How to Improve Your Home’s Curb Appeal

curb appeal

Do you feel like your current home’s exterior view is outdated, or not eye-catching as you want it to be; but you’re contemplating ideas that will make it look modernized?

Or do you need to make your home’s exterior appearance look top-notched to the buyer that you want to sell to?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the questions above, we are happy to present ideas that will improve your home’s curb appeal.

In this article, we will discuss how to improve your home’s curb appeal… keep reading.

What is curb appeal and why is it important?

Your home’s curb appeal is the attractiveness of the exterior of your home, as viewed on the outside from your neighbouring street.

The importance of curb appeal can’t be overrated. Curb appeal is the first thing that onlookers see when they get to your home, so it is what gives them the first impression they get about your home.

Also, the house’s curb appeal can do well to boost its value during bids (or the other way round).

How does curb appeal affect appraisal?

Like the popular saying “first impressions last longer,” your home’s curb appeal goes a long way in how onlookers see your home. Also, your home’s curb appeal alters your home’s value in a long run.

Can you increase curb appeal cheaply?

Whether you can improve your home’s curb appeal at a cheaper or more expensive cost solely depends on what you are doing to improve.

If you’re making minor changes, the costs are relatively low. Similarly, if you’re making major and ‘expensive’ touches, of course, the bill has to shoot up like a rocket being launched.

We’re just kidding – your bill doesn’t have to rise like that. If you’re going with small tweaks, you might be safe with a budget of $30, $40, or $50. If you’re going with big tweaks, you should be thinking about a budget of $100, $200, $300, or even more. It all depends on what you intend to do.

What are some ideas to improve curb appeal?

  • Plant a tree

Plant a tree

One of the most common ways that people improve their home’s curb appeal is to plant a tree.

Planting a tree is arguably a way to make your home welcoming. Beautiful trees are awesome! (Note: Not all trees are beautiful).

We’ve been appraising Mr Tree, but do you just go about and plant a random tree? NO. You need to consider what species of trees will give the beauty you desire. You also need to decide the height of the tree and the location where it will be placed.

The first thing you need to note is that shorter trees generally tend to add more beauty to the landscape than taller trees do. You want to use the tree to only improve your home’s curb appeal, but not to block the building (or else, maybe otherwise). If you feel like you can go with taller trees, it’s also cool.

The second thing to note while choosing the tree to plant is that trees with bright flowers go better than dull ones. We all look it bright, don’t we?

  • Replace the aged roof

Replace the aged roof

If there is one thing that makes a home look new or old, it’s the appearance of the roof. Again, if there’s something that makes a building look classic or atypical, it’s still the appearance of the roof.

If your roofing material is rusted, look at replacing it with a new one which is vintage and of good quality, also so that you won’t have to replace it more often than necessary.

  • Go Green on the Lawn

The quality and health of your lawn go a long way in influencing your home’s curb appeal. It equalizes the overall landscape of your home and also gives the onlookers insight into how arranged your home is.

Three actions you can put in place to improve your lawn’s beauty are listed below:

  • Test your soil’s pH and nutrient levels.
Test your soil's pH and nutrient levels.
  • Repeat similar patterns of the grasses/plants on your lawn (to create harmony).
Repeat similar patterns of the grasses/plants on your lawn (to create harmony).
  • Regular and proper mowing.

Regular and proper mowing.

 

  • Renovate your Driveway

Another way to improve your home’s curb appeal is to tamper with your driveway. Wait! Did we just say ‘tamper’? We aren’t saying that you should mess with your driveway; we meant that you should renovate it. HAHA!

No home exterior environment looks good with a bad-looking driveway. To get a good overall curb appeal for your home, you need to upgrade – or, in some cases, change – your driveway material.

The renovation will render your driveway new again, or at least make it look as new as it could be.

Renovating your driveway is another self-fulfilling idea to pin to your list. Awesome!

Here are some driveway options you can go with:

  • Gravel

    Gravel

  • Concrete

    Concrete

  • Pavers

    Pavers

  • Shell

    Shell

  • Asphalt

    Asphalt

  • Pervious Concrete

    Pervious Concrete

  • Basalt Paver Tiles

    Basalt Paver Tiles

  • Grass

    Grass

  • Brick

    Brick

 

  • Add/replace Lightings

Everyone would agree with us that lightings emanate beauty.

What is worth doing is worth doing well. If lighting makes your home beautiful, shouldn’t you add more lighting? You should.

Now that you know, go to some shopping store and bag yourself some lights!

Don’t forget to experiment with colour combinations of lights, to determine the one(s) that look good to you.

 

  • Upgrade your Front Door

Upgrading your front door may mean two things: repainting it or replacing it. In scenarios where your door is old, weak, and/or worn out, it may be best that you replace the whole thing. We know that replacing your door might take some cash out of your pocket, but having a presentable door is worth it.

However, if your door is still strong and you see no reason to change it, repainting it is the go-to.

Upgrade your Front Door

Have it at the back of your mind that a beautiful front door speaks a lot about your home’s curb appeal.

 

  • Spice up your Window’s Style

Spice up your Window's Style

Aside from having classic shapes, there is a vast variety of ways to spice up your window’s style.

  • Shutter the windows

    Shuttering the windows will make your home cosier. You can go with different styles and materials for the shuttering.

    Tip: Pine is a good wood to start with.

    pine for shuttering windows

  • Mend the Window Screens

    When window screens get damaged, fixing them should be done properly. You can find patch kits at home supply stores. If the damage is severe, you should consider bringing in a professional to fix them for you.

  • Place Window Boxes

    Window Boxes

    As we explained earlier, plants are highly recommended for improving the home’s curb appeal. A set of colourful flowers is not bad to put in your window boxes.

    It is best to use affordable woods that are resistant to decay. A good choice is Cedar.

  • Stylize your House Number

house numbers

Another touch you can make to your home to improve its curb appeal is to stylize your house number.

There are numerous styles, materials, and fonts that give you enough opportunities to beautify your home with a vintage house number. This minimalistic touch is wonderful when used
correctly.

However, you must not trade your house number’s legibility for style.

 

  • Upgrade your Mailbox

modern mailbox

Old mailboxes may look sore to the eyes. Replace that old rinky-dink mailbox with a rustic, cast stone one.

Optionally, you can plant some flowers around the mailbox post.

flowers around mailbox

Now, your mailbox is sweet to the eyes… smile baby 🙂.

 

  • Hide electrical fixtures

Electrical fixtures can stick out like some unwanted pregnancy. Unfortunately, fortunately (either way), they can’t be removed, or else you want a blackout.

A way to solve this is to hide them (or make them less obtrusive) is to blend in the wall paint with their colours, or at least colours that make them look harmoniously.

electrical fixtures

Another way is to place those electrical fixtures (such as cables) in walls during construction, or post-constructions.

 

  • Finally, Repaint

repaint

To improve your home’s curb appeal, you should also consider repainting your house with the same colour you previously used, or with another one. We recently posted on the best house colour schemes: click here to access it.

There is a variety of paints used for different purposes; and through these differences, you can decide which paint to use for specific purposes, and for what reasons.

You don’t know about paints? No need to worry, we at How to Improve Home always got you covered!

There are two common types of paints used in buildings: Latex paints and Oil paints.

LATEX OIL
Durability Lasts longer Lasts shorter
Ease Of Use Easier to use Harder to use
Thickness Thinner Thicker
Finish Matte finish Smoother finish
Brittleness Flexible More likely to chip
Stain More easily stained Not easily stained
Dry Time About 3 hours Days to weeks
Application Better to use on walls and ceilings Better to use on woods and metals
  • Here is the takeaway:

    KIC – Keep It Clean!

    A dirty exterior makes a negative theme of your home’s overall curb appeal. It makes even bigger negative impressions on the onlookers about what the interior of your home looks like.

    • Regularly carry out your environmental sanitation.
    • Always get rid of bushes and weed plants around your home.
    • Keep your equipment in the store, not littered around your compound.
    • Regularly clean nearby gutters.
    • Repair cracks and worn-outs on your walls.
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Conclusion

Improving your home’s curb appeal will take some effort as well as time to get your taste. Yet, it is a rewarding process in that it makes your home look welcoming to the onlookers – after all, your home’s exterior is the first thing seen, before your interior.

In related regard, a good curb appeal can do a lot to increase your home’s value for bidding.

So why are you delaying it? Start using our tips to improve your home’s curb appeal today.

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