You may have heard of curb appeal from realtors or home remodeling shows, but you might not know exactly how to achieve that. Your home’s curb appeal is the impression that others view your home from the street. Looking to sell your house? Improve its curb appeal to make your house more appealing to potential buyers. But, even if you aren’t selling, improving your home’s exterior can make you feel great about it and motivate you to keep up with maintenance in the future.
Updating your home’s curb appeal doesn’t need to mean a big renovation. There are plenty of small changes you can make to freshen up the look of your home’s exterior that you can do in just a few hours. Get inspired by these simple ways to boost your home’s curb appeal.
Refresh the Greenery
Plants and flowers are a great way to make the most of your porch, patio, or entryway. Add greenery to your home by planting a variety of flowers, trees, and shrubs. The touch of green and life will help make your home look more inviting and help it stand out from the neighbors. Try placing two or three different plants together in an interesting planter by your front door to draw attention.
Experts recommend pressure washing your home at least 1-2 times a year. It’s important to be careful when pressure washing to prevent damage to your siding or paint! Remove the dirt, grime, and mildew build-up on your home’s exterior using a pressure washer. High-pressure cleaning removes stubborn dirt and grime from the walkway, driveway, patio, and deck. They can also help clean stains on your home’s siding and prep the home for a new coat of paint. You will be surprised at how quickly a pressure washer cleans up your home’s exterior.
Upgrade your walkway without breaking the bank. Utilizing different colors, patterns, and materials can create a unique and elegant look to make your home stand out. For a fresh, customized look, you can try using flagstone that lay out like a puzzle. Traditional walkways can be created using brick or paver. Or, design your own walkway by using different materials to create your own style.
Update Your Entrance
Add instant curb appeal to your home by giving your front door a makeover with fresh paint and new hardware. A colorful front door is a welcoming first impression and easily draws the eye away from any less attractive features. Whether you have your door painted professionally or do it yourself, go for bold, no-fade colors—the perfect way to add style and flair to your home.
The front door hardware of your home is exposed to the elements, so it’s not surprising that over time it becomes worn out. When the weather-stripping tears or gets too dirty, or when the lock is hard to open, it’s time to replace the hardware.
Highlight the Details
Curb appeal helps buyers see themselves living in your home and ultimately choose it over others. Look for details that stand out, like the architecture of your home, and ensure they look well maintained. Small updates, like a fresh coat of paint and cutting back overgrown plants will go a long way.
Lighting shouldn’t just illuminate your home—it should enhance it. Adding lights to your home can instantly improve the aesthetic and brighten up your entire yard. They make your home look cozier and feel safer with their warm light. Enhance your landscape by adding path lighting to your front walkway, and post lights to the front of your home.
Taking Care of Your Driveway
One of the first things visitors and neighbors notice is your driveway. Not only can you see the cracks in your driveway, but you can feel them every time you pull your car in the driveway. Consider fixing the cracks with an inexpensive asphalt repair kit, then power wash and seal the surface. Not only will it look and feel better, but it can protect your driveway from further damage as the seasons change.
The main takeaway here is to remember that, since curb appeal is one of the first things buyers notice about a home, it’s important to spend a little extra time and effort on the smaller details. All it takes is some creativity and a willingness to get your hands dirty. There are plenty of easy ways to add value to your house, from the front door all the way down the driveway.
If you’re wondering where you’re going to store the tools and extra supplies needed to perfect your home’s exterior, Prime Storage offers month-to-month leases and a variety of unit sizes that can fit your needs. Find a Prime Storage facility near you!