The curb appeal of your home is so important. It’s the first thing people see. If you want your home to be inviting, it’s needs to look good inside and out. If you want to sell you home, curb appeal can make or break a sale. Some buyers won’t even get out of the car if the outside of the home is a turn off. If you’re looking for a summer project, why not consider improving your home’s curb appeal. This is a project that’s not only enjoyable, but also adds to the value of your home. Let’s look at some ways to improve the curb appeal of your home this summer.
What is curb appeal?
Curb appeal is the look of the outside of your home. Merriam-Webster defines it as, “the visual attractiveness of a house as seen from the street.”
Why is curb appeal important?
Who doesn’t want their home to be attractive? When you come home, don’t you want to feel welcome? Don’t you want guests to feel welcome? If you’re trying to resell your home, curb appeal is essential. If your home has horrible curb appeal, people won’t even make it in the door to see the rest of your home.
Does improving your home’s curb appeal have to be expensive?
No! Not at all. In many cases, simply cleaning up your front yard and pressure washing your home can make a world of difference. Once your yard is cleared of clutter and your house is clean, you can slowly work to add to your curb appeal with plants, flowers, a new coat of paint, etc.
7 Ways to Improve Curb Appeal
A good cleaning will greatly improve the curb appeal of your home. This summer invest in a pressure washer powerful enough to clean your home. Make sure to choose (or make) a cleaner that is safe to use around plants. If you have plants around your home, they will get doused with cleaner. You can always hire someone to pressure wash for you, but it will cost as much as a new pressure washer, so you might as well do it yourself.
Whether the paint on your home is peeling or just outdated, a paint job will improve the curb appeal of your home. While you may be tempted to choose a bold color, try and keep your choice down to earth. Even if you plan on keeping your home forever, a bold color choice will only cause your neighbors to complain until you repaint your home. Again, this is a project that you can save a lot of money on by doing it yourself.
Create Flower Beds
Flowers beds add pops of color which help make the curb appeal of your home visually appealing. This summer take the time to create flower beds outside your home. A flower bed on either side of your front entrance filled with pansies is simply gorgeous. You can either choose one color or mix two to three colors together. You can plant flowers along your walkway, under your windows, etc. If an area of your home looks drab, add some flowers.
Create a Walkway
A walkway adds to the curb appeal of your home while being functional. Walking through a muddy yard with several bags of groceries is never fun and its even less fun when you have soggy shoes. You can either buying stepping stones or you can create your own with kits available at your local hardware store.
Shrubbery not only adds visual appeal to the outside of your home, but also proves you and your family with privacy. Along the property line, you could plant tall growing evergreens to block your neighbor’s view of your yard. Instead of putting flowers in your flower beds, you can add year-round beauty with evergreens. Surround the bushes with small rocks and solar lighting for a beautiful landscape.
Add Solar Lighting
Speaking of solar lighting, it’s a way to add protection to your home, while improving the curb appeal of your home as well. Homes that have solar lighting are less likely to be robbed. Why? Robbers do not want to be seen and solar lighting will make it very easy for people to see someone sneaking around your home. Solar lighting that is triggered by movement is only useful if your neighborhood is free from wondering animals. If your solar lights are always being tripped by animals, your neighbors will never pay attention when they come on. Also, solar lighting comes in a variety of styles that will also add beauty to your home.
Paint Your Front Door
Your front door is a great place to add a pop of color. You can even add a bold color, if you like. It’s something that allows your personality to show through without being over the top. If you are selling your home though, stick with a neutral color that stands out from the rest of the home.
There are many things you can do to improve your home’s curb appeal. It takes time and a bit of money but doing the projects yourself can save you quite a bit. Start with giving the area a good cleaning and go from there.