Trying to attract the attention of potential homebuyers? Two words: curb appeal. The outside of your home is where most people will make their first impression, meaning your entryway, garden and other outdoor features must be top notch. Here are eleven cost effective tips to improve your home’s curb appeal quickly.
Decorate Your Door
When it comes to improving your home’s curb appeal, the first place you’ll want to start is your front door. As far as outdoor features go, the front door is your home’s proverbial centre piece, meaning all eyes will be on it. If you can’t install a nice, new custom door, you can always throw on a fresh coat of paint, making sure to polish the metal fixtures also. This will work wonders for your home’s curb appeal.
Hike Up Your Hardware
If you’re finding that your door’s metal fixtures, such as the knob, knocker and hinges, are all a bit out of date, you may be better off replacing them. Same goes for your house numbers, mailbox and overhead light. This is your opportunity to improve your entryway and establish a stylish aesthetic.
Put In Some Potted Plants
Gussy up your front entrance with a number of potted plants. This will go a long way when you want to improve your home’s exterior, introducing a colourful and cute feel. It doesn’t need to be difficult either. Head to your nearest garden centre for some ready-made potted plants.
Brighten Up Your Backyard
Whether you want to add accent lighting to the trees, lamp posts to your walkway, or a fancy installation on the porch, outdoor lighting will brighten up your yard and improve its look and feel.
Introduce Outdoor Art
Your yard is a lot like an empty canvas...it’s just waiting for you to add a little colour. Introduce some weather resistant outdoor art, such as birdbaths, sculptures, fountains or wind chimes. Make sure they’re set somewhere that others can see them from the street.
Replace Gutters and Downspouts
On Vancouver Island, our gutters have gone through the wringer, what with all the heavy rain and wind we’ve been experiencing. So it goes without saying that there’s a good chance they’ve been left with peeling paint, rust spots or other mechanical problems. Replace your old systems with new ones, or, at the very least, unclog them as quickly as you can!
In the same way a fresh coat of paint can brighten up any bedroom, giving your home’s exterior a makeover will uplift the look of your house.
Redo Your Driveway
Don’t worry, when it comes to redoing your driveway, you don’t have to start from scratch. If there are any cracks, stains or weeds running wild, you can simply repair those areas. If you’re in need of more room, you can always add stone, brick or pavers to the sides to widen the area.
Work in a Walkway
What good is a fantastic looking front door without a proper walkway leading to it? A well thought out walkway will make your home seem much more inviting for buyers and other interested individuals.
Restore those Railings
Porch railings have a tendency to wear down in heavy rain when not properly protected. If you plan on replacing them, keep an eye out for quality wood or metal components.
Shingle All the Way
Replacing your roof isn’t exactly an inexpensive home improvement project, but if it’s beginning to look worse for wear, it will 100% be worth it. Not only will it improve the look of your house, but it’ll increase the value overall.
It’s amazing how a little bit of hard work can improve your home’s curb appeal dramatically. Each of these projects are sure to increase your property’s value, as well as shorten the time it takes for you to sell. On the flip side, if you’re simply looking for some fun DIY projects, these will certainly be a great use of your time. For those looking to buy or sell, don’t hesitate to reach out. Contact me today!