The perception and value of your home are often both affected not just by what it looks like on the inside, but also by its overall appearance on the outside—and that includes the lawn, the driveway, and even the view from 100 feet down the road.
Curb appeal has a tremendous effect on not only your home’s resale value, but it can also affect your own mood and sense of pride as a homeowner. If you’re not satisfied with the way your home looks when you pull in your driveway every day, or if you’re looking for ways to maximize its resale value, read these 10 tips from Blindster to boost your home’s curb appeal and make it the showpiece of your neighborhood.
Focus on the front door.
Your front door says a lot about your home. Not only is it main entrance to your home, but it’s also the focal point of its architectural design. People’s eyes are automatically drawn to front doors the same way they’re drawn to eyes in portraits. To make the most of this tendency, give your front door as much TLC as possible.
If it needs to be replaced, leave plenty of room in your budget to swap it out with a high-quality door. If you’re happy with the door you have but feel like it’s lacking something, consider painting it a bold color like schoolhouse red, royal blue, or even canary yellow.
Paint the exterior.
Much like your front door can breathe new life into an old or visually unappealing exterior, taking it one step further and painting your entire home can often lead to a dramatic improvement in its overall appearance. A fresh coat of paint makes older homes look new and hides most types of damage caused by sunlight, wind, rain, hail, and other weathering caused by years of exposure to the elements.
Pressure wash everything.
If you don’t have the time to paint your home, consider giving it a good bath with a pressure washer. Pressure washing knocks off years of accumulated dirt and grime from wood, brick, stone, vinyl, and virtually any other material that might be found on the exterior of your home. Pressure washing will also give you a major improvement in the appearance of your driveway, sidewalk, deck, porch, patio, and any other outdoor area of your home that is exposed to the elements.
Show the garage door some love.
If your home has a forward-facing garage, consider giving your garage door the same attention you gave your home’s front door. Because of their size, garage doors can often dominate the focal point of homes—and if they don’t match the rest of the home in terms of color or design, it can detract from the home’s overall appearance. Cleaning the windows, polishing the door handles (if you have them), and slapping on a fresh coat of paint can make even the oldest and most outdated garage doors an attractive part of your home.
Don’t neglect your home’s appearance at night. What may be a warm and inviting home with the benefit of sunshine can quickly become a dark and foreboding place at night without some form of lighting to draw the eye. A well-placed and high-quality light fixture above every entryway is a good start, but you can also add lights along your driveway, sidewalk, and any other pathway leading to your home. Not only do these help your guests find their way at night, but they also improve the looks of your home after dark.
Replace your mailbox.
Your mailbox may seem like the last thing that would have an impact on your home’s curb appeal, but it can actually play a huge role in the perception and value of your home. Having a cheap plastic mailbox is great if you have a student driver in your household, but it’s not much of an asset when it comes to adding value to your home. If you have the budget, consider adding a brick or stone column mailbox that matches your home’s design and style.
Patch up any trouble spots in your lawn.
Maintaining a flawless lawn year-round just isn’t practical for most people—especially if you live in a climate that isn’t conducive to growing lush grass. However, you don’t always have to have golf course-quality grass just to maintain your home’s curb appeal. If your lawn has seen better days but you don’t have the time to keep it looking pristine, fill in any trouble spots with flowers, shrubs, and other plants. Not only do these require much less upkeep than grass, but they also add color and variety to your lawn.
Clean or replace your windows.
Depending on the age of your home and its windows, you may be able to get by with just giving them a good cleaning. Dirty windows quickly lose the majority of their shine and reflectiveness, giving them a dull and cloudy look. By cleaning your windows inside and out, you can restore the luster and clarity that makes your home appear newer and brighter. But if the windows are very old and permanently cloudy, consider replacing them with newer and more energy-efficient windows that will not only improve your home’s appearance, but also save you money.
Add window boxes.
Window boxes filled with flowers, ivy, and other plants can give your home a splash of color and life that will complement even the brightest paint jobs. Installing flower boxes on all your home’s windows is a simple DIY project that can be completed in a single weekend, but the benefits it can provide to your home’s curb appeal are not to be underestimated. In addition to looking great, window boxes can also be used to grow mini gardens and vegetables that you can prepare for your family.
Remove any outdoor clutter.
Keep children’s toys, lawn furniture, trash cans, recycling bins, and other outdoor items put away or out of sight when you’re not using them. The less clutter there is in front of your home, the cleaner and more cohesive its appearance will be to you, your family, and any potential buyers if you’re in the market to sell.