The first thing anyone notices when seeing your home for the first time is how it looks as they drive up your street, or in industry jargon, the curb appeal. First impressions can be lasting and the way your property looks from the outside has a key role to play, especially if you are interested in putting your house on the market and want to attract buyers. If you want a great price for your property, mere cosmetic touches won’t do, you will have to invest time and money on repairs and beautification.
Whether you want to give your house a makeover before you put it on the market, or you just want to smarten the exterior for your home, here are some home improvement projects that will add pizzazz to your property.
The most common killer of curb appeal is a shabby unkempt lawn space. Fortunately this is also one of the easiest things to fix. Trim any wild, overgrown shrubs and bushes, making sure that any windows are not obscured from view. Mow the lawn and place planters. If the front of your home is barren, consider adding grass. Adding greenery helps a home look more inviting. Add flagstones to an old existing walkway to spruce up old boring concrete.
Paint or Pressure Wash
If you have the dough in your budget, nothing beats a professional paint job, making your home look as good as new! However if funds are an issue, consider doing it yourself. But if you don’t want to commit that time or energy, you can borrow or rent a pressure washer. Pressure washing is an excellent and quick way to remove built up dirt from walls, decks, patios, driveways, and even the roof to make everything look fresh. The entire process is also super satisfying.
Highlight the Architecture
If you have an older home, you may have some hidden gems in the form or architecture that may be hidden by overgrowth or paint. Look for anything structural that can be emphasized like gables or pediments. Enhancing these details adds an old school charm to your property, like a gable trim. Just ensure that these old structures are not showing signs of deterioration with age, like bowing in gables. In this case some minor repairs like having gable end wall ties installed will have them in ship shape in no time.
Add Bold Accents
Don’t be afraid to go bold. Bold accents outside your home can boost the curb appeal of your home. Bold pops of colour, like a brightly hued front door, invite attention. You may also add other interesting flourishes like bright window boxes or a contrasting trim to make your home be more noticeable. Adding tasteful outdoor art can also add whimsy and humour, but be careful you’re your selections and don’t go overboard. Avoid anything over ostentatious and opt for sleek, modern and understated fixtures like a bench, birdbath, or small sculpture to highlight any inconspicuous spots.
Extend your porch and deck
Enhancing your outdoor space can make a big impression. Adding on to porches and decks does not require major construction, but, it seriously improves curb appeal. Add some seating to the space and et viola! You have just increased the liveable space of your property.