First impressions do matter, more so in real estate: that’s where your curb appeal comes in. Buyers may be less likely to check out the rest of your home if the outside is unattractive or rundown or the porch decor is lacking. Even if your interiors are stunning and to die for, a home that lacks curb appeal will feel unwelcoming to guests and potential homebuyers. The good news is that you can spruce up your curb appeal (and it doesn’t have to cost you a fortune)! Keep reading to learn ways you can improve your home’s curb appeal.
- First impressions matter; your curb appeal is typically the first impression of your home.
- You can enhance your curb appeal, so potential homebuyers are attracted to view what’s inside.
- It doesn’t have to cost a fortune to boost your curb appeal, but doing so can add to your home’s value.
- Going green, replacing old hardware, lighting, updating your door, and taking care of your gutters are examples of how you can spruce up your curb appeal to a little extra pizazz to your home’s exterior.
Adding some fresh greenery and flowers is one of the most impactful ways to improve your curb appeal. It doesn’t have to take up your time or money; you can get that lovely effect by adding some window boxes and planters. You can use plants to accentuate and frame key visual points, such as entryways and windows, and if you don’t have room for a standing planter, you can hook up a hanging one. Even just one lovely plant arrangement can significantly add to your home’s exterior appearance.
Replace Old Hardware
The entry door lockset, house numbers, wall-mounted mailbox, and overhead light fixtures are all components that can add interest and style to your home’s exterior curb appeal. If they’re dingy and out-of-date, your house may not convey the aesthetic you think it is. So, to update your home, consider replacing old hardware. Keep in mind that these elements add the most interest when they work collectively instead of mix-and-match pieces. Also, oiled-bronze finishes are suitable for traditional homes, while brushed nickel suits more contemporary homes.
Make Your Door Pop
Your home’s front door is the focal point of its curb appeal. So, improve your curb appeal by cleaning off dirty spots around the knob and using metal polish on the door fixtures. You can also make a statement by giving your front door a fresh coat of paint. Painting your front door will add brightness and revive the look of your entry. You may pick a bold color that stands out, but ensure it coordinates with your house’s other colors. Also, properly prepare the surfaces before painting so you can get excellent results that’ll last for years to come. Alternatively, you can consider installing a new door. Keep in mind that your entry should reflect your home’s interior, so choose a flag, swag, or wreath that reflects your personal style.
Let There be Light
Nothing is welcoming about a dark entryway. If you have a hanging pendant or sconce by your front door, clean off all debris and cobwebs around them, instantly making your curb appeal appear cleaner and brighter. You should also consider replacing it with something more fun and fresh. Low-voltage landscape lighting can significantly impact your home’s curb appeal while providing security and safety. So, add accent lighting to the house or trees or illuminate the walking paths. Moreover, if you need some additional light sources, you can hang some porch string lights or use solar-powered lanterns to light up your entryway.
Take Care of the Gutters and Downspouts
You’ll be in awe at what a little elbow grease can do when it comes to gutters and downspouts. So, clean your gutters, both inside and out, clearing out all debris and scrubbing them until they look good as new (or as close to new as you can get them looking). But if your home has an older gutter system with rusty spots, peeling paint, droopy gutters, and other issues, chances are it’s suffering from poor maintenance, which can convey a sense of neglect. So, replace old gutters and downspouts with a new gutter system.
If you’re running on a tight budget, consider installing vinyl gutter systems (these are known to become brittle and crack over time in cold weather). You can consider copper systems, which convey a quality look and boost your curb appeal. For best results, it’s recommended that you hire a professional for gutter installation.
While it’s easy to focus on the landscaping or softscape of your house, don’t forget about the hardscape spaces, such as the walkways and driveways. Mold, grime, and algae that you probably don’t notice could be covering these hardscape areas. So, consider cleaning them off. You can rent or borrow a pressure washer, which can quickly remove dirt and grime from sidings, walkways, driveways, patios, and decks, so they look as good as new.
Add New House Numbers
Nothing dims the light on a home search faster than a potential buyer not being able to find your property. If your home has faded numbers or if the house numbers are out of style, it’s time to buy some new ones to spruce up your curb appeal. To catch potential homebuyers’ eye, look for modern house numbers made from brass, aluminum, or steel. It’s also recommended that this finish should match the finish on your home’s exterior light fixtures.
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A few quick and inexpensive updates to your home’s exterior can go a long way in adding to your home’s value and making the selling process easier and faster. For more information about ways to spruce up your curb appeal, contact our real estate experts today!