Its My Home : Its My Home 2018 May
IT’S MY HOME 21 STREET APPEAL CHERIE BARBER SHOWS US HOW T here’s just no getting around the emotive power of property, especially when it comes to the purchase of ‘a home’. Just like there’s chemistry at play in any relationship, that same X factor applies when people are shopping around for their own place to live in. And like a relationship, that emotive connection starts from the very first impressions – in the case of your property, the façade. That’s what makes street appeal so critical, and it starts with the basics. These same principles apply when renovating your own home on a limited budget, you want to look for easy wins that provide maximum impact. This recent renovation of a worker’s cottage in inner-city Balmain was updated in a day on a budget of $5,000. New paint scheme, new timber fretwork and federation-style balustrading to restore the lost period features. New plants, light and chrome stick-on house numerals. DECLUTTER AND CLEAN It sounds simple enough, but so many properties are let down by sheer neglect. Garbage bins on full display, cars parked on the front lawn, rubbish on the front porch, the broken gate, loose palings... you get the picture. The problem often stems from the fact you’ve simply become blind to all the shortcomings that jump out at strangers seeing your place for the first time. So stand back and take a really long, hard look at what needs clearing, tidying, cleaning and a quick repair. This alone may be all that’s required. on a budget schemes appeal. All the major paint company websites have handy tools that allow you to digitally experiment with colour palettes. NOW FOR THE LANDSCAPING Start with any mowing, weeding or trimming that needs doing. Then see if there’s any small improvements you can make. With some low-cost timber sleepers, plants from a wholesale nursery and wood chips you can create an appealing garden bed for under $400. 20 TAKE IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL For very little outlay, you can make a few key changes that will really ramp up those positive first impressions. Remember, it’s about the sum of the parts; all the little details that, together, add up to a great impact. Installing a modern letterbox, a nice big set of house numbers, a colourful front door, an urn for the front porch, some solar lighting for the front garden, maybe new paving stones. Target highly visible additions that project a sense of pride in your property. PAINT A WHOLE NEW PERSONALITY If it’s been decades between paint jobs or you just have a severely dated colour scheme, it might be time to invest in an exterior paint job. You may even get away with just painting the front façade or sides of the house visible from the street. It's fine to experiment with colour on your façade, but use no more than three colours to avoid it looking too busy, and make sure to choose colours that will appeal to the majority. Have a wander around your neighbourhood and see what colour before after $5,000 INCREASE STREET APPEAL WITH JUST ➤➤ Pictures:RenovatingforProfit,Shutterstock.
Its my home 2018