People always say not to judge a book by its cover. However, when it comes to houses, people do judge the cover; many times, more than the inside. Homebuyers want a house that they can be proud to come home to at the end of the day. More than likely, if the outside of the home is not appealing, they won’t want to bother looking inside. Simple changes to the front appearance of your home can make all the difference in getting a homebuyer to consider purchasing your home.
Another great way to decide what improvements should be done, is to stand outside and really take some time to examine it. Pretend that you were about to purchase the house, and had never seen it. What things would you want changed? You can also have a friend you trust stand out with you and give some honest feedback. If you don’t know where to start, here are some great ways to increase your homes curb appeal:
A freshly painted door is a must. Perhaps you should change it to a hardwood door, or change the finish to glossy instead of matte. Again, you want to make sure that the front door choice matches the style of your home.
Porch furniture is a great way to add instant curb appeal to your home. This is because you want the outside of the home to look inviting, and this is a great simple way to achieve that. Read: 6 Ways to Get Instant Curb Appeal For Less Than $100.
Lighting is very important when it comes to a homes curb appeal. Consider updating lighting fixtures. Perhaps you should use sconces, a pendant light, or recessed lighting. There are endless choices when it comes to porch lighting, but the important goal is to make sure that the lighting is updated, and matches the homes theme.
Consider adding a bold accent that immediately attracts the viewers eye. Perhaps interesting fabric on the porch chairs, or a bright front door.
Perhaps your home needs a new driveway or some concrete built-in planters, or a new pathway. While these changes are much more of an investment than the other ideas on this list, they should be seriously considered if your current driveway or any pathways are uneven, or missing altogether. See: 12 Upkeep Ideas to Add Curb Appeal.
The Side Yard
It is essential to have a kept side yard; perhaps you need to add attractive fencing, clear out any weeds, or add a new pathway to the back yard. Whatever the need be, it is imperative that the side yard is neat and clean.
The Front Lawn
The importance of a nice front lawn is obvious. Instead of having a bare front lawn, consider planting fresh flowers. This will, again, make the home look more inviting.
The appearance of the garage door is just as important as the front door. If you need a new garage door altogether, or if it just needs fresh paint, it is important to do so. You don’t want a freshly painted door, and a garage with chipping paint.
The Porch Floor
If your front porch is looking dull, and the old paint is cracking, it is important to re-do it. Perhaps it needs to be stripped and completely repainted, or it just needs fresh paint in general. Whatever the case, the front porch appearance is vital.
The Door Hardware
While this difference may seem small, it isn’t. A new door knocker, or a new knobs are an easy, quick way to improve your homes curb appeal.
Flowers & Plants
It is important to have attractive plants and pots around the home. You don’t need to spend a lot of money here (unless the yard has no landscaping at all), the important thing is that there are some nice touches in the yard. Choose plants that reflect the area you live in, and are not too different from the other homes. If you live in a rural area, you don’t want palm trees along the driveway. For further reading, see this article on 10 Curb Appeal Tips From the Pros.