In the world of real estate, first impressions are everything. When looking over potential purchases, people usually decide to check out houses that catch their eye. And it’s usually not just one element that appeals to them either – it’s usually how the windows fit the façade, or how the façade complements the yard, or how the whole house looks surrounded by flowers and plants of various shapes and sizes that makes an impression of visitors and/or potential buyers.
So, whether you’re looking to sell your home or simply impress your neighbors, here are some of the things you should prioritize when you want to upgrade your home’s curb appeal.
SPRUCE UP THE YARD
Like we said in the intro, the house and the yard are two complementary elements. If the house is run down and in a sorry state of disrepair, it is certain to appear as a massive sore in a beautiful yard, and if the yard is poorly organized and either kitsch or simply empty, it will make the house feel out of place.
So, with that being said, your number one priority is taking a look at your yard. If you’ve got space up front, you can do away with a simple, but well-kept, lawn. Knowing how to improve your lawn to enhance home curb appeal can really make your house pop, especially if you’ve got a slightly more vivacious coat of paint on it while remaining both a good base for a few patches of flowers and bushes and a viable stand-alone piece. If you’ve got a backyard, you should consider creating a small garden. Planting a few flower beds of seasonal flowers will definitely be a nice addition to your home, and you can even put in a small pond to create a mini-Japanese garden and at an affordable price.
SPRUCE UP THE FAÇADE
Sprucing up your home’s façade is going to be the largest and the most expensive undertaking to upgrade your home’s curb appeal, but it’s also the most important, as a house with a brand new face looks not only vibrant, attractive, warm and like a nice place to live in but, also, it can look as if it were completely brand new!
One thing, in particular, you need to pay attention to, and that’s any damage on the walls. If your house is old, chances are there will be cracks, mold, and possibly even grass or vines growing out of the cracks. These cracks may be small, but they can prove to be quite troublesome later on, as they will likely expand and, first, lower your home’s energy efficiency and, second, may cause structural instability.
At that point, a simple coat of paint might not do the trick. Consider doing a house rendering to both fix the cracks and coat your walls with a strong, weather-resistant protective surface. There are plenty of companies doing house rendering for a premium, and you should definitely look them up.
SPRUCE UP THE FRONT
What do we mean by saying “spruce up the front”? We mean you should spruce up your front door, windows, walkway and your porch, of course!
One of the simplest ways of adding to your home’s curb appeal is updating your front door. Whether you buy a new front door, or simply put a fresh coat of paint and lacquer over the old one, a fresh-looking door is certain to attract attention. Front doors also fit well into the whole front porch assembly, and the two elements are very complementary, so a neat-looking porch adorned with a few pieces of wicker furniture or a rocking chair, or even a hammock, will make that front door even more eye-catching.
Additionally, consider doing something creative with your walkway/driveway. Consider planting some short bushes or flowers along the concrete to create a nice contrast and to frame it in, or to create a more natural look if you’ve got cobblestones. Look into walkway lighting ideas to – they’re often affordable and easy to pull off, but look really awesome if properly executed.
Finally, pay close attention to your house’s windows. Windows in a state of disrepair are not only unappealing but they also negatively impact your home’s energy efficiency. Consider re-painting them, or outright replacing them if you deem them unserviceable.
And that’s about all we have for you today. Naturally, there are more things you can do around the house, like check the roof and the chimney, or go and redo your basement, but these several elements that we’ve listed will be the most impactful on your home’s curb appeal. Not only that, but all of them, except rendering, can be done by you personally, so there’s no need to go out on a limb and hire professionals that will break your bank!
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