Whether you’re looking to sell your home, recently bought a major fixer-upper, or just want to make your current home look shiny and new, there are small projects (that make a big impact) that you can undertake to add curb appeal to your home. Not only does adding curb appeal improve the overall look of your home, in most cases, it can increase the property value of your home as well! Here are five curb appeal ideas we recommend to get you started.
Give Your Entry A Facelift
Any outdoor home improvements should start with a good pressure wash of your siding, shutters, deck, and front porch. From there these small tasks can create a welcoming and modern entry to your home.
- A bold new paint color on the front door, trim, and shutters
- New hardware like a door knocker, door knobs, or mail slot
- Shiny new house numbers
A Green Lawn & Colorful Accents
Your front lawn landscaping is often the first impression that people have of your home. It may take a little dirt under your fingernails and a green thumb, but a green lawn and colorful flowers will go a long way in adding curb appeal to your home.
- Mow your lawn, edge around curbs and walkways, and fertilize
- Tend to any overgrown weeds in your lawn and flower beds
- Add fresh mulch to your flower beds and around trees
- Use containers or window boxes to add colorful flowers around your home, if you’re lawn space is limited
Added Value: Good landscaping can add up to 28% to your home value
A Garage Door with Personality
Whether you have a street-facing or side-facing garage, your garage doors are a big visual statement and affect your home’s curb appeal. If your home’s builder-standard garage door is still in place ten, fifteen, or twenty years after your home was built, it may be time for an upgrade. Wood, vinyl, and composite options are available in classic and elegant carriage door styles that can add a dramatic impression to your curb appeal.
Added Value: A new garage door returns up to 87% of your investment
Outdoor Lighting Shines
Outdoor lighting lets your home’s curb appeal expand into evening hours, providing a glow of warmth and homeyness and guiding visitors to the focal point of your home. Light your driveway, walkway, and front door with post lights, wall lights, motion activated lights, or solar powered ground lights. Not only does outdoor lighting make your house feel like a home, it also deters intruders and avoids injuries on your property.
Added Value: Outdoor lighting is rated as “desirable” or essential” by over 40% of surveyed homebuyers.
Raise a New Roof
Curb appeal doesn’t just end at the curb so don’t forget to look up! Your roof is a big part of your home’s aesthetic and if it’s in shabby shape, your overall curb appeal can suffer. Although it’s a costly improvement, your roof should be replaced every 20 – 30 years. It may need to be done sooner if you notice any of these signs:
- Curled, cracked or bubbled shingles
- Missing shingles
- Shingles covered with moss or algae
- Shingles granules in your gutter
With spring right around the corner, there’s no better time to get to work on adding curb appeal to your home.