It doesn’t matter whether or not you’re planning to sell your house, every home can benefit from a little curb appeal. The front of your home is the first thing people see before they enter - and these tips ensure you’re making a good first impression.
1. Fix up your front door
One of the first things most people will notice about your house is its front door. It doesn’t matter how gorgeous the rest of your front yard may be, if your front door is worn down, that will be the one aspect of your house that everyone will remember. Make sure you have one of the most welcoming doors on the block by giving it a fresh coat of paint. If that won’t work, you might want to consider replacing it altogether.
2. Polish up patios and paths
Did winter get the better out of your front walkway or patio? Are there weeds growing in the grout? Make sure you repair your stonework to give it a bit more of a welcoming look. Not only will doing this make it look more aesthetically pleasing, but it will also make your stones more safe and secure for your guests to enjoy.
3. Upgrade your mailbox
While it may seem insignificant, having a stylish mailbox is something that adds a lot of charm to the front of your home. If your crooked mailbox is just as old as your house, maybe it’s time for a new model.
4. Build a fence
Constructing a low fence around your property is a great way to add a boundary between your property and the public sidewalk. Doing this also adds some depth to the look of your front yard, which makes your property seem larger than it actually is.
5. Install a new garage door
Garage doors don’t have to serve a strictly functional purpose. Investing in a stylish new garage door could be enough to dramatically improve the look of your home. Garage doors are available in a wide variety of styles and colors. You can even customize your garage door to have the same windows as your home.
6. Cut down tall trees
Is a tall tree blocking the view of your front yard? If this is the case, it doesn’t matter how stunning your house is; people can’t actually see it. If any trees or bushes are obstructing the view of your home, clearing them will help your home leave a much better first impression.
7. Add bold house numbers
This is another example of a subtle change that will add instant curb appeal to your lodging. Not only will doing this make it easier for others to find your house, but it will also add some personality to your front entranceway.
8. Wash your house
Sometimes all your house needs is a little TLC. Realtors estimate that simply washing off dirt, mildew, and general grunge from the outside of your house can add $10,000 to $15,000 to the sale price of some houses. This definitely makes renting a power washer for the weekend a worthwhile investment.
9. Refresh the siding
If washing your house doesn’t produce a glamorous look for your front yard, consider replacing the old siding. While it may be pricey, this will give your home a much cleaner, modern look and will likely result in increasing your home’s value in the long run.
10. Add a Fresh Coat
A fresh coat of paint can do wonders for your home and add instant curb appeal. Whether you’re using it to freshen up the whole house, repaint some trim, brighten up your front door, or change the color of your garage. Of course, it’s important to choose colors that work well together, without taking too much attention away from the beauty of your home.
11. Dress up the Drive
Asphalt driveways need regular maintenance, and it’s important to follow the recommended schedule to keep your driveway in tip top shape. Filling cracks with asphalt patch, then covering the surface with a refinishing compound is one DIY way to ensure our driveway always looks its best. If you have some extra time, adding pavers to the edges of your traditional drive creates a beautiful border and a more polished look.
12. Update Landscaping
Large or small, every yard needs a little landscaping. Keeping grass green, and adding plants, trees and shrubs to frame your home are essential for overall curb appeal. After all of that hard work, you need to keep your yard looking great with regular maintenance. If you really aren’t blessed with a green thumb, container gardens can offer a lower maintenance solution while still adding color and natural beauty to your space.
13. Light It Up
Proper lighting helps to ensure your home has curb appeal even after dark - and there are plenty of options available, depending on your budget. Solar landscaping lights are a wonderful do-it-yourself addition to your yard, as they don’t require any complicated wiring. Strategically place the lights to make it easy to navigate pathways, and showcase your home’s best features.
14. Frame the Entryway
Usually your front door is the focal point in your front yard, so you want it to look its best. Adding some potted plants to frame the entryway can give your home a warm inviting feeling without a lot of hard work. Choose planters that compliment your home decor style, and add your favorite flowers for a beautiful pop of color.
15. Replace Old Hardware to Add Instant Curb Appeal
Replacing old, shabby hardware is one way to give your front door an instant update. Much cheaper than getting a whole new door, the new hardware will give everything a fresh look by association. Upgrade knobs, knockers, kick plates and hinges for a complete front door makeover.