You've probably heard the term before. It's the attractiveness of the exterior of a property, as viewed from the street. Essentially, it is how appealing your home looks on its own and compared to the other houses on the street. Having curb appeal matters when selling your home: It can increase the market value and makes your home more competitive against other houses for sale. It is what potential buyers will see first, and the first impression is really important, you want to make the most out of it. The good new is that you don't have to spend a fortune to ensure that the outside of your home looks as nice as the inside. Here is how to boost the curb appeal of your home.
Pick-up: Remove all debris from the lawn, driveway and borders. Sweep your steps and porches. Dust your pergola to remove old spider webs. Clean your and downspout and gutters. Dog owners... you know what to do!
Wash: Use a pressure washer to clean first and debris off paths, driveway and the siding. Be careful not to damage any surface. If you don't own a pressure washer, you could probably borrow one from a friend or rent one at the store. Clean all windows, doors and light fixtures.
Touch-up: Patch or reseal minor cracks on the driveway. Repaint if you want an even better look! If you have wooden windows, remove any peeling paint and repaint them. Give your front door, shutters and garage door a little coat of paint if needed. Make sure there is no damage to the fence and if necessary, add a fresh coat of paint or stain on it. Same for your decks and porches.
Refresh: If you have gardens, remove weeds and fork soil around plants. If you are not a green thumb, add potted plants such as annuals. Give your lawn a little treatment to remove all yellow or mud spot.
Repair: Replace or fix any broken windows. If the siding is damaged, you can probably replace the damaged part to avoid water from going in. Make sure that all lights works.
The little extras
Because all the little details matters.
* Install a new doorknob, knocker and doorbell.
* Paint your front door.
* Add a doormat and seasonal decorations/potted plants.
* Add some flowerbeds in front and beside the house.
* Upgrade your mail box or add a front door mail box.
* Update your your light fixture and add landscape lighting.
* Install new house numbers.
* Paint your foundation and concrete stairways.
* Install DIY Shutters.
* Add a pathway to your front door or around flower beds.
No matter what, at the end of the day, a better looking house will get more interest than a house needing work. You want potential buyers to have a first and only impression of your home to be a positive one! OH! And if you are not planning on selling at all, you should definitely use those tips anyway. Yearly maintenance is the way to go to prevent costly overhauls down the road!
Here are few Before & After I found online to show the impact of little changes. Crazy hmm!?