6 Curb Appeal Makeovers, To Increase Your Home’s Value
You never get a second chance to make a good first impression, and that counts for your home, too! Buyers might be less likely to check out the rest of a house if the outside is unappealing—even if the interior is stunning.
If you’re looking to sell your house, a few inexpensive changes to your home’s exterior could help make the process smoother. From being able to sell faster to adding greater value to the asking price.
1. Add a Fresh Coat of Paint
Depending on what your budget is, painting can give you a lot of bang for your buck. When painting, don’t forget picket fences around your yard, trimming around the eaves of the roof, and replacing old gutters and downspouts may catapult the appeal of the exterior of your home.
2. Update Your Landscaping
Before you spend a dime on your house, look at your yard, landscaping, sidewalk, and front entryway. In all of these areas, a few hours of yard work, tidying up your property can go a long way. This can be as easy as pressure washing your concrete walkway. Tall trees and shrubs can make a small house look smaller. Look for lush ground cover plants and add a few pops of color to build more dimension to your walkway.
3. Update your Walkway with Stone & Mulch
Turn a standard structure into a period piece by adding attractive trim and stone to your walkway and spice it up by adding colored mulch to your landscaping. The contrast between a lighter walkway and darker mulch creates an illusion of length.
4. Turn on the Charm
The strongest appeal to any home is adding bits of charm that welcomes your visitors. You can do this by adding details that make your home unique such as a sitting bench or rocking chair and subtle walkway lighting. If you have a large front porch, add furniture and an outdoor area rug. Wall décor can also bring the indoors out.
5. Emphasize the Front Door
A brightly colored door is a great way to draw attention to your house and make it feel more inviting. The front door should be your home’s exterior focal point — ramp up the appeal by painting it a rich hue, updating door hardware or adding a new knocker. Symmetry is also not only pleasing to the eye, but it's also the simplest to arrange. Symmetrical structures such as light fixtures, potted plants, and other front-door accents can create a welcoming entryway and boost curb appeal.
6. Mailbox Makeover
Mailboxes should complement the home and express the homeowner's personality. Dress up your mailbox for easy curb appeal by painting the wooden post to match the house's exterior color, or by surrounding it by a beautiful flowering garden.
In real estate, a beautiful face isn't just memorable, it can make or break a home sale. The exterior of your home deserves the same attention to detail as the interior. Improving the look of your home’s exterior doesn’t require a 6-man crew and thousands of dollars. From fresh paint to colorful plants, these six easy updates can be accomplished by just about any homeowner, and shouldn’t stress your finances either.