First impressions are important. Curb appeal is the first impression that your house will give a potential buyer and any guests. Curb appeal is important because your house will give off an impression simply based on the appearance. If the outside of your home is a little messy, and you know the yellow you painted your house with five years ago is a little faded, then it’s time for a home makeover.
Replace Your Roof
One way to boost your curb appeal is to replace your roof. If your roof is old, and shingles have been blown off, then it is time to replace it. Even if your roof isn’t falling apart, a new material can completely remake the look of your house. Instead of shingles, try sheet metal, ceramic tiles or other types of roofing materials. Sheet metal roofs have risen in popularity because they are durable, recyclable, and they get rid of snow and ice very easily. A new roof can completely redo your house’s look.
Pressure Wash Your Exterior
Another way to burst curb appeal is to clean your exterior, especially cleaning by pressure washing. Pressure washing gets rid of all the dirt and grime that’s built up over time and restores the exterior to its original bright color. It costs a few hundred dollars as one typically hires someone who is trained to power wash your home or rents the equipment to DIY it. It can be labor intensive, especially if it’s been a while since your house last received a power wash. The result, however, is worth it.
Paint Your Home
Power washing is great for another thing—it prepares you to paint your house. A fresh coat of paint can completely transform the exterior of your home, and greatly boost your curb appeal. Painting your house is another labor-intensive project as you will need ladders, paint, brushes, and plenty of time to get all areas of your house’s exterior. Be aware of what season you are painting in. Painting is typically best in early summer and early fall. Painting in the heat of the summer can be detrimental to your health. But when you put that new coat of paint on, you’ll be surprised as to how good your house looks.
Install New Doors
Another thing you can do is install new doors. This includes front doors and garage doors. Changing the doors can greatly change the aesthetic of your home, but it can also be good for other things. For example, using low-e glass doors minimizes UV light that enters your home. A nice-looking garage door can make your home look more modern and greatly boost your curb appeal.
Design a New Walkway
In addition to changing the door, change the walkway up to the door. If your home does not have a clear path to the front door, consider getting stones or pavers to create a pathway to the door. A clear pathway to the door that is free of cracks in the sidewalk and weeds, looks appealing and inviting. A clear pathway can also make your home inviting in the wintertime because there is a clear path that’s been shoveled for guests to follow to the door. If your walkway is currently broken, cracked, or missing, you will want to design a new one. You want your walkway to look enticing so that people will want to come and visit your home.
Replace the Windows
Another area where you can improve the curb appeal is by replacing the windows. Windows can get old after a while, and they can also let in a lot of UV light which can be damaging for your health. When looking for new windows, find windows that block UV light and are energy efficient. Energy efficient windows can save you money in the future. Once you have replaced your windows, take good care of them and clean them often so that they can continue looking nice for years to come.
The entryway of your home is the first part guests see when they come up to the doorway. Decorating the entryway is a fun way to add personality to the home, but you don’t want to go overboard or you might make guests feel uncomfortable. Have a clear, pleasant looking entryway that makes guests want to come in. This could include a cute welcome sign, a little friendly statue piece, or a waiting bench for guests to sit on. Keep your entryway looking nice by cleaning it regularly. Sweeping your entryway goes a long way to making it look nice for company.
The landscape of your house is important to curb appeal. If your lawn is dead, even if your house is in pristine condition, it can look unattractive at the curb. Landscaping involves weeding your yard and putting down fertilizer. If you have trees, landscaping also involves trimming the trees back and mulching them when they need it. Landscaping includes keeping the grass green (sprinklers) and short (mowing). There are a lot of elements to landscaping, but landscaping can greatly boost the curb appeal of your house, which is why it’s important to invest in your yard.
Redo the Driveway
Another area to consider redoing is the driveway. If your driveway is cracked, it can ruin the look of your home. There are numerous materials to use for your driveway. Some driveways can be installed if you do it yourself, but others require professional assistance to do correctly. A driveway matters to the overall look of your home, which is why it’s important to maintain the driveway and keep it looking nice.
Curb appeal is an important part to any home. You want your house to look inviting, and the exterior of your house is the first thing that guests see. If you are looking to sell your house, or you just want your home to have better curb appeal, give your home a makeover.
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