You only get one chance to make a first impression. Your home is the same way. There are many easy and inexpensive ways to boost your home’s curb appeal. Upping your home’s curb appeal can not only make or break your sale (if you’re selling), but it also can give your house a nice, attractive look that you can be proud of. Here are six simple updates that will enhance your curb appeal and will increase the value of your home.
Brighten Your Entry
For a quick and effective fix, paint your front door. Look at the style of your home and choose a color accordingly. Whether you choose a bright color or go with a neutral color, painting your front door is an easy and inexpensive way to give your home a new and refreshing look.
Stage Your Porch
Additional gathering space is a huge plus to buyers and owners alike. Add a pair of rocking chairs or a porch swing to add character to the space. Or try layering a couple outdoor rugs in front of the door for a homey feel. If your house doesn’t have a porch, hire a professional, like Jordan Construction, to build one that doesn’t look like an afterthought.
Manage the Landscaping
Tending to your gardens, trimming your trees, and mowing your lawn takes time, diligence, and dedication. Beautiful landscaping is where curb appeal starts. It doesn’t need to be expensive; it just needs to be well planned out and cohesive. Choose a style or theme and stick with it. Features like a charming stone path leading around to the backyard and a picket fence with climbing vines and roses will certainly impress. Adding potted plants to your entry is the perfect way to add color and texture and is a great way to say, “Welcome!” A well kept lawn and a weed-free flower bed will let your home shine and will get noticed for all the right reasons. If you’re short on yard space, don’t stress. Add some window boxes and fill them with flowers and greenery to make a big statement in a small space.
Light It Up
By installing outdoor lighting your home becomes more safe, interesting and dramatic. Sconces or lanterns will give your house dimension and personality. If there are already lights out there, swap them out for a newer look that fits the updated style of your home.
Update the Hardware
Give your home an instant facelift by adding new house numbers, replacing your old, rusty mailbox, and swapping out the old door knocker for a new one. For a sophisticated and cohesive look, choose the same style and finish.
Keep it Clean
Because of the elements, it is likely your house is covered in dust, dirt, and cobwebs. With some elbow grease and a hose or pressure washer, you can get your home looking good in no time. Get rid of the dirty siding and decking, the oil-stained concrete in your driveway, and the spiderwebs on the railing. Add a cherry on top by washing the insides and outsides of your front windows.