In 2014, household spending on DIY here in the UK reached £5.5 billion, which goes to show that we certainly take great pride in our homes. Yet how much of that is actually spent on the exterior of our properties? Most of us will readily admit that we tend to place a greater value on ensuring the inside of our home looks fabulous, whilst forgetting that the outside can be of equal importance.

Your garden and house exterior create that all-important first impression to passers-by and visitors alike, yet how many of us fail to nurture the outside of our houses, especially through those long, dark, winter months? It can be relatively simple and inexpensive to make the best of your house and garden, but at the same time, so easy to let this lapse when summer fades and the cold weather creeps mercilessly in. So, now that spring has arrived, how do you ensure that your property’s exterior turns heads this summer for all the right reasons?

Keeping a nice, tidy garden can really enhance a property’s appeal. An attractive outside space will create a positive visual impression of your home, so it’s definitely something that is worth investing a little time and money in.

Your garden fencing is just one element to consider. It is effectively the outside wall of your home that not only defines your garden area and provides a boundary between you and the neighbouring houses, but it also offers privacy and security. Yet a fence also has the surprising ability to either heighten or harm your home’s external appeal. Unkempt fencing really does give the impression of an unkempt property, so bear this in mind when allocating your DIY budget this spring.

It might be that you already have perfectly good fence panels that are in great condition and fully functional. However, this doesn’t mean to say that they can’t be taken care of and improved upon, and a brilliant way to smarten up your garden fences would be to add a burst of colour. Edging away from the traditional greens and browns might seem a little daunting, but with products such as Cuprinol, protecting and prettifying your panels has never been so easy.

Cuprinol Garden Shades is a range of paint that has been specifically developed to provide long-lasting colour and protection to all types of garden wood. Whether used on fences, sheds or benches, this paint contains special pigments that produce a rich colour whilst also allowing the natural texture of the woodgrain to shine through, giving your wood a truly authentic finish. With many different shades to choose from, there is bound to be a shade that compliments the style of your home. Furthermore, you can relax and enjoy peace of mind that whilst looking good, your fencing is protected from all of the element exposure that a British spring can bring. With the Garden Shades range, you won’t have to compromise on style or durability; your fences really can have it all!

So, when it comes to how your property is perceived, don’t fall into the trap of underestimating the power of a well-groomed garden and fetching fence! You can breathe brightness back into your borders with a little paint. Revive those tired fences and give them the opportunity to showcase to the world that your sense of creativity and style is just as visible on the outside as it is within the four walls you call home.