If you’re planning on selling your home, or you just want to improve your exterior, you will need to make changes that improve your curb appeal. Curb appeal is the attractiveness of a house and property as noticed by passersby on the street. What do you see when standing on the curb and looking at your house?
You can improve your home’s curb appeal with a small investment that will have large returns. Here are five ways to make your home look elegant, warm, and welcoming from the side of the road.
If you have a wooden deck, shutters, window trim or door frame, you can make your home look newer and well-maintained by touching up the paint. Even if you have a plain, colorless storm door, take this opportunity to add some color. A front door is the entryway to your home, and painting it improves the welcoming aura you hope to convey when selling.
Chipped paint and faded shutters look shoddy and unkempt. With only a few hours and a can of paint, you can refresh these elements for a better look overall.
Old, square spindles on a deck are dated and unappealing. Fortunately, you don’t have to upgrade your entire deck to make it look fresh and new again. Instead, just change the railings. Opt for transparent plexiglass or industrial cable railing to create a stunning, eye-catching decor element that will create a memorable first impression of your home.
If you’re painting the trim anyway, now would be a great time to treat your deck with a new stain that matches the upgraded railings.
Due to its size and visibility, your garage door has a huge impact on your home’s curb appeal. If it is old and damaged, consider replacing it entirely before putting your house on the market. If it just needs some refreshing, there are many ways to clean and upgrade it without spending astronomical amounts of money.
Give your garage door a good scrub and a couple of coats of paint. Then, add some different metal fixtures and elements to create a custom, high-quality design. You can get metal fixtures specifically for this purpose. You can even add faux, adhesive window decals.
Gardens add an instant pop of color that will attract butterflies, honey bees, and human visitors. Not only do gardens reduce the area that needs to be mowed, they also frame the house in an aesthetically pleasing way. Add in some stone edgers for an affordable upgrade that you and potential buyers will love.
If you don’t have the time or inclination to maintain a garden, fear not. There are tons of low maintenance flower options to get you started. For example, wildflowers are easy to plant and are meant to look untamed. Mint is a great filler plant that lets off a pleasing aroma that deters many neighborhood animals.
Nothing is more satisfying than watching a pressure washer peel off layers of grime from your siding, deck, and walkway. Not only does this project take a limited amount of time, you won’t have to spend a ton of money on upgrades. Sometimes a targeted pressure washer takes the years off your home, making it look sparkly and new.
Be careful of using the pressure washer on painted areas, as it does have the intensity to chip off old paint. You will also need to be careful of any water bans in the area or if you have a well, as these tools use a lot of water in a relatively short amount of time. If you don’t have a pressure washer, you can usually rent them at local equipment rental stores.
Improving your curb appeal doesn’t take much time or money, but has immediate, uplifting effects.
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