9 Things You Can Do to Add to Your Home’s Curb Appeal
By: John Garcia | Date Posted: October 24, 2022
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A good curb appeal is crucial to create a solid first impression on anybody who comes by your home.
Believe it or not, your neighbors and guests may raise eyebrows at a house with an impressive, modern interior but with a sorry-looking facade.
Whether you’re a fan of cozy, minimalist homes, or quintessential country cottages, you don’t need a big budget to create a stunning curb appeal. These simple, low-cost exterior enhancement ideas can significantly improve your home’s curb appeal.
Low-Cost Enhancements to Add to Your Home’s Curb Appeal
Prepare the exterior surfaces for the project
Investing in a fresh coat of paint, extra light fixtures, and outdoor furniture would be all for naught if you don’t deep clean the outdoor area and repair any damaged sections in your pathway first.
Before you buy home improvement supplies to start with your DIY improvement, you need to power wash exterior walls, paths, and driveways. Pressure washing will eliminate years’ worth of dust, grime, mold, and mildew.
Look for any cracks or missing tiles. Watch out for damaged roofs, broken guttering, and leaking downpipes. Get everything fixed and replaced wherever necessary. With a fresh, clean exterior, it will be easy for you to determine which aspects need revamping.
Paint your house
We recommend hiring a professional painter to paint the exterior if you want to revamp the look on a low budget. Oh, and don’t forget to get them to paint the front door.
The front door is the focal point of your home. Guests might be less likely to be impressed with the interior of a house if the front door is ugly, dull, and rusty. And a bright and beautiful front door will surely uplift the exterior of your home. As for colors, you can go with neutral, muted shades like black, brown, white, or off-white, or pick bold, flashy hues like red, orange, or yellow.
Install outdoor lighting
For best results, we suggest you add the following lighting to your front and backyard spaces:
- Solar lights
- String lights
- Rock lights
- Garden lights
- Motion-sensor lights
Maintain your garden
The front, an outdoor entrance, should build excitement and anticipation for what’s inside. Clean, well-kept lawns and freshly-trimmed shrubs lend aesthetics to a property’s exteriors. They also give your house guests an idea that the living space is very well-cared for.
As a rule of thumb, nothing in your garden should be overgrown.
- Keep the grass at a neat, tidy length.
- Be sure to pull up the weeds by their roots, and don’t just remove the leaves.
- Trim hedges and bushes.
- Plant varying heights of annuals and perennials together on either side of the walkway.
See whether you get full or partial sun and grow herbs and veggies in your garden accordingly. Tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and potatoes grow best in full sun. Leafy greens like kale and spinach, cabbage family members like broccoli and cauliflower, peas, beets, and radishes are cool-season vegetables that grow well in partial sunlight and shade.
Replace your mailbox
You’ve gotten your garden beds into shape, added a new layer of paint, and illuminated your outdoor space with uplighting. Now, what about the old, rusted, barely functional mailbox? It’s going to be an eyesore for your guests, no?
The solution is simple. Bring a new one in!
A mailbox is usually close to the driveway’s edge. But whichever place you choose to install the new mailbox, make sure it expresses your personality and complements the rest of your curb appeal.
Revamp your porch
The porch or patio is where you meet and greet your guests. Here are a few items you can arrange in your outdoor space to give the cozy feel of a living room:
- Small chairs
- Small coffee table
- End table
- Rugs, throw pillows, curtains, and drapery
- Bench swings
Consider investing in upscale outdoor art. Sculptures, diptychs, trellises, birdbaths, wind chimes, and weatherproof metal decor are good choices. Trust us; when you finish the decor, you’ll have a more beautiful and elegant exterior!
Create an outdoor dining area
Once you’ve transformed your porch into a relaxing spot for summertime memories, take the time to consider setting up an eating area in your garden. An outside lounge where you can cook and eat will give your home more pizazz and curb appeal.
And there are a lot of options for every taste and style. Whether a homemade pizza party or an intimate family cookout, you can enjoy al fresco dining at your home.
Update old hardware
An outdoor hardware upgrade is a surefire way to increase your home’s curb appeal. Replace junky old street numbers and door hardware (door handle, door knocker, lockset) with something more modern and chic. Choose brass and copper for electrical fixtures, as they are more corrosion-resistant than aluminum.
Ensure that the color, design, details, and material reinforce the home’s style. Once the replacements have been made, bring a colorful personality to your porch with brightly painted trim or shingles.
Hide unsightly things
Sure, your home is your kingdom. But it’s important to realize that every working home has certain nooks and items you’d want to go unnoticed.
Check for any ugly items strewn about your outdoor space. We’re talking bins, pet toilet bowls, household cleaning tools, and electrical wires. They create a lot of visual clutter and take away value from the decor.
Repurpose old cupboards and designate them as pet furniture. For example, use old dressers to store household cleaning equipment. As for unsightly power cords and cables, simply bundle them together and wrap foam tubing around them so they can corral into one large wire. Alternatively, you can run them through the opening in the channel of your patio’s baseboard.
Whether you want to revamp your home’s curb appeal to increase its resale value or improve your living experience, the process itself need not be tiresome or costly. So start by estimating a budget, choose from these fantastic tips, and create a wonderful space that reflects your personality and taste.
Thank you for reading!