Simple Ways to Improve Your Home's Curb Appeal
Whether you want to prep your home for selling or want to have the most beautiful house on the block, there are several ways to improve your home's curb appeal. A first impression is important, and making small changes, and in-expensive upgrades to the exterior of your home can make a lasting one.
Improve your yard
One of the biggest tasks to tackle when it comes to curb appeal is the state of your yard. Landscaping will likely be the most significant job, and it will require some elbow grease.
Adding flowers and greenery is a great way to spruce up your landscaping. You always remember the homes with the most beautiful foliage when you pass by. There are many strategies you can employ to make your garden look its best. Buy plants that you know you can maintain, that look great, and create a fantastic place to retreat. Whether you plant a garden or just add flowery accents like a planter or window box, beautiful plants can make a big impact.
Maintaining or improving your grass will have a big impact on your curb appeal as well. Just as flowers and lush plants will be remembered by passersby, yellow grass and dead patches will be too. Following lawn care best practices is key for a healthy, green lawn.
Give it a good clean
Power washing the exterior of your home, cleaning your gutters, and ensuring everything looks in tip-top shape is the easiest way to improve your home's appeal. Many big-box retailers like Home Depot or Lowes rent out power washers.
Did you know a once over with a power washer on wood fences will take a thin layer of wood off, leaving it looking brand new? Another way to make your home appeal to passersby.
A fresh coat of paint
Once your exterior is clean, if you want to take it a step further, give it a fresh coat of paint! You can opt for the same color, or you can switch it up and choose a different color. Either way, if you’re prepping you home to sell, it’s a good idea to stick with a more neutral tone that will appeal to more people.
You can also add color accents to the exterior of your home, which makes a significant impact to its appeal. These days, a good number of homeowners choose to paint their front door a bright color, which is a great DIY project that will help make your home memorable. From a resale point of view, it’s also easier for those who buy your home to repaint the front door vs. the entire home, making your home with its eye-catching door stand out over those that need a full color revamp. Whether you choose the quintessential red front door, or opt for pink, purple, or blue, many people appreciate a bold front door.
Repair any damage
Damage on your home significantly diminishes your home's curb appeal and if you’re selling, can lessen its appeal to buyers who don’t want to pay for the repairs. If you have the tools and the skills, you can choose to fix damage to your lawn, siding, patios, or whatever it may be. You may want to consider hiring a professional to take care of these jobs if they’re challenging or substantial. This may save you money in the long run, in case you have to pay for it twice.
Decor and details
Adding simple decor items show care and appreciation for your home. Upgrading your house numbers, redoing your mailbox, adding lighting to your pathways, adding a wreath to the front door, upgrading the front door's hardware, and choosing an awesome outdoor furniture set can bring your home from a typical house on the block to the envy of all your neighbors.
Boosting your curb appeal doesn't have to be challenging or expensive. Often, the small changes are the most impactful. Taking pride in the way your home looks is not only rewarding for the love you feel for your home, but it can help raise your property value. So, once you're done with the outside, you can tackle the inside. Read how to approach choosing an interior design style for your home here.
About the author: Kurtis Forster is a real estate agent for Team Forster in London, Ontario, Canada. He brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise about buying and selling real estate.