Adding curb appeal to your house not only makes it easier to sell (if you’re looking to sell) but also gives it a fresh and clean look that will be the envy of your neighbors. Most people think that you need to shell out plenty of cash to refresh or boost the appearance of your home’s facade. The truth is, there are plenty of home improvement ideas that don’t break the bank.
Here are some easy and practical ways to heighten your home’s curb appeal:
1. Dress up your garden.
Mow and edge that lawn. Tend to those beds. Add some flowering plants like annuals or perennials. Put up a picket or aluminum fence. Trim those trees and bushes.
A well-maintained garden is a good indicator that a house is well taken care of. It does not only increase your home’s value and marketability, but it also has a lot of health and environmental benefits.
2. Add glam to your doorway.
A simple paint job to your door does not cost much and does wonders in improving your home’s facade. If your house has a nice neutral color scheme, painting your front door with a bold or solid color like red or yellow will surely catch the attention your home deserves.
Top it off with a nice decorative wreath and a new set of house numbers. For an extra pop, place a couple of plants by the entrance.
3. Use outdoor furniture wisely.
A porch with very little furniture looks empty while one loaded with stuff is just too cluttered. Find the middle ground between the two to have a good balance on your furniture arrangement. You would want to get as much as you can while still keeping it neat and orderly.
4. Work on those repairs.
Take time to go around your house and see if there’s anything that needs immediate fixing. Even the tiniest of flaws stand out amidst a beautiful exterior. Work on those busted lights, paint chips, and torn screens.
5. Clean up your driveway.
An unsightly garbage or recycling container on your driveway diminishes your home’s curb appeal no matter how clean everything else is. Hide those containers on the side of your house (perhaps behind a bush or a fence). Reseal or patch those cracks in your driveway.
6. Give your mailbox a makeover.
Replace your outdated roadside mailbox with a more stylish one. If you want to keep your old mailbox, do the necessary repairs and give it a new paint job for a fresh look. You may even take out your roadside mailbox and install a front door mailbox instead.
7. Clean up the exterior.
Wash away years of dirt, debris, and grime from your walls, driveway, porch, walkway, and sidings. Turn your hose nozzle to its strongest setting and let those areas get a blast of nice clean water.
8. Install new lighting fixtures.
Replacing your existing lighting fixtures instantly gives your home’s exterior an updated aesthetic appeal. If you do not want to spend much, you can just update your existing fixtures by repainting them.
You may also line up your walkway with outdoor lighting. These add accent lighting to your lawn and offer safety and security by providing a well-lit footpath.
First impressions last. A house with an excellent curb appeal gives onlookers a sight to behold. Updating your property’s exterior is an intentional thing. If you put time and effort into it, the results will amaze even you.