Curb appeal is extremely important not only to resale value and the likelihood of selling a property, but also to the overall look and feel of a home. Potential homebuyers judge homes within the first few seconds of glancing at them. Therefore, if the outside of your home doesn’t grab their attention, then you may have already lost them—no matter how pristine the inside of the house is, Step up your game (and home value) with these simple tips for boosting curb appeal.
As we just mentioned, the front of your house is the first thing people will see—it’s what they’ll base their judgments on. As such, if your outdoor space is a little lacking, try making a few easy updates. Make sure any grass is healthy and well-trimmed, and consider a new material for your driveway or even an update to your deck or front porch. Plenty of landscaping ideas can help boost your curb appeal, so pick a few and get started on them.
Spring cleaning shouldn’t just refer to your junk drawer and the dreaded attic clear-out. Make sure to power wash your outdoor surfaces; wipe down your patio furniture; and clear dust, dirt, and dead bugs off your garage door. All these little changes can make a huge difference. If you really want to go above and beyond, clean out your gutters, too.
If your garage door is loud, unreliable, or simply outdated, it can have a negative effect on your home’s curb appeal. Look into a more modern option, or find one that fits the desired feel of your home. If you live in a mid-century modern home, for example, a rustic barn-style garage door may not be fitting. Use your best judgment, and keep in mind what’s best for your longer-term goals: for instance, do you plan to sell soon? Will potential buyers like the door you picked?
Outdoor lights are a great way to lead the eyes at night. Line your paths with updated light fixtures. Just as with the garage door, try to choose lanterns or lamps to fit your home’s feel and design. Keep current trends in mind: gold fixtures are becoming less popular, while silver and bronze are on the rise. If you’re not planning to sell soon, get whichever fixtures stand out to you.