It’s no secret that first impressions matter, and that even applies to your home! That’s why curb appeal is so important. What will people think when they see your home’s exterior for the first time, whether they are driving by or viewing photos online? Things like peeling paint, a worn-out roof, or a dying lawn may not make the most desirable initial impression. Here are six things you can do to easily (and affordably) improve your home’s curb appeal:
1. Welcome them in: The front door is often the focal point of the home, so it’s important that it looks presentable. If installing a new door is a little out of your budget, try painting your existing one an eye-catching accent color and while you’re at it, polish or even replace any dingy fixtures. A tasteful wreath or welcome mat can also help dress up the entry without costing an arm and a leg.
2. Count on house numbers: Your house numbers may seem like a fairly minor detail, but they are not only functional yet fashionable. They will be noticed by anyone that views your home’s exterior, especially if they’re rusty, dirty, or outdated. Replacing them can have quite an impact on the front of your home. Consider the color scheme and style of your home to find a complementary design.
3. Light it up: Landscape lighting not only looks great, but offers the added perks of safety and security. Use fixtures to illuminate the path up to your front door, or accentuate trees, bushes, or outdoor art pieces in your front yard. Solar fixtures are an easy option when looking to avoid working with wires.
4. Get artsy: There are countless options when it comes to outdoor art, making the only limit your imagination! Look for weather resistant pieces that complement the colors and style of your home’s exterior. Hang wind chimes (bamboo or metal) from your porch, place a sculpture near your walkway, or add a birdbath or small fountain to your yard.
5. Under pressure: A quick pressure-washing can make a world of different to your porch, siding, or driveway. It’s the quickest way to remove years of dirt, moss, oil, and other eyesores that have accumulated. If you don’t own a pressure washer (or aren’t able to borrow one), check with your local home improvement store to rent one for an afternoon.
6. Love your yard: A well-kept yard is easy on the eyes, and it doesn’t have to take a ton of effort. Mow regularly, fill any bare spots with grass seed or sod, and try to keep the weeds to a minimum by either laying mulch or installing filter fabric. Plant low-maintenance shrubs to dress your yard up, and be sure to keep the leaves raked during the autumn months. Add touches of color with seasonal flowers or flowering bushes.
What have you done to improve your home’s curb appeal? Let us know in the comments!