Easy and Affordable Ways To Increase Curb Appeal
Curb appeal. It’s a phrase we hear often when talking about buying or selling a home, but what does it really mean? Basically, it’s about making your home look nice from the outside, so you can capture people’s attention before they see the inside. Even if you’re not planning on moving soon, you still want to make your home look its best, both inside and out.
At first, increasing your home’s curb appeal might sound a bit daunting, but it doesn’t have to be a big job. There are several little things you can do to spruce up the outside of your home, and they don’t have to cost a lot of money.
The first thing to think about is painting your whole house. It instantly makes it look shiny and new, and can be done quickly without costing an arm and a leg. If an entire exterior paint job isn’t in the cards for you at the moment, you can still use paint to update the look of your house. While bold colors might be tempting, you really have to think hard about committing to a bright burgundy or green. We suggest sticking to a more neutral tone like gray or a soft pastel and using the brighter colors as accents.
Painting your front door with a bright color, or adding a painted runner to your porch stairs is an easy upgrade. For something a little more than just a door, you can also give your garage door a fresh coat, choose a new color for the trim, or paint your fence. (After all, what looks cuter than a crisp white picket fence?)
Once you’ve got the painting done, there are a few extra little touches that will really make a big difference. Take down those old house numbers and replace them with something more crisp and modern, taking care to choose a font that matches the style of the house. You can also get some planters and fill them with matching plants to set on either side of the door. Creating this symmetry gives it a look that really catches the eye, and looks clean, crisp, and sophisticated.
Adding some new outdoor lighting is also a way to create a comforting and welcoming look. Using solar powered lights or low-voltage lighting is a great way to accent certain features in your yard at night. Create a lighted garden path or walkway with stake lanterns, or hang clear string lights to create a warm glow in your yard in the evenings.
You can give your mailbox a new coat of paint or invest in a new one. A cute doormat is always a fun touch that will make your guests feel welcome. (It’s especially great if you can find one with a cute little design that reflects your personality.)
They key thing to remember is that increasing the curb appeal of your home doesn’t require a total overhaul. With just a few small touches, you can easily make your house the crown jewel on the block.