First impressions count. Whether you’re looking to sell your property or just want a home you can be proud of, simple transformations to the outside of your home can make your house stand out in the market, and on the street.
With kerb appeal accounting for up to 10 per cent of a home’s value, in a fluctuating housing market, giving your façade a face lift can help attract potential buyers and get a better return on your biggest investment.
“Driveways are often the first thing people see, but the last you’d think to renovate,” says Cherie Barber, White Knight DIY and renovation expert.
“Transforming this area is as easy as any paint project and much more affordable than resurfacing, giving an uplift in value for a minor investment.
“Some additional finishing touches like plants, mailboxes and house numbers, can also help spruce your home up instantly.”
Here’s Cherie Barber’s tips on how to give concrete a new lease of life with White Knight Ultra Pave.
“Preparing the surface correctly will ensure long-lasting results, so a crucial first step is to high pressure washer clean your surface, then allow to dry for 24 hours before painting,” says Cherie.
Ultra Pave Concrete Etcher roughens the surface and helps paint bond to the concrete.
Before you start painting, prime your driveway by giving your surface another good sweep and make sure you have all the equipment you need – a paint brush, paint pots, roller tray and an extension roller. Cherie suggests using a roller with a 10mm nap to achieve a professional finish, easily.
“I chose Ultra Pave Quick Dry, it’s touch dry in just 30 minutes and can take a second coat in just a couple of hours,” says Cherie.
“Choose a colour that will complement your exteriors,” says Cherie. “I like to use dual grey tones, with the darker shade on the paths and drive.” Paint all the edges first with a paint brush, and any joins in the concrete, then paint the remaining area using a roller with an extension pole. Wait two hours before applying your second coat.
“A few finishing touches and a makeover of your drive, you can make a real difference to your home’s façade,” says Cherie.
Independent real estate expert Bernadette Summers agrees. “First impressions are hugely important, not just for buyers but also for agents who look at the exterior as the first step in their evaluation of a property. Before a potential buyer comes to view your home, there’s a chance they’ve already driven past and made a judgement call. Having kerb appeal can make all the difference.”