Increase Curb Appeal
Aug 13, 2021
Increase Curb Appeal With These Easy Weekend Projects
You don't get a second chance to make a good first impression. In real estate, first impressions start with the exterior of a home.
Your home's curb appeal can be the difference between some being compelled to stop and look or cross the street to avoid your house. But increasing your home's look doesn't have to be an expensive investment, in some cases it can be simple, inexpensive, and finished in a weekend.
Let's take a look at a few things you can do in two days or less that can boost the curb appeal of your home.
BUILD PATIO FURNITURE
If you're a real DIYer, then building patio furniture may be in your near future.
You can add a lot of style (and function) to your front porch or patio with some new outdoor furniture. Whether it's a cozy swing, a comfy bench, or cushy chairs, your imagination is the limit.
Extra seating will add charm to your home's exterior, and it'll give you a place to enjoy a cup of coffee and a good book!
INSTALL A WINDOW BOX / RAILING PLANTER
Add a little extra green around your home with some window boxes and / or railing planters.
Window boxes will bring needed color and life to home and can really make your house stand out from the others in the neighborhood. You can buy them from the store, but if you're handy then you can build your own window boxes with just a few materials.
The same is true if you have any railings on your front porch or back patio / deck. You can fill in the empty space of the railing with plants, which will add some color and charm to your home. Railing planters are another simple project that you can DIY or purchase from the store.
Accent your front yard with potted plants. Just like window boxes and railing planters, potted plants allow you to bring needed color and depth into unexpected areas of your home's exterior.
Consider placing planters of different shapes and sizes on the steps of your front porch, near your front door, or around your landscape. Planters come in all shapes, sizes, and colors, so find some that will complement your home's aesthetic.
SHAPE YOUR LANDSCAPE
A well-manicured landscape is the first indication for many potential buyers that the owners have a well-maintained home. Landscapes take time and attention to detail, two factors that play into a well-kept home.
If you haven't started a flower garden, this is a great way to bolster your landscape. If you already have an established garden, take the time to remove debris, weed, and add fresh mulch.
Take the time to remove low-hanging branches that might obstruct the view of your home and trim back any overgrown bushes.
PAINT YOUR FRONT DOOR
A little paint can go a long way. Repainting your front door to a more vibrant color can bring attention to your home and is a low-cost way to boost your curb appeal.
When choosing a color, try to find something that will contrast with the facade of your home that complements the overall look.
INSTALL A WALKWAY
Walkways can add appeal to your home by visually breaking up your lawn into sections, defining garden areas, and by giving visitors a clear path to follow to your door.
There are many different materials to choose from: natural stone, brick, wood, pavers, concrete. And an almost infinite variety of patterns to add more visual appeal to your walkway.
ADD OR UPDATE YOUR SHUTTERS
Shutters are a simple way to add some aesthetic value to windows that lack character on your home. If you already have shutters, a fresh coat of paint can add some vibrancy and new life to your facade.
Purchasing a new set of shutters can be somewhat expensive (especially if you have a lot of windows on your home), so you may want to consider some DIY shutter options to save some cash.
WASH YOUR HOUSE
This is probably the easiest and most inexpensive way to bump your curb appeal.
A fresh wash is good for the visual appeal of your home, but it's also helpful to lengthen the life of your siding. Take care when washing your siding not to get water underneath where it can damage your home and rot your siding.
For some deep cleaning, rent a power washer and clean your driveway and walkways, too. Take note after you clean your driveway and check to see if it needs a little extra attention and requires any patching or resealing.
ADD PERSONALITY TO YOUR HOUSE NUMBER
New or updated house numbers can add some class and style to your home (and make it easier for potential buyers to find your place).
Store-bought numbers can be expensive or slightly drab, so making your own house numbers is an excellent DIY project. If you've found the perfect numbers at the store, adding a little extra flair with a wood backing and turning it into a plaque can add extra pizazz.
UPDATE YOUR LIGHT FIXTURES
Updating your original outdoor light fixtures can give your home a boost to its curb appeal and add cohesiveness to your style.
Finding light fixtures with similar mounting styles to your current ones can save you time during installation. If price is a factor, you can consider a fresh coat of paint to update your fixtures' style.
READY TO SELL?
If you're ready to sell after getting your curb appeal in tip-top shape, the talented professionals at Orizon Real Estate stand ready to get your home listed.
Call us today at 260-248-8961 and speak with one of our expert agents.