A Little Curb Appeal Goes A Long Way With Your Home Value

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Whether you’re looking to sell your home, or you simply see it for the investment that it is and want to make sure that it’s accumulating value and not losing any potential future profit, one of the best things you can do to enhance its sale value is to improve its curb appeal. There are a lot of projects, little and large, you can invest in to do just that, and here, we’re going to look at a few of them.

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Landscaping and Garden Maintenance

If you’re looking to make the biggest impact, enhancing your curb appeal through landscaping and gardening can work a treat. Keeping your lawn neat, trimming your hedges, and growing bright flower beds can vastly improve the perception of your property. Routine care such as regular mowing, weeding, and edging the pathways make a home immediately stand out as more welcoming. Growing a host of flowers and shrubs can layer in color and texture, but you can also invest in stone placements, raised beds, retaining walls, mulch, and more to polish the look even further.

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Updating the Front Door

The eyes are always drawn to the front door, usually, it’s the first of the home’s exterior features that catch the eye. You can dramatically improve the impression it leaves on the viewer by painting it in a bold, complementary color, and further enhance the entryway to make it even more welcoming still. For instance, some choose to hang flower baskets around the door, while others will surround it with decorative lighting, or improve its hardware, such as with a stylish new knocker or house number. Your door can offer a much stronger welcome to anyone who visits.

Improving the Driveway and Walkways

The driveway might play a predominantly practical role in the exterior, but if it looks poorly maintained, people may assume the same of your home. You can repair or resurface the driveway to diminish cracked or uneven surfaces, or you can replace it entirely with materials like concrete, pavers, or asphalt. You should also pay attention to your walkways, repairing them as necessary and investing in a pressure washer (or a rental) to clean away any dirt, dust, or plant debris that can stick to it over time. Enhancing the edges of driveways and walkways with plants or decorative borders can add a finishing touch, making these areas more visually appealing.

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Refreshing Exterior Paint and Siding

Your home can look old and faded as a result of peeling or cracked paint. Take the time to refresh it with a new coat of paint, choosing a color scheme that either complements its surrounding features or adds a new sheen of modern brightness to it.  If you can’t paint your exterior and siding, then you might want to bring a power washer to at least wash away the dirt and grime. For homes with siding, keep an eye out for damaged sections that you can repair or replace to ensure they don’t stand out or let the appearance down. 

Adding Outdoor Lighting

Lighting can do a lot to improve the appeal of any home. Posting lights alongside landscaping elements can highlight them, and also make the garden safer to navigate in the dark. Some will also use accent lights to offer visibility to trees, shrubs, or other decorative elements in the garden. External lighting isn’t just an aesthetic concern, either, it’s a security feature. Well-lit exteriors deter potential intruders, after all. By enhancing visibility and highlighting attractive features of your property, outdoor lighting significantly boosts curb appeal and adds to the overall value of your home.

Replacing Your Windows

The windows are often referred to as the “eyes of the home” and taking the time to update and modernize them can immediately boost the aesthetic of the home. Of course, they also showcase a level of investment in the comfort of the home, improving energy efficiency and reducing power bills, which may attract the more eco-friendly buyers that are on the market. High-quality additions from a window replacement company with stylish frames and glass options can enhance the overall style, making the home more appealing. Just make sure that you carefully consider the architectural fit of any window styles you choose for the home.

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Enhancing the Front Porch

The front porch is a big draw for a lot of homes, creating a welcoming, warm space that people want to spend time in. With the addition of comfortable benches, chairs, and soft furnishings, you can make the space inviting and functional. There are a host of decorative changes you can make, as well, from plants to welcome mats, not to mention novel furniture like a porch swing to give it a unique appeal. Improving the livability of outdoor spaces, like your porch, with lighting, heating, or a ceiling fan can do a lot to make it more attractive, too.

Installing Fencing and Gates

While as much a security and practical choice as anything, the right fences and gates can add a lot of aesthetic value to the home, as well. Consider the type of boundary that best fits your home’s architectural style, whether it’s a classic picket fence, a fancy wrought iron option, or a more modern-looking slat fence. The gate should, naturally, match the fence as well.

Maintaining the Roof and Gutters

While it might not be the first place that any potential viewers look, people are going to look up at the roof and gutters eventually, so you want to make sure that they’re in good condition to weather some scrutiny.  Once a year, you should inspect the roof to make sure it has no missing or damaged tiles, and you should clean the gutter out more regularly, not only to help the home look clean but to prevent leaks due to water blockages.

Alongside the kitchen and bathroom, the exterior of the home is one of the parts of it that most directly contributes to its value. It also plays a vital role in attracting buyers in the first place. It may be time to give it the care and attention it needs.

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