Why Curb Appeal is a Big Deal
Curb appeal is all about creating that first impression of your home. It tells visitors what kind of people you are and creates a welcoming environment. If you’re trying to sell your house, curb appeal is essential to creating a positive impression. There are lots of ways—big and small—to improve your home’s curb appeal.
Enhance the Front Door
The front door is the focal point of the front of your house. Make sure it’s appealing. It might just need a coat of paint, but it also might need to be replaced. If it looks dated, you might want to replace it with something more up-to-date or something that fits your home’s architecture. Replacing the front door has one of the highest returns on investment for any home improvement project since it’s easy and relatively inexpensive, but it has a big impact. Don’t forget to address the elements around the front door as well. The right trim can make a front door pop.
Focus on the Walkway
Your front walkway is the visitor’s path into your home and can make it feel warmer and more inviting. If parts are cracked or broken — or weeds are growing through — you should repair or replace it. Consider alternatives to straight concrete paths. A brick or stone path with some curves adds visual interest, or you can edge an existing walkway with brick or stone.
Homes without landscaping can look bare and forbidding. The right landscaping can soften the straight edges of your house and make it more inviting. Don’t limit yourself to landscaping near the house either; you can add a bed of flowers or plantings anywhere in the yard. Be sure to take a critical look at your existing landscaping as well. Maybe you need to replace some overgrown bushes or do some basic weeding and pruning. You might want to sharpen up the borders of your planting beds or add concrete borders. You can also consider adding some decorative elements such as a sculpture, birdbath, or fountain.
Install a Portico
If your doorway is flush with the front of the house, it may give a bland, one-dimensional appearance from the street. Similarly, if you have a recessed doorway, the entrance can feel hidden in shadows. Adding a portico will give depth and character to the front of your home but be sure to choose a portico style that harmonizes with your home’s architecture. An added benefit of a portico is that it can keep you—and your visitors—dry as you enter the house.
Give Your House a Facelift
This can be as simple as a new coat of paint, or it could include new trim, different finishes on the home’s exterior, new siding, fresh shingles, and adding shutters. While you’re at it, think about whether you want to replace your exterior light fixtures. Maybe it’s time that your lamppost and entrance lights look more up-to-date. Consider adding a splash of color with a bold new shade for your front door, a bed of colorful new flowers, or some eye-catching porch furniture.
Do Your Maintenance
You don’t want visitors’ first impressions to be that you neglect your house. Putting off maintenance can reduce your home’s value. Here are some things to look for:
- Peeling paint
- Cracks in the driveway
- Sagging, detached gutters
- Cracked windows
- Unkempt landscaping
- Crooked or broken shutters
- Bare or brown patches in the lawn
Don’t Forget These Details:
- Lighting: For the sake of security and to beautify the house at night make sure you have lighting in the right places.
- Stone choice: The stone in your walkways, planters, etc. should harmonize with any stone on the façade on your house.
- House numbers: Make sure your house numbers are visible from the street and that the style harmonizes with your home’s design.
- Mailbox: You can elevate your home’s look at a relatively low cost with a fancy die-cast or painted mailbox.
- Clean the House: Washing the windows, siding, porch, garage doors, and walkway can make your house look newer and more appealing.
Trying to add some curb appeal to your home? Schedule a complimentary consultation with us today! Our designers can go over ideas, big and small, to transform the look of your home’s exterior.