Winter is well and truly here and if you’re anything like us, you’re dying to upgrade your homes with the latest trends. Whether it’s a grand renovation or some minor new additions, we’ve got the top five winter home trends you need to know about this season.
Making a great first impression is absolutely vital when it comes to buying or selling a house. The front façade of a home is what attracts and captivates you, whether you’re a potential buyer or you’re looking at your brand new home for the very first time.
Often, street appeal is something that’s overlooked, both by the builders of your home and yourself, as new home owners. It’s the last piece of the puzzle in what was surely a long and daunting process. Think of the façade of your property as the front cover of a book – it should draw you in and excite you every time you look at it.
Improving the street appeal of your property provides value ten-fold. It not only shows care and respect, but also increases the value of your home significantly. So, once the builders have packed up the tools and you’ve officially moved into your dream home, don’t neglect the front façade of your home – there’s plenty of things you can do to increase the curbside appeal of your property, without spending a ton of money.
There’s something about a well-maintained lawn that elevates your property to another level. You can tell a lot about the state of a home (and by association, the owners) just by looking at how well they look after their lawn. No-one likes dead, overgrown or brown grass; it will drag the look of your home down, no matter what else you do to improve it.
For green grass that will make all your neighbours envious, you firstly need to fertilise. Apply a slow release lawn builder in early summer as your lawn will dry out very quickly in the hot Australian heat. Then, get water-wise with a smart sprinkler system that reaches every spot in your garden. Finally, make sure to maintain your healthy grass by mowing and whipper-snipping either early in the morning or late in the afternoon.
A great lighting design is so important when it comes to adding street appeal to your home. As well as the traditional lighting that might exist near your front door or over the verandah, you should also invest in some solar lighting for your garden or pathway. It will help to create ambience and give character to your home. The best part? Solar lights are energy efficient, low maintenance, relatively cost-effective and easy to install, too.
Other garden edging ideas include pavers, timber sleepers, hedges and decorative pots. So, if solar lighting isn’t quite your thing, why not try one of these options instead?