Your home is your castle. Homeowners want their home to appear to be the best it can be as it relates to curb appeal. The importance of curb appeal is designed to do a couple of things – make people notice the beauty and uniqueness of a home as it stands out in the neighbourhood or to entice prospective buyers to look inside the house.
If you are planning on selling your home, improving curb appeal may help you sell faster and for more money.
Even if you are not planning to sell your home anytime soon, a fresh and welcoming exterior is a wonderful thing to come home to every day.
From front doors, house numbers and porch furnishings to colour schemes, landscaping and basic repairs, this following smorgasbord of ideas will hopefully inspire a few changes around your own home.
Try these curb appeal improvements:
- Spruce up the front door. A front door that pops out can be hugely dramatic and refreshing. It’s the centrepiece to your home, so make it bold and distinctive. Gorgeous hardware and a fresh glossy paint job can make even the plainest front door look very classy.
- Add depth with a fence. A low fence around a property, not only adds a welcome boundary between a hectic street and a private space, but it also makes the front yard seem larger.
- Add porch furniture. A pair of matching rockers, Adirondack chairs or a cozy glider is a must when you have a front porch that is visible from the street.
- Swap out lighting. Try replacing outdated lights with statement-making pendant lights, add recessed lighting beneath the eaves or install solar lights along the front walk. Lighting places an important role in making your home both noticeable and memorable.
- Repair the driveway and paths. Cement, stone and pavement all can split and crack over time. Repairing or replacing damaged areas can do wonders to freshen up your home’s street view. A well-maintained driveway or paths says you care and take pride in your home from the outside to the inside.
- Do some hardscaping. Built-in concrete planters, a low stone wall or new paths are all great ways to add structure to your front yard that will last for many years to come.
- Do some landscaping: Clear out weeds, replace the lawn with flowers, lay out a neat path to the backyard or bring in some bushes, shrubs and trees to nestle your home in greenery and colour.
- Echo the architecture with paths. Another way to accent the style of your home is by repeating the lines of the architecture in the paths and landscaping surrounding it. Wide, angular paths echo the geometry of any home.
- Paint the garage door. The garage takes up a lot of visual space, so it pays to make sure it looks its best.
Give it a go
Giving your home a curb appeal boost can be done in a weekend or over time if you plan ahead and prioritize the projects. Your home probably already has plenty of beautiful elements, but a few of these suggestions will really help to make it looks its best. By putting in some time and effort, you’ll be amazed by the results and admired by many.