Dress Up That Front Door
Your home’s front entry is the focal point of its curb appeal, not to mention, one of the first features homebuyers notice. Make a statement by giving your front door a pop of color with paint or by installing a custom door. Clean off dirty spots and polish any hardware. Your entry should also reflect the home’s interior, so consider choosing a wreath or other door dressing that reflects your personal style. Make it as inviting as possible!
Swap Out Old Hardware
House numbers, the entry door lockset, a wall-mounted mailbox and an overhead light fixture are elements that can add style and interest to your home’s exterior curb appeal. These features, much like your front door should convey the interior style of your home. These are most appealing when done in matching sets versus mix-and-match.
Light It Up
Landscape lighting makes a huge impact on your home’s curb appeal while also providing safety and security. Some features that we suggest lighting are walking paths or landscaping, such as trees or the house. Uplighting doesn’t have burn a hole in your pocket either. There are fantastic solar-powered fixtures available at a fairly low cost; however, their lighting level is not as bright as electrically powered lights.
Spruce Up Your Plant Beds
Get your home’s garden beds into shape by pruning growth, pulling weeds, planting flowers and adding new mulch to restore color that was taken away by sunlight and harsh weather. If stone or brick borders your bed, consider cleaning and resetting any pieces that are soiled or dislodged. Or, consider installing stone or brick borders to make your beds pop.
Smooth and Polish Your Driveway
When a home’s driveway is cracked or stained or has vegetation sprouting from it, you can upgrade it for curb appeal without doing a complete redo. First repair the cracks and stains (and kill the weeds using a product such as RoundUp), then dress it up by staining the concrete or affixing flagstones. If you need more room to move your car or park, add stone, brick or pavers to the sides of the drive to widen it with flair.
There are hundreds of ways to improve curb appeal, which is one of the best ways to attract potential homebuyers to your home. First impressions leave a lasting impression, so regardless of if you utilize these methods or others – invest in the curb appeal of your home.
Adapted from Better Homes & Gardens. Used with permission. © Meredith Corporation. http://www.meredith.com. All rights reserved.