First impressions matter! Whether you’re putting your house on the market or just want to freshen things up, you can create visual charm, show pride of ownership, and increase your home’s value by following our eight tips to increase curb appeal:
1. Freshen the entry
Make a statement by giving your front door a blast of color with a fresh coat of paint ($25 a gallon) or by installing a custom wood door. Polish any metal knobs and fixtures. Your entry should also reflect the home's interior, so choose a front door swag or a wreath that reflects your personal style.
2. Create an instant garden
Summer may be over but you can keep up the flower power with colorful container gardens. Plant purple fountain grass, ornamental kale or cabbage and mums in your favorite pots and place them on either side of your front door. Creating symmetry sets the mood that your home is a restful oasis for all who enter.
3. Replace entry fixtures
Nothing dates a home like old rusty fixtures, especially when covered in spiderwebs and dead bugs. New exterior light fixtures can quickly update your home. While you’re at it, replace the entry-door lock set and front-door mailbox. Brushed nickel gives a contemporary look, while an oiled bronze finish works well in traditional homes.
4. Shiny, happy numbers
Ensure you receive your next pizza delivery by displaying new house numbers in a prominent location visible from the street. Also, consider the overall feel of your home when determining the style and number design. For example, you could choose a 1930s Neutraface font for a mid-century house, tile address numbers for a Spanish-style home, or script or plaque numbers for a more traditional look.
5. Power wash
Show your house some love by power washing the entire outside, including the sidewalk, driveway, garage, siding, fence, shutters and door. You will be astonished at how clean and bright your home will look. Avoid power washing the roof, however, because you could knock the shingles loose. Instead, treat roof stains and discoloration with a roof wash. There are several inexpensive roof sprays available that remove mildew, algae and stains.
6. Add some polish
Painting your front door, trim and shutters is a simple upgrade that provides plenty of pop! Other inexpensive fix-ups: a new mailbox (check your city’s regulations to make sure you’re up to code), a new porch light and a cheery new seasonal welcome mat.
7. Mow, weed and trim
Tend to your lawn and spend a weekend shaping, pruning and cutting back overgrown shrubs. Mow neglected and overgrown areas. Prune trees and remove limbs that hang over the house. Weed gardens thoroughly, and cover beds with mulch or compost.
8. Install outdoor lighting
Path lighting is an inexpensive, high-impact upgrade and you can install it yourself. Use a low-voltage outdoor system, or skip the wiring altogether and use individual solar path lights. The solar lights are less bright, but path lighting doesn’t require blazing light, only visual cues for safety and attractiveness.
Paying attention to these simple accents can provide subtle enhancements that help to define your home’s overall look and make your house the envy of the neighborhood.