5 Ways to Increase Your Home’s Curb Appeal

Sonia Figueroa
Sonia Figueroa
Published on February 19, 2019

5 Ways to Increase Your Home’s Curb Appeal

If you’re getting ready to sell your home or just want it to look a little nicer from the outside, increasing curb appeal is a surefire way to get what you want. Some inexpensive fixes and quick home maintenance projects will have you well on your way to a beautiful exterior. Here are five of the best ways to increase your home’s curb appeal.

1. Don’t be afraid of color

Whether you give the entire house a fresh coat of paint or just add a pop of color to the front door, adding a refreshing color to the front of your home can make a big difference. In addition to painting the exterior of your home, consider giving a fresh coat of paint to the front steps and garage door. Don’t be shy about the colors, in lots of countries they believe red is the color a door should be because it shows hospitality. Some of the other colors are orange and this represents your a social butterfly or the color blue which represents calm and peace. Regardless adding a new door will give a home buyer the best first impression before walking in.

Bring in the Color to your new Door

You can pay a professional painter, save money by doing it yourself, or enlist a handy friend to help you out. Before you start painting, make sure the color you’ve chosen doesn’t clash terribly with the rest of the homes on your street or you might get some complaints from the neighbors. Check with your neighborhood Homeowners’ Association (if you have one) for any rules and regulations regarding painting the outside of your home. Some Chicago suburb municipalities also require permitting in order for you to change your door because it will mess up th landscape of the community.

2. Improve landscaping

If you have a lawn, be sure to keep it looking its best by adding shrubs, flowers, and shade trees, fertilizing on a seasonal basis, killing weeds, and keeping the grass short. Plant some azalea bushes or a lemon tree or consider hanging some ferns from the front porch for a more charming feel. Clean up the walkway to your front door, add a rock garden to your backyard, or put up a trellis with some climbing roses or ivy. If the front of your home has wide windows, consider installing some window boxes for easy maintenance.

I cannot tell you how many times I have gone to show homes and the landscaping looks dreadful. Not to mention if you have a pet and they poop all of the grass and YOU don’t pick it up it leaves a total wrong impression. Be a responsible homeowner it really makes a difference and makes it look like you care about your home.

Pick up after your pet please

3. Make some simple upgrades

In addition to landscaping, there are a few other things you can do in a weekend to help boost curb appeal. Power wash the outside of your house and change the front door hardware from old brass to something more matte and modern. Check your alarm system, front porch lights, and garage door to make sure they’re functioning properly. If you notice that they need to be repaired or replaced, have a technician fix them as soon as possible or see if your home warranty can cover these fixes for a limited or no cost.

Check your gutters and make sure they are not falling down. Also the gutter extensions can be all over the place due to the snow and rain they move, place them in a way they are not taking over the grass. Make sure the shingles of your roof are not curled up home buyers tend to look at the roof as soon as they get out the car to check out the exterior of your home. If you have a gate at the gangway make sure it is functioning. Often when showing homes I bump into locks that are broken or chain link fences that have holes in them.

4. Put away eyesores

Hang up the garden hose or store it in a basket, camouflage the electrical units by painting them the same color as the house, and hide your AC unit with a small fence. Becareful to have your kids swing sets or toys all over the yard that makes it look very cluttered. Even small things like this make a big difference in the curb appeal of your home.

5. Build something new

Home projects convey that you have put love and care into your home. If you have the time and inclination, you can massively increase curb appeal by tiling the front porch, building a pergola or archway to the front door, erecting a picket fence, or even installing a porch swing. If you’re not very handy, consider swapping out pillows on your front porch chairs or getting new furniture altogether. 

Homebuyers love a deck it’s place to entertain guest or just relax on your own. It doesn’t have to be a huge deck it can be small enough to fit your grill and some patio decor. You can also build a small fire pit, add rope lights to the fence or hang them up high creating a separate space.

One of my clients wanted organic vegetables so she created a veggie planter box filled it up with lettuce, tomatoes and even built a separate box for her dog.

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