going to be a good one.
Your curb appeal is increased by how well maintained and welcoming your front yard is. Here are some tips to help give your curb appeal a mini makeover:
Have a proper entry: This may sound obvious but many homes for whatever reason may not be using the original front door. There may be a side entrance or even a side gate to access the home. If your entrance is not facing the front, you need to ensure that it is clear to those who visit your home on where the ‘front door’ actually is. This can be done by laying a pathway from the front to your entrance door, using outdoor lights to guide the way or just some creative landscaping with your plants and allowing the greenery to navigate visitors in the right direction.
Keep your garden and lawn tidy: There is no point spending money on a beautifully landscaped garden if it’s overgrown with weeds and long grass. Make a habit of maintaining your garden once a week then it wont turn into a huge job. This includes removing and replacing any dead plants. If you don’t have a green thumb, select plants that are somewhat self-sufficient and suitable to the climate you live in. A Queensland home owner would choose differently to a Victorian home owner.
Dress your front patio/entrance: This can be as simple as having a nice pot plant next to your front door. Your front entrance will be part of the first impression of your home and you as a home owner. Depending on the space, use the area to both welcome your visitors but also introduce them to some of your own creative flair. Use wall art, dress your front door or perhaps even have a comfortable looking outdoor setting to give your guests a warm welcome to your home. Don’t forget your doormat!
Garden feature: Have a feature or even a theme throughout your garden landscaping. These could include colour co-coordinating plants or flowers around the perimeter of your home or a garden bed next to your front door. There is also the option of having that one ‘hero piece’ such as a water feature or even fruit tree.
Fencing and front gate: This is it. This is where the magic starts and finishes. The fence around your property is setting the scene for your visitors and giving them a hint on what to expect once they are inside your property. A fence must compliment the look and feel of the house itself. With a large range of materials and styles to choose from, selecting the right fence for your home can get a little overwhelming. Start with deciding what you want to achieve with your fencing – are you wanting it for complete privacy, security for your family or purely a feature to your property – or all three! This is when you need to have a professional fencing contractor on hand to assist with all of these decisions.
There is no rule to say that you have to wait for your home to go under the hammer for you to add curb appeal to your property. Enjoy your family home and make it a place you look forward to coming home to.
The picket fence has withstood the test of time with it’s colonial appeal and ability to add an instant charm to a home. So where did the ‘picket fence’ originate from? Well the name itself ‘picket’ is believed to have originated in 1690 from the French word ‘piquet’ meaning ‘pointed sticks’. Initially used as weapon, the picket soon become a way to form a secure barrier and one which would be difficult to climb over.
It was the American’s that brought the ‘white picket fence’ into the limelight in the 1950′s as a term used to describe the ‘perfect’ all-American household but it is the simplistic yet charismatic design of the picket fence which has seen it last through the ages and being used in different forms around the world.
As charming as they are, picket fences don’t necessarily suit every house. A fence – especially a front one – needs to be seen as part of your house and one which compliments the design and structure of your house. Your landscaping also needs to be considered when installing a fence.
The team at Amazing Fencing can also assist with design options to work with your house, not against. If you would like to have a free and no obligation quote by one of our experienced installers, call today.
Brisbane is the third largest city in Australia and with it’s glorious Queensland weather, one of the more appealing capital cities in Australia to live. The temptation of having city suburban living only forty minutes away from the famous Gold Coast beaches is a big incentive to the thousands of interstate residents who make the move to the sunshine state each year.
With this move comes the expectation to live the perfect Queensland lifestyle and own the perfect Queensland home. When looking for your new Brisbane home or renovating your existing one, there is one thing that can not be overlooked and that’s the difference a well erected fence makes. As well as curb appeal to the home, the right fence can accentuate the existing landscaping and even assist in cooling your home down in the hot Queensland summers.
Slat and screen fencing is a modern take on the traditional timber fence and is extremely popular in South East Queensland. The appeal of slat fencing in the Brisbane and Gold Coast area is primarily the appearance but also the fact that while offering privacy it allows airflow. The measured gaps in between the timber slats are the perfect natural ventilation system for your yard and your home.
Slat and screen fencing is also ideal for smaller spaces as it offers the illusion of more space compared to a solid structure. This is perfect for Brisbane townhouses with limited yard space.
At Amazing Fencing we have experienced installers who can work with you in designing the perfect fence for your Brisbane home. If you are looking to improve the look of your new Brisbane home or add value to your existing one, contact us today.
Summer and the festive season are just around the corner and with summer comes BBQ’s, days around the pool and lots of backyard cricket. The last thing you want to be worried about is having to watch the kids in an unsecured backyard.
A well installed fence not only offers you that sense of security for your children and pets but also allows you the opportunity to relax and actually enjoy your home. The right fence can change the entire look and feel of your back (and front) yard and make you want to spend more time in your yard with your family and friends.
Amazing Fencing has a large range of options that can be tailored to suit your home and your landscaping including:
Our team of installers are experienced in both designing and erecting the right fence for your home to emphasis the space and any landscaping. Amazing Fencing have teams in Sydney, Melbourne and Queensland with limited installation availability before Christmas.
If you would like to speak to our head office about fencing options for your home and the opportunities available to not only add value to your home, but make you proud of your house and garden, contact us today for a free no obligation quote.
While there are many factors which can contribute to the value of your home, one of the most important is curb appeal. Curb appeal refers to the impression people get when they walk by your house from the street, or “the curb”. If your home looks neat and inviting, then it could be said that your curb appeal is high. In this article, we’ll look at 7 sure-fire ways to increase the curb appeal of your home, from a brand new paint job to hiring fencing contractors. Some of these methods are quick and easy while others may take more time, but all work together to achieve the look every homeowner desires.
1. Add a fresh coat of paint
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