Every now and then, your home needs a little pick-me-up. Years of rain, wind, snow and sunshine can take a toll on the exterior of any structure. Eventually, the signs of aging become glaringly obvious, making it time for some TLC.
New owners of fixer-uppers, homeowners preparing to sell and others maintaining their properties for the long haul often look to ways to improve their home’s curb appeal. The exterior is the first thing people see upon arrival—whether they are potential buyers or homeowners themselves. A home with great curb appeal is pleasing to the eye and often gives owners a sense of pride.
If your home is in need of a little exterior love, consider these upgrades and ideas to increase curb appeal.
Apply a New Coat of Paint
Painting your home’s exterior is one of the best ways to increase its curb appeal. Especially if it has been more than five or six years since the last new coat of paint, this task will immediately improve the aesthetics. While you’re at it, consider repairing or replacing the siding and trim for a crisper and refreshed look. Since first impressions for potential homebuyers are made before entering the front door, a fresh coat of paint and flawless siding and trim will have visitors excited to look inside.
Repair the Driveway and Sidewalk
Everyone has seen uneven and cracked driveways and sidewalks, sometimes with weeds growing between the cracks. This one factor can lead potential buyers to believe that the house itself might not be well maintained. It’s also a hazard for car tires, not to mention children’s bikes and scooters and simply navigating by foot after dark. Hire a professional service to repave or replace your driveway and sidewalk. And for extra curb appeal, consider using aesthetically pleasing elements like brick, slab or stone.
Add Accent Shutters
Depending on the style of your home, adding shutters to your windows can be a fun idea for increasing curb appeal. Shutters come in all sizes and colors to stylishly accent your windows and add a pop of color to the exterior. It may be just enough to turn your simple-looking home into one with character.
Install Window Tinting Film
Windows themselves can often affect the exterior’s aesthetic appeal. Single-pane windows can look cheap, and the ability to see inside the rooms from the street is both unappealing to homebuyers and a privacy concern for those inside. Work with a professional window tinting film installation company to choose the right type of film to meet your needs—benefits include UV protection, glare reduction, energy efficiency and safety. Not only will this upgrade increase curb appeal, the energy efficiency and safety elements will attract potential buyers if and when you choose to sell.
Replace Old Hardware
A simple but effective upgrade to your home’s exterior is achieved by replacing its fixtures. Things like the mailbox, a sidewalk’s stairway railing, patio lights, the doorknob, and even the house numbers can tarnish and age in the outdoor elements. Replacing these items with new, shiny ones helps freshen up the overall curb appeal. It’s also a great way to add a little character and color to your home. Consider house numbers with a pop of color to match your shutters, or a decorative wall-mounted mailbox.
Install Outdoor Lighting
Another aesthetic upgrade that duals as a safety benefit is the addition of outdoor lighting fixtures. These can attach to the home’s exterior on either side of the front door and garage or hang from the covering of a front patio. You can also opt to install short, grounded light posts that align the sidewalk. The variety of designs, from hanging lanterns to orbs, add another element of character. And the light they yield provides a greater sense of safety and is inviting to welcomed evening visitors.
Focus on the Garden
Landscaping elements are almost always beneficial when increasing curb appeal. Simply pruning, trimming and mowing can draw focus back to the home and provide a well-maintained appearance. For those with a green thumb, adding flower beds and hanging or potted planters are great ways to add natural elements with bursts of color. And for those looking for a drastic overhaul, consider working with a professional landscaper to achieve a balanced and aesthetically pleasing landscape design.
Whether you’re moving in, moving out or staying for the long haul, there are plenty of ways to increase your home’s curb appeal and add a little exterior character of your own.
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