Are you looking to sell your home? Or are you just wanting to create a warm and inviting exterior for your house? Either way, there are many cost-friendly, fun and attractive ways to increase your home’s curb appeal. Here are some tricks to know.
The main thing to remember when working on the exterior of your home is this: keep it simple. Don’t go out of your way to build intricate and involved facades, and don’t spend huge amounts of money. Your best bet is to stick to one aesthetic that works for you and your family, as well as your space. Combining too many ideas will cause the exterior of your home to look and feel messy and disorganized.
To help keep your plans simple, ask yourself what you want the exterior of your home to look like. What styles do you like? Bright, brilliant colors? Country chic? Larger, leafy greenery? Modern? By answering these questions, it will be easier to create a plan and figure out what areas to focus on.
Have Fun with Doors
Neutral colors have been the common trend for quite some time. It’s almost as if homeowners want to blend in and become invisible. But now, homeowners are letting their personalities burst through with bright and bold statement doors. If your home’s paint color is a neutral tone, play up the contrast by painting your door a rich red or vivid teal. Statement doors are a great – and simple – way to catch the eye of a prospective buyer or just a random passerby.
Other ways to play up your front door is by adorning it with cute, simple wreath or an elegant wooden letter (A for Adams or G for Griffin).
A nice welcome mat at the entrance of your home can also add a cheerful and inviting presence to your home.
Keep it Clean
A home with a messy exterior makes its attraction level plummet from curb appealing to curb disgust. To keep the curb appeal of your home high, you have to keep it clean – especially if you want to draw in potential buyers. The exterior upkeep of a home greatly impacts how potential buyers feel about a place. When clean and kept, buyers can imagine themselves there, and in turn, are more apt to truly consider purchasing.
To make your home’s exterior clean, try power washing the walkways and patio spaces to make these areas more inviting. Also keep outdoor tools, bins and furniture to a minimum. Windows should be cleaned to give your home a squeaky clean presence.
Light it Up
Inadequate lighting casts a dark, even creepy tone upon a house. This is why exterior lighting is a must. A house that is well lit exudes a warm and inviting vibe. It also adds an element of safety and security – a must for potential home buyers and new residents.
Try low-voltage lighting near parts of your garden and lawn that you want to show off. Make sure to illuminate pathways and staircases. You can also use solar lights for low-rise lighting fixtures and add charming touches by hanging small lanterns from trellises and trees.
Tend a Garden
Flowers, flowers and more flowers. For the cherry-on-the-top in curb appeal, flowers are a must. In a garden, in clean and freshly-painted window boxes, in pretty pots strategically placed on each side of your front door… there is no wrong way to enhance the exterior of your home with flowers. Adding these beautiful pops of color to your yard and the outside of your home is an excellent way to create a friendly, approachable feel to your house.
If you opt for certain types of flowers (hydrangea bushes, azaleas, camellias) they will come back every year without any work from you, which is a nice bonus.
Boosting your curb appeal can seem difficult at first, but there are plenty of ways to do it. Just remember to have fun and incorporate color and light, and you’ll create a space you and your family – and potential buyers and passerbys – will love.