First impressions count, particularly when it comes to your home's façade. A dated garage door, peeling paintwork, an overgrown front lawn " these elements are instantly off-putting to anyone visiting your home, particularly potential buyers.
The good news is you don't have to spend a fortune to give your home a fresh, modern look.
As Dea and Darren Jolly, stars of The Block and ambassadors for B&D garage doors, illustrate with two recent property makeovers, a few considered exterior upgrades for under $5,000 can seriously boost your home's street appeal " and its value too.
With the garage door taking up a significant proportion of street frontage in most homes, Dea and Darren believe it's the perfect place to start any exterior makeover. 'The front of your home gives guests or potential buyers that all-important first impression, which makes it a crucial area of the home to allocate a budget for. Installing a new garage door is a cost-effective way to get a lot of bang for your buck," Dea says.
Real estate agents agree; 'When buyers are viewing a home for sale an updated garage will boost the value of the property," says Rose Koutoumas, Director of First National Real Estate Bentleigh. 'A front makeover and new garage door can add up to $20,000 to the selling price."
The first property Dea and Darren turned their hands to was a dated 90s brick home in McKinnon, Victoria that hadn't been renovated for nearly 30 years. They spent less than $3,000 installing a fashionable new B&D Roll-A-Door in durable Colorbond steel, repainted the home's trimwork from cream to grey and tidied up the garden.
Next, they focused their attentions on an 80's renovation with a plain, rendered finish. Here, they spent less than $5,000 installing a new B&D Panelift Icon garage door in on-trend Knotwood Wenge to tie in with the property's stained timber window frames and bush setting, and added in a few pots and planters.
The result? Two show-stopping new looks achieved with minimal effort and outlay. Real estate agents viewing the McKinnon makeover were extremely impressed.
'The property looks fresh, clean and inviting," said Koutoumas. 'It's amazing how a small transformation can add dollars to the value of a home."
Melissa Ryan, Principal of McGrath Estate Agents, concurred, adding; 'Dea and Darren have improved the -curb appeal' of this property by a thousand per cent." They have cleverly chosen the colour of the B&D garage door to be the hero, and then tied in aspects of the home and garden to produce a sleek and sophisticated façade."
B&D is Australia's leading garage door and opener brand, and first released the classic Roll-A-Door® in 1956. Today, the iconic garage door is available in two sleek door profiles in Colorbond® steel in 20 versatile shades inspired by the Australian landscape, as well as two new 60-year Anniversary Colour Collections – Timber Coat™ timber-effect finishes in four colours; and Luxe Design™ Metallic Collection, available in six chic, intergalactic-inspired metallic finishes.
With so many great options available, how should you go about choosing the perfect garage door?
'Match your roller door style with the style of your home, and then pick up on existing paint or timber colours used on the exterior trims, doors and roof to help select the colour," advise Dea and Darren.
To find out more on door styles and colours, all custom-measured and manufactured in Australia, call 136 263 or visit www.bnd.com.au