Trying to sell your home? Then you need to make the strongest possible first impression. You need to make sure the home just pops, the second a potential buyer lays eyes on it. In other words, you need to think about curb appeal. And for that matter, curb appeal is important even for those who are not trying to sell. Curb appeal helps you take more pride in your home. It helps your home to stand out as one of the most beautiful in the neighborhood—or at the very least to hold its own! What’s more, a home with strong curb appeal is almost always a home that’s been well maintained, lovingly cared for, and fully invested in. It speaks to the overall health and quality of the property. But how can you improve your home’s curb appeal? The options are really limitless, and they encompass everything from the lawn and garden to the shutters, entry door, and siding. A few particular options include:
- Start with your front door, which is the focal point of your home’s curb appeal. There is no single element of your home that draws attention, or sets the tone, quite like the entry door does. Giving it a new coat of paint might help, or you might simply choose to replace the entry door altogether!
- Bring a sense of symmetry and balance to the front of your home. Place a couple of matching light fixtures, chairs, and/or bushes on either side of the front door.
- Outdoor lighting can really add something to your property. Some low-wattage outdoor lights, perhaps along your entry path, can really help your home shine (literally). You might even look into some solar-powered ones, to save on energy expenses!
- Speaking of the walkway leading up to your home, why not decorate it with something really classy—like maybe an arbor, or a couple of fence panels?
- Flowers and foliage will always go a long way. A nice, small garden or flower bed in the front of your home can add color and flair, and if you can’t quite pull that off, you might make your own garden on the front porch, using some gardening barrels or crates from a local lawn and garden store. Another option is to install window boxes!
- Does your mailbox add to or detract from your home’s appeal? A good mailbox will not only reflect your personality, but it will also enhance the overall look of your home. Invest in a new mailbox that matches or compliment the color and trim of the house itself.
- Weather-resistant artwork is also a great way to bring some character to your home. A bird bath, a fountain, a statue—any little piece of treasure could add a powerful accent to the property!
- Of course, your shutters play a big part in your home’s curb appeal. Do yours need to be cleaned? Do they just need to be replaced? Working on the shutters may impact the look of your home more than you’d think.
- Finally, if you want to make the biggest possible difference in your home’s curb appeal, invest in some new siding. This will be more of an investment, and you won’t be able to do it yourself—yet it will ultimately enhance your property value considerably.
The bottom line for homeowners: Investing in the appearance of your house is really investing in the home itself; it will make you proud to live there, and it will make the place easier to sell, when the time comes!