9 Ways to Enhance Your Home’s Curb Appeal

curb appealSo, you’re getting ready to sell your home. Congrats! Let’s take a dive into what curb appeal is.

What is curb appeal?

Curb appeal is the visual attractiveness of a house as seen from the street.

If you are looking to improve your curb appeal, here’s a few things that you can do:

  1. Update or upgrade your front door 

Changing the exterior of your front door is a quick and easy way to enhance your curb appeal. Apply a new paint color or install a new custom door. In addition to this, make sure to dust off the dirty spots on the door. Clean and polish the knob and the other accessories, or totally replace them. If you want to create a more personal touch, consider hanging a wreath or a welcome sign on the door.

  1. Make sure your roof looks nice

You can upgrade your roof by adding brighter color tones, or new tiles. There are lots of different materials that can help you to create different styles, such as woodsy, natural, or classic looks.

  1. Increase the area of your windows

Exchanging old windows for double-pane windows with efficient glass is an easy way to make your house look more up-to-date. Not only does it help the look of your house from the outside, but it also brings more natural light into the home. You can also install window boxes to bring some color to the outside of your home.

  1. Replace your gutters and downspouts

Gutters that are rustling and falling apart are never a good look on a home. Replace your old gutters with newer, snap-fit vinyl gutter systems. They go together easily, with little tools used and no painting. Copper systems have also become more popular recently. Just a heads up – because of the quality, they may be a little expensive.

  1. Add a coat of fresh paint

This might seem like an obvious one, but a new coat of paint can update the look and feel of your home in an instant, and bring up your curb appeal drastically. Painting the exterior, trim, garage, or even a porch if you have one can bring an instant facelift to a house and make it stand out to buyers.

  1. Clean the driveway/walkway

If your driveway or walkway is cracked or filled with gaps, repair them.  If you have an asphalt driveway, reseal it every two years to keep it in the best shape.

  1. Install outdoor lighting

Installing lighting in your front lawn and backyard not only improves curb appeal but also provides security and safety. There are many different options when adding lighting, whether lighting a walkway or lighting the trees. If wiring is difficult in your yard, consider adding solar-powered lights.

  1. Give your house numbers a shine

Can you see your house numbers from the street? If they are too dirty or they aren’t easy to see, cleaning or replacing them adds a great deal of curb appeal to your home. Make sure that if you replace the numbers, they are easily visible from the street.

  1. Power-wash it

This is probably the most cost-efficient way to increase your curb appeal. Power-washing your home helps to take off all the stuck-on and hard to reach dirt found on your siding and deck, and even helps with oil stained driveways. If you don’t own a power-washer, you can always rent one from a home improvement store for the day.

Other inexpensive fixes can include a new mailbox, a new welcome mat, or even a new porch light fixture. Find what’s best for you and make your home the best it can be.