Have you ever had an impression of people’s homes when you drive by? How do they look? Do they appeal to you? Are they stylish, bland or something else entirely? You may not be inviting every passer-by to your own home, but you would certainly want it to look smart from their vantage point. Here are some smart ways you can enhance your home’s curb appeal while adding value to it:
Get a New Door
The front door is one of the first things people notice when they see your house. If you have guests or potential buyers, they will certainly get a good look at it as they approach. Make the most of this by getting a solid, stylish door. Add a wreath to it (it doesn’t have to be just for Christmas!) and let the door truly reflect what’s inside.
Create Some Symmetry
Once you have a new door installed, you can place two objects on either side for an enhanced effect: it could be plants, statues or lighting. Lighting (such as lanterns) might be the most practical item to complement your door. Not only is it a good guide for visitors in the evening, but it can match the door itself.
Install Outdoor Lighting
If you have an elaborate yard, then outdoor lighting can certainly compliment it. In the daytime it marks a path to your front door and in the night time it illuminates that path. They also provide a feeling of safety and security for guests.
Create a Garden
A garden is one of the best ways to make your front yard more appealing. You don’t have to plant one from scratch. Ready-made potted plants will do the trick and you can even throw in some flowers (if the weather permits).
Give Your Mailbox a Makeover
Fixing up your mailbox may not seem like much, but you will be amazed at the difference it can make. After all it is in your front yard, so why not spruce it up? You can paint it to match the colour of your home or even replace it with something a little more elegant.
Trim and Prune Your Plants
If you already have plants in your front yard then a little maintenance is important. Spending some time trimming and pruning can do wonders for your front yard and will be noticed by anyone passing by.
Do Some Cleaning
It’s another basic thing but it can go a very long way. There might be items that don’t belong there (kid’s and pet’s toys, lawn mower, broom) and removing them would make a big difference.
Hose the Siding
This might be a bit challenging, so if you don’t think you can do this on your own then there is no shame in calling for professional help. If you can do it yourself, then it’s worth the effort! Bits of tree branches, dirt and moss can build up quickly on the side of the house so the sooner you attend to it the better.
If it is needed, use a bristle brush and scrub as you hose. You can use a combination of water and detergent. If you own your own pressure washer, keep the nozzle moving or you may damage the paint.
If it comes to that, then you shouldn’t be afraid to roll up your sleeves and paint. There are few things that will revitalize a house better than fresh paint. Choose your colours wisely. You can go with the previous colour or you can dare to do something new. Whatever you decide to go with, make sure that it is designed for the outdoors and protects against the elements. A fresh paint job not only boosts the look, but the market value as well.
Create Some Visuals
If you are willing to go the extra mile, then you can have water features, a fence, some rocks, artwork, carvings, and pottery or just about anything that makes the yard stand out. Make sure that your visuals, however, complement your house.
Park Your Car in the Garage
Garages are often seen as extra rooms in the home, but maybe it’s time to put the car back where it belongs. Having a closed (stylish) garage door is a better exterior look than a car parked outside.
Revamping your home is no easy task, but in the end it pays off. You shouldn’t have to decide entirely on your own. There is professional help- especially if you need new doors! We can find a door that matches your home and gives it the value it deserves. Call today for a consultation or come in to view our wide range of selections.