As much as we may want to ignore it, first impressions matter—especially when it comes to our home’s drive-by appearance. In the real-estate world, this is referred to as “curb appeal.” While curb appeal is most often associated with buying or selling a home, there are certainly plenty of other reasons to keep your home and yard looking their best. After all, it’s easy to notice curb appeal when you see it. But it’s even more glaringly obvious when it’s missing.
So, whether you’re looking to sell, or you simply want to give your home’s exterior a fresh, new look, here are eight ways to improve curb appeal and turn your home into a veritable head-turner.
Revive your roof
The roof is not only an important part of your home’s weatherproofing and insulation system, but it can also account for more than half of the visual exterior—making it essential to your home’s overall appearance and appeal. Depending on the type of roof you have, how old it is, or what condition it’s in will help you determine whether replacement is immediately needed or if some simple cosmetic fixes are more appropriate. Click here for help determining whether your roof needs replacing.
A well-designed, well-kept front yard can have the same head-turning impact on your home’s curb appeal as showing up to the grand ball dressed to the nines in a sharp tuxedo or stunning gown. Not only that, it can provide a sanctuary where you and your family can relax, entertain and enjoy a taste of nature, without having to go too far to find it. Just remember to keep up with the mowing, raking, and weeding to keep it manageable. Check out garden landscaping ideas for your front yard.
Plant a little color
If good landscaping has a way of drawing attention, then adding a splash of color to your yard with vibrant pants, shrubs and decorative containers is a fast cure for instant curb appeal. As you plot a plan for what flora to plant, be sure to consider the color and style of your house, as well. After all, the design and architecture of your house can be a real asset when you’re creating gardens around it. Here are some plant ideas for your property.
Step into the lighting fixtures
Replacing outdated front door or garage light fixtures, or incorporating landscape lighting to your yard, is a clever way to brighten your home’s curb appeal. Lighting has a way of enhancing and accentuating the beauty of your property. It can all add to the overall safety and security of your home, as well. And the icing on the cake: lighting styles and options are as plentiful as they are illuminating.
Add some sparkle to the windows
Clean windows, inside and out, are a sure-fire way to make your home shine. Not only will they let more natural light into your home, but they also give off an undeniable sparkle to passersby. Try spraying your outside windows with a hose to clear off dirt and cobwebs. Then, wipe them down with a little vinegar or detergent diluted in warm water. And be sure to use proper ladder safety for any windows that may be out of reach.
In some cases, these improvements may require a homeowner’s association approval. If you belong to an HOA, be sure to check before making any changes.