If you're selling your house, why not grab prospective buyers immediately with powerful and enticing exterior shots that beckon the buyers inside? Curb appeal is extremely important for prospective buyers. On the other hand, maybe you’re not selling your home at all and just want to give your place a face-lift. Either way, there are plenty of easy -- and relatively affordable -- ways you can boost your home’s curb appeal and increase the value of your home.
Paint or upgrade your front door
A standard front door is fine but hit your front door with a new coat of paint. A white house with a red door screams Hampton chic. Stucco exterior with a teal door is suddenly desert-inspired. Experiment with different swatches to find a color that best suits your exterior. You can complete the job in an afternoon for less than $100 in paint.
Power wash the exterior
Power washing the exterior of your home will get rid of all the dirt, grime, leaves, and gunk that have accumulated on your home. There are plenty of services that will do this for you, which will cost you a few hundred bucks. Professional cleaners can also clean your windows and vents as well. You can also buy or rent a pressure washer yourself, which attaches to your garden hose -- just make sure to follow all instructions, avoid windows and vents, and always use the required eye protection. Don’t forget to wash the rain gutters while you’re at it too.
Add flowers and greens
It’s amazing how foliage increases a home’s value. Plant seasonal flowers and always make sure your lawn is green and well-maintained. If planting flowers is too much labor or the soil needs a total overhaul -- you can add potted plants or trees, flower boxes, or hanging greens. You can even line your entryway with potted fruit trees if you want.
Update your house numbers
Swap out those standard issue house numbers for something chic, modern, and cool. The numbers themselves only cost around $7 each and you can easily replace them in an hour or two with some basic hammer-and-nail know-how. Brushed metallic house numbers set against a wood-paneled backdrop have a modern, but masculine vibe. Painted house numbers can look artistic. A DIY house number + plantar can be a welcome addition too.
Stain your garage door
Did you know you can stain garage doors to mimic wood paneling? Replacing a garage door is an expensive ordeal, but for less than the cost of a can of paint, you can transform a plain aluminum garage door into one with a faux woodgrain finish.
Invest in outdoor furniture
Outdoor living spaces scream luxury. It makes the most sense to adorn a backyard with a private sitting and eating area, but the front yard often has tons of unused real estate that you could populate with outdoor furniture. Invest in a rocking chair, a hanging swing or bench, Adirondack chairs, or even a small patio set. If you create a welcoming sitting area out front or on the porch, it conveys the message that the homeowners live a relaxing life. If you don’t have a porch, section off a portion of the front yard with flagstone or potted plants to create a cozy and designated sitting area.
Fix any small issue
No matter how enticing your patio swing is or how much your teal door pops, none of that will matter if the paint is chipping or there are small holes in the exterior. Plus, you’ll need to repair any issues before you pressure clean the house, so it’s a good idea to repair anything that needs it before you start your curb appeal overhaul.
Another easy issue that most people face is the collection of junk. Try to minimize your outdoor space and throw out anything you don't need. There's no reason to keep those old, rotted planter boxes. Give your space a clean look!
You don’t have to spend a lot of money or time to spruce up the exterior of your home. Whether you’re trying to entice buyers or just want to live welcoming space -- amping your home’s curb appeal is always a good idea.