Whether you are looking to place your home on the market for sale and want to increase its value, or just want to update your facade, there are many ways you can give your house more curb appeal without breaking the bank.
The first step to improving the look of your home is taking a good look at it from across the street. When you’re paying more attention to the appearance of your house, you are likely to discover some things that may put off a prospective buyer, such as overgrown shrubs, an unkempt lawn, peeling paint, or a few weeds.
Whether you want to spend more time outside or make a great first impression for a prospective buyer, here are some ideas to fix the appearance of your home with a little time, money, and effort.
- Paint the front doorPainting your main entry door can add some brightness and revive the front of your home. Choose a bold paint colour that makes your home stand out and matches other colours on the exterior of your house. There is an interesting app that gives you an idea of what different colours would look like called ‘Front Door Paint’.
If your door still doesn’t look great, try giving it a good scrub to reveal the underlying beauty. Or pressure clean the main door, screen door, steps, and railings.
- Update your porch lightingChoosing the right lighting accessories can make a huge difference in the overall look of your house. If you don’t have any lights in front of your door, consider installing some. Updating old light fixtures or installing new ones is a fairly inexpensive and easy process with numerous options to choose from.
Keep in mind the type or style of your home when purchasing a new fixture to ensure that the new blends flawlessly with the existing. Also make sure that you choose the right size of lighting fixtures. Many consumers looking to improve their outdoor lighting often make the mistake of buying fixtures that are too small for their home.
As a rule-of-thumb, the height/size of the lighting fixture for your main door or entryway should be a factor in the height of the opening or door. So, if you decide to install a single side lantern, its size should be about one-third the height of the door. On the other hand, if you choose to install two lights on either side of the entry door, you can choose slightly smaller pieces measuring about a quarter of the height of the main door.
- Update door accessoriesYour main door is not only the first part of your home that visitors and prospective buyers encounter, but also the last point of interaction with your home. As such, you should try to reinforce the positive impression made with the rest of your property by replacing flimsy or worn door hardware with up-to-date accessories. Generally, any glass in your door should be clean and sparkling, and so should the accessories.
For instance, you can opt for a porcelain, hardwood, brass, or reproduction cut-glass knob to draw attention to a rather conventional entry door and heighten the perception of value. The hardware should portray the feeling of quality, providing reassurance about the value of the property.
You may consider placing an appealing brass peephole in your main door for screening visitors. Make sure you don’t compromise on the quality of any door accessories, as inexpensive items can cause the door to appear cheap.
- Upgrade the front-facing windows by adding window boxesAdding window boxes is a cost-effective way to spruce up your windows, regardless of whether or not you intend to sell your home. The exterior of your home can look attractive and inviting by changing out the flowers seasonally to give the front of your home an ever-changing personality.
When installing a window box, ensure that it extends the entire length of the window. A small window box will likely have the opposite effect on your curb appeal. For the material, copper is a great choice as it looks quite high-end.
Even with a quality window box, you must ensure that the flowers inside are healthy and blooming. Ensure regular watering, with the help of a self-watering reservoir that can hold irrigation water for about two weeks.
- Add a front stoopAdding some pots of plants and flowers to your front porch will make it appear more inviting. If you also have window boxes, you should try matching and layering the plants to give your front a uniform and bold look.
There are a few other cost-effective ways to improve your curb appeal, like:
- Adding tiles to a plain concrete entryway
- Adding a stylish door knocker
- Upgrading the garage door by applying a wood stain to give it a rustic feel
- Camouflaging unsightly electrical boxes and your AC unit
- Revamping the welcome mat
- Refreshing your mailbox
- Getting rid of weeds / mowing the lawn
There are many small things you can do to improve the look of your home. Simply put yourself in the shoes of a buyer and see what things would cause you to reconsider.