Easy Ways to Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal
Whether or not you’re planning to sell your home, a little curb appeal goes a long way. From the house, to the yard, to the garage door, the exterior of your house says a lot about you – even from far away. Here are a few tips on how to boost the curb appeal of your home.
- Clean – Instead of new siding or a fresh coat of paint, try a low-pressure house wash, then pressure-wash your walkways and driveway. You may also want to have your windows cleaned, inside and out, for them to really stand out.
- Level – In order homes, it’s important to pay attention to pathways, including driveways, walkways, steps, and porches, leading to the house. Over the years, these structures can become uneven bringing safety and water flow concerns to the forefront. Repairing these items before they become serious problems can prevent costly replacement in the long run.
- Trim – Be sure your grass, flowers, garden, and shrubbery are trimmed and neat. Trim any sagging tree limbs that may be blocking the view of your home or inhibiting natural light from streaming into your home. In the fall, rake up any dead leaves and spread mulch throughout your garden beds.
- Color – If the exterior of your home needs more than a washing, new paint, siding, or trim can do the trick. Choose complementary colors that give a clean look. Once done, periodic maintenance of your new exterior will guarantee it looking good for years to come.
- Doors – Updating your garage door and front entry doors is a great way to increase your home’s curb appeal. According to Remodeling magazine, replacing your garage door can increase your home’s value by 4%. In addition, a new front entry door can make a home even more welcoming to guests and potential buyers.
- Details – One cost-conscious idea for updating a garage door is new hardware or decorative windows to create a custom appearance. In most cases, only the top section would need to be replaced to add windows for a bright new look.
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