1. Looking to step up your home’s curb appeal? You know what they say – first impressions matter whether you’re trying to sell your home or simply refresh the facade. Try these tips to step up your curb appeal!
2. Dress up your front door. Your door is literally the entry to your home, so make it welcoming. Clean handles (or replace worn ones) and polish fixtures. If you have a storm door, fix any torn screens. Add a shiny new door knocker or a swag or wreath as a decorative statement.
3. Add a touch of paint. It’s amazing how a simple coat of paint on your front door and garage doors can make a big difference (and don’t forget the trim!). Cracked, chipped paint can be an eyesore. And so can neon bright colors! Make sure you choose hues that complement the brick or stucco color of your home.
4. Get growing. A few pops of color in your garden can add some dazzle to the outside of your home. Add a small garden bed at the side of your house or along walkways. Choose window boxes, colorful hanging baskets, ready-made flower containers and some shrubs for greenery. A few well-placed urns on either side of your doorway or garage also add some extra “oomph”. Take care of garden beds by pruning, pulling weeds, getting rid of plants that didn’t make it through the season and adding mulch to restore color that’s been faded by harsh winter weather and sunlight. Also, trim any oversized branches from trees.
5. Keep it green. One of the first things a buyer notices about a home’s exterior is an unkempt lawn with long grass overflowing with weeds. A lawn that’s not maintained can detract from the look of your house. So make sure you mow your lawn, water it regularly and keep weeds in check. If your lawn is too far gone, you might want to call in a professional to help restore it.
6. Spruce up your porch. If you have a porch, dress it up with pots of flowers of varying heights to add dimension. Add some chairs or rockers. This screams comfort and “welcome”!
7. Add a little bling. New hardware adds to the aesthetic and style of your home, so replace worn or outdated house numbers, address plaques, wall-mounted mailboxes, and light fixtures. Make sure that colors and finishes match to ensure a cohesive look.
8. Light the way. Replace worn bulbs and install landscape lighting to illuminate your walkway and front porch. Lights with wiring are usually more expensive, so choose solar fixtures as an alternative if you’re on a budget. Not only will this add curb appeal, it also helps provide safety for your guests and security to help keep burglars at bay.
9. Tidy up. Always make sure your lawn, walkway and driveway are litter-free and clear of debris. Consider power washing these areas and make sure your sidewalk is clear and swept. Clean windows inside and out to make them sparkle. Make sure curtains and shutters are clean and not frayed or bent as this can be seen from the outside.
10. Tend to repairs. Replace worn or cracked stones in walkways. Clear debris from gutters and fix cracks in bricks, caulking and the home’s foundation. Check potential trouble areas including the roof, windows and skylights. This will not only freshen up your home’s street view, it will help nip potential problems like water intrusion in the bud, and help you avoid expensive fixes in the future.
Add colorful accents. While you don’t want to mix too many vibrant colors to detract from the overall look of your home, you might want to consider adding one or two colorful accents like a bright mailbox, flower pot or chair.
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