Whether you are selling your home or you just want to spruce it up, nailing curb appeal is essential. That’s because how your home looks on the outside goes a long way to boosting its value. When a home has curb appeal, it can put its best face forward pleasing not only you, but also your neighbors and potential homebuyers.
Brighten Up the Color Scheme: As homeowners, we often think about painting the inside of our home, but the thought of painting the outside of our home rarely occurs to us. Freshening up the colors of your home, however, is one of the best ways to boost curb appeal. You can keep with the color scheme your home already has or you can try something totally new. Be sure to take into account the colors that your neighbors have used and try to stick to the general theme. This ensures that your home doesn’t stand out in your neighborhood–in a bad way. Timeless hues include beige, gray, blue, and cream. Remember to wash your exterior siding annually to keep your home looking bright.
Play with Symmetry: When your home is symmetrical, this means that if you were to fold it in half, both sides would be the same (windows, doors, landscaping, etc.) This is an especially good tip for older homes that have been remodeled once or twice. When you want to really nail curb appeal, make your home symmetrical. Try putting the same number of windows on either side of your front door. You can also work on your landscaping to make sure that your plants, flowers, and even trees appear evenly on either side of your front porch.
Freshen Up Your Front Door: Our eyes are naturally drawn to the front door of a home. That means that you should pay attention to how your front door looks–and refresh the look if necessary. Consider replacing an older door with something new and modern. Replace the screen on your door if it’s broken. Paint your front door a bright red, blue, or yellow to make it look more inviting. Replace the door knob to give your home a punch of personality.
Make a Path: All homes are connected through pathways. Whether you have a worn patch of grass from lugging groceries from your garage to the front door or your sidewalk is starting to crumble, consider making a new path. There are a variety of materials you can use to freshen up the look of your walkways including gravel, limestone, brick, and cement. If a pathway doesn’t exist where one should, work with a professional and develop one. If your driveway, sidewalks, or pathway is getting old and cracked, consider calling a specialist to come lay a new one for you. Beautiful pathways really boost your curb appeal.
Invest in Landscaping: How does your landscaping compare to that of your neighbors? Hire a professional to come in and develop your lot for you or visit your local nursery and make this a DIY project over the weekend. You’d be surprised at what planting some flowers or small trees and bushes can do to the overall outside look of your home.
There are a variety of ways that homeowners can nail curb appeal. It’s especially important to evaluate your curb appeal when you’re getting ready to sell your home. With just a small investment of time and money, your home will be a lot more appealing to potential buyers.
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