They say ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’, but everyone forms an opinion at first glance when it comes to a home. If your exterior looks dull and unwelcoming, buyers or guests will be less interested in what’s inside.
No matter how great the interior is, an overgrown lawn, dirty doors and windows, or dying trees can ruin everything. Boosting your curb appeal is the most inexpensive way to transform your home’s exterior and set the stage for its interior.
What is Curb Appeal?
Have you ever passed by a house and said, “Wow, I wish I lived here!”? That’s probably because it had great curb appeal. The term defines how attractive and welcoming a property looks from the outside. Upgrading your home’s curb appeal makes it the best house on the block. It gives an overall stunning look and adds value to your home.
People mainly upgrade their home’s curb appeal to draw in potential buyers and sell it at a premium price. Whether you want to sell your house or need some upgrades to enhance its appeal, here’s how you can do that:
1. Change Your Front Door
Front door replacement should be the first thing on your to-do list. A front door is a portal to your home; it tells people what to expect on the inside. According to a council member of Forbes Real Estate, front doors are symbolic, and they form a lasting impression on your visitors.
If you live in Florida, fiberglass doors can be a great option because they can withstand harsh weather conditions and have the best wood-like appearance. If your door is already in good condition, you can paint it instead. A fresh lick of paint will revive the entire look of your home. You can opt for a bright color, but it should complement your home’s exterior.
2. Get Rid of the Junk
Get rid of eyesores such as old vehicles, broken swing sets, patio furniture, empty planters, dead bushes, or anything that you don’t use anymore. If there’s anything that you can’t toss, recycle or sell (because it holds an emotional value), keep it somewhere hidden instead of displaying it outside.
While you’re at it, prune big trees, bushes, and shrubbery to give the house an even cleaner, well-maintained look. This will also increase the natural lighting your home receives and enhance your curb appeal.
3. Maintain Your Front Yard, But Don’t Overdo It
The front yard can make or break your curb appeal; you need to maintain your lawn regularly to keep everything crisp and clean. If you’re trying to sell your house, don’t overdo your lawn by adding too many plants and flowers because your potential buyers may feel overwhelmed at the thought of maintaining it.
Take care of the basics, keep it well watered, mow the grass, pull weeds, clean the debris, add some potted plants, and you’ll be good to go.
4. Have Sparkling Windows
Like your front door, windows also play an essential role in your house. Clean them thoroughly, but if they’re old and have lost their shine, it’s best to replace them. Go for energy-efficient and double-hung windows to keep your home well-ventilated and maintain temperature.
To make them look even better, you can add a large vase with vines and colorful flowers for a nice pop of color. It’ll add some character to your house.
5. Don’t Forget the Exterior Lighting
A recent survey found that 85% of buyers want exterior lighting while buying a property. Besides that, exterior lighting offers safety, modern aesthetic appeal, and a warm feeling to your visitors.
6. Upgrade Your Mailbox and House Numbers
Mailboxes add a nostalgic and friendly vibe to your exterior. Although their usage has decreased, it doesn’t mean you should ignore them completely. Replace your rusty mailbox with something new and stylish. Similarly, upgrading house numbers can also add oomph to the exterior.
It doesn’t take long or cost much to replace house numbers, but many homeowners often ignore this. You can choose from many designs; go with a modern font style that grabs attention.
7. Make Necessary Repairs
Even the tiniest flaw can sometimes impact an otherwise perfect exterior. Check the house thoroughly from the outside and see if anything needs repair, such as chipped paint, burned-out lights, torn screens, etc., and get it fixed. The electrical boxes outside the house may look hideous in the overall exterior. Fix them up with a quick paint job; choose the same color as your house, so they blend in.
8. Revamp Your Garage
If your house has a garage at the front, don’t forget to upgrade it. According to a recent cost vs. value report in home improvement, garage door replacement generates the most return on investment. You can replace the current door with steel doors to give it a sleek, sturdy, and modern look.
9. Power Wash Everything
This one step can be a game-changer for your curb appeal, and you’ll instantly notice the difference. Washing away the years of dirt is satisfying and necessary for hygiene and curb appeal. Power washing is a great way to thoroughly clean driveways, walkways, porches, sidewalks, and garages.
10. Paint Your Exterior
If you still feel something is missing in your home’s exterior, paint it! Fresh paint always works, and it’ll truly enhance the curb appeal. Don’t go for the same dull colors; always choose three colors that contrast nicely and make your house pop. You can even add some modern patio furniture that complements the new paint and gives it a more contemporary look.
Once you’re done upgrading your curb appeal, take a photograph from the street. You might find something that needs more work. If you’re selling it, these photographs will also give you a good idea about it’ll look on online listings.
Want To Replace Your Doors & Windows?
If you’re living in Florida or Alabama, you need to install impact doors and windows to stay safe from the weather conditions. At EcoView Windows & Doors, we offer a wide range of exterior replacement services; you can choose from single or double-hung windows, steel or fiberglass doors, and other energy-efficient solutions.