Curb appeal is very important. If you’re planning to sell your home, improving your home’s curb appeal can help your home sell faster. But even homeowners who are planning to stay in their home care about curb appeal. Most of the people who see your home are just passing by and will never see what it looks like on the inside. And when you invite someone over for a visit, your home’s exterior is what makes a first impression. Think your home could use a little facelift? Here are a few of the best projects to help you improve your curb appeal.
Maintain Your Yard
You don’t necessarily need to have elaborate landscaping in your yard to impress the people who see your home. Of course, a well-planned garden with lots of beautiful flowers and plants is very eye-catching, but basic yard maintenance is very important. Simple things like keeping your lawn watered and mowed, trimming back overgrown shrubs and trees, raking leaves, and removing plants or trees that are no longer healthy are all excellent ways to keep up your home’s curb appeal.
Exterior lighting not only helps keep you safe, it can add visual interest to your home’s exterior and help your home stand out even after the sun has set for the day. Small solar-powered lights are perfect for illuminating pathways and won’t drive up your electricity bill. Other exterior light fixtures such as porch lights, lampposts, and other exterior lights don’t have to be terribly expensive and are a great way to enhance the overall style of your home.
Replace Worn Doors and Windows
Doors and windows that are old and worn out can really drag down a home’s curb appeal. Even if everything else about your home’s exterior looks great, windows and doors that are past their prime will detract from the beauty of everything else. Simply giving your front door a new coat of paint can work wonders to boost your home’s exterior. Completely replacing your door not only helps improve your home’s energy efficiency, if you’re planning to sell your home soon, a new front door typically has a great return on investment. Getting vinyl replacement windows will also help significantly improve your home’s curb appeal and your home’s energy efficiency.
Update Your Hardware
Sometimes, it’s the little things that make a big difference. Switching out some of your old hardware like house numbers, mailbox, or door handle on your door can really help your house stand out. None of these things are terribly expensive to replace, but they can help give a new dimension to your home’s exterior.