Have you ever made a snap judgment based on a first impression? Like a bad date or job interview gone awry, your home's appearance may not be having the impact you hoped it would. Instead of looking polished and put together, it could be sending the wrong message about its value. While no one intends to judge a book by its cover, curb appeal can account for up to 7% of the home's sale price.
Even if you aren't looking to list your house on the market, making improvements to maximize your home's curb appeal will enhance its property value. If you're a potential home buyer and don't know what makes an attractive home, this guide will help you know what to look for.
Curb appeal is the visual attractiveness of a house or building based on how it looks from the outside. A property's curb appeal will have a strong influence on how someone feels when they see your home. For example, a manicured lawn with a picturesque garden and ornaments tells passersby that your home is clean, well-maintained and highly valued. Alternatively, unmown grass and a driveway filled with potholes tells others your home's value is depreciating.
Homes with great curb appeal are objectively attractive — and the more charming a home looks, the clearer a potential buyer can see themselves living there.
There are many ways to make home exterior improvements that will increase your property's value and curb appeal. These ten tips will show you how to make the front of your house look good while raising its curb appeal on a budget. Fortunately, it doesn't take much to make the front of your home look warm and inviting. In some cases, you can use items you already have on hand to spruce up your home's exterior.
When was the last time you painted your front door? If it wasn't in the last few years, it's time for a refresh. Your front door is a high-traffic entryway, so the wear and tear become prevalent after three to five years. Between the weather, constant use and general bumps every once in a while, it becomes clear that your front door has seen better days.
These front door curb appeal tips will have an immediate and satisfying impact.
This point may sound like common sense, but painting an entire house isn't an easy job, so most people don't jump at the chance to do it. However, the color of your house and the freshness of the paint are two of the most significant factors in creating great curb appeal.
Nothing says "welcome" like quaint and comfortable seating. Placing a pair of wooden rocking chairs or a small bistro table and chair set on your front porch will show potential buyers that your street is friendly and values community. Porch swings are also a great pick to create a relaxed outdoor space.
No porch? No problem! If your porch isn't large enough to fit furniture, a couple of white wrought iron chairs in the garden will have the same effect as a functional furniture set. These are just a few curb appeal ideas for front porch improvements. Here's another word of advice — too much furniture will have the opposite effect of raising curb appeal. It can make your home look a bit unorganized. Choose your pieces carefully and with purpose.
Did you know symmetry has a profound effect on your emotions? It turns out that we inherently find symmetrical structures more attractive. With this balance so familiar to us from a biological standpoint, it's not surprising that the same logic applies to our homes. Symmetrical exteriors are usually found in Georgian or Craftsman home designs but can be emulated with any house style.
If you're wondering how to add curb appeal when your house is asymmetrical, here are a few ideas:
An unlit house says to potential buyers the home is uninviting and potentially unsafe. A little light can be comforting and instantly make you feel at home. Brighten up your dark entryway with tasteful lighting fixtures that go with the design of your home and exterior aesthetic. If you already have light fixtures outside your door, clean up any cobwebs or dirt to ensure everything looks put together.
You can also think outside the box and add a little extra lighting. Some string lights on the porch or lanterns in the garden can have a cozy effect on your home's curb appeal.
Great curb appeal ideas don't always include spending money on new fixtures and features. Often, curbside appeal can be accomplished with a thorough cleaning. While it's usually the last chore on everyone's list, cleaning the gutters will have a major impact on the attractiveness and structural integrity of your home.
Gutters collect rainwater from the roof and steer it away from the foundation of your house. They get clogged by debris, leaves, insects and even bird nests. When you neglect your gutters, they jam and overflow with water. This situation eventually leads to the excess water seeping into the foundation of your house, potentially causing mold and structural damage. Maintaining your gutters falls under curb appeal home improvement because it does more than just make your house look good — it keeps your home safe and sound.
Another obvious but profound way to enhance your home's curb appeal is by adding fresh plants and flowers. Greenery has a calming and relaxing effect while also adding personality to your exterior. Potted plants will quickly spruce up a doorway or porch without breaking the bank.
A few other green ideas include:
A well-kept lawn and garden can increase your home's value by 5 to 12%, so never underestimate garden curb appeal.
Getting a new mailbox for curb appeal can help you add yet another eye-catching feature to your home by updating it. That's especially true if you have an outdated mailbox that's out of style. Additionally, while you may love your purple, flower-print mailbox, you may find that potential homebuyers aren't as enthusiastic about that particular aesthetic.
Upgrading to a simple yet modern mailbox with your house's street number on the side is a great move when you want to update the curb appeal.
Not everyone has the budget to repave their driveway or extend their porch. Fortunately, a day of power washing your home's exterior can do wonders for enhancing your property's driveway curb appeal. You don't know how grimy your porch and siding have become until you draw out the muck with a power wash. In just one day your home's appearance can dramatically change. In fact, your house may not need a fresh coat of paint — just a good wash!
The term "home with a white picket fence" is one that still rings true with homebuyers. Adding a fence to your property is amazing for curb appeal, but it's also a great feature to incorporate for security. If a buyer sees that your house has a well-maintained fence, they'll know they can safely hang out in the yard, and their kids or pets won't accidentally wander away.
Try looking for fences that complement your home's style so it can be another feature that ties everything together. It's also best to choose a color that isn't too flashy or overwhelming. A neutral tone, like a light brown or beige, is perfect for most houses.
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