First impressions make all the difference. Here are DIY tips on how to add curb appeal and add value to your home.
Maybe you have been thinking of selling or maybe you just want to drive the neighbours mad with envy, either way, adding curb appeal to your home will achieve both ends. The good news is that this is very easy to do. There are dozens of little improvements you can make that will have an impressive compounding effect to how your home looks from the outside. The even better news is that many of these things are not as expensive as you would think. Here are a few things you can try on for curb appeal size.
Get into a little gardening
We know, it doesn’t sound like something you would rather do on the weekend, not while Man-U is playing Chelsea. But once the games are done and dusted, maybe you should get into a little gardening? Landscaping is one of the best ways to add incredible curb appeal to your home. Make your lawn as beautiful as the turf at Old Trafford and add a few flower pots to boot. This is an aesthetic aspect of curb appeal that is not only great for the environment but wonderful for the price of your home too.
Go crazy creative when it comes to exterior light fixtures
As much as you want your exterior light fixtures to be functional, i.e. make the walkway safer, you should also consider getting a little creative with them. Having dull light fixtures add no character to your curb appeal. Find fixtures that have the same mounting systems as the ones you already have so you do not have to pay extra for an electrical fitting, but also get some that have character so that the exterior lights do more than just light the way.
Pressure wash everything that is outside
Give you deck, front porch and sidewalk a facelift by pressure washing the grime off these areas. This is not only very cost effective but also hygienic. If you do not own a pressure washer, all you have to do is hire one and get this done. You will not believe how of a difference this will make to your curb.
Now, apart from these little nifty ideas on how to add curb appeal to your home, you need to realise that how effective these steps depend on how well you maintain them once they have been put into place. You will have to clean the porch once in a while, rake the leaves from your awesome garden and make sure that the light fixtures are polished and bright every now and again. Of course, it goes without saying that you will need to add a fresh coat of paint to the exterior of your home from time to time.
You know, just to make it look new and shiny. It is all a matter of creativity. Look at it from a buyers perspective and tick off all the things you would like to see as curb appeal if you were buying the house yourself.