With spring around the corner (really, it is!) potential homebuyers are going to be checking out your home’s lawn, garden, and exterior. A well maintained house on the outside increases the chance that homebuyers will want to see what’s inside. After all, first impressions are everything!
Don’t worry – you don’t have to go out and purchase all new siding and install brand new fencing. There are a lot of simple, inexpensive and quick ways to improve your curb appeal in as little as a day, a week, or a month. Whether it’s getting muddy in the garden or whipping out the paint brush, there are a ton of options to up your outdoor ante and increase your home’s curb appeal.
1. Painting your front door
Having an accent-coloured front door is a trend that is continuing into 2017. It will definitely make home buyers want to see what’s behind it! Small accents really make your house’s exterior pop, and painting a door is a cheap, quick way to give the exterior of your home a vibrant, inviting feel. You can also consider painting the trim, shutters, or any other accents the same colour as the door, if it fits your home’s style.
2. Spruce up your house number
Taking the time to spruce up your house number can really add a nice touch to the exterior of your home. House numbers come in a variety of styles at the home improvement store, and you can add them to the driveway, entry way, or side of your home. You can even get creative and put them on something special, such as a nice slab of rock, wood to accent a country style feel, or place them on a simple flowerbox.
3. Install exterior lighting
Whether it’s a trail of lights up to the front door, or two new symmetrical lights accenting the door, exterior lighting goes a long way for curb appeal. For a simple installation, consider using with solar light fixtures along the path to your front door.
4. Flowerboxes and gardens
While it’s important to have a well-manicured lawn, there are also accent touches you can add to beautify your front yard. Garden centres offer a great variety of gorgeous ready-made planters for both sun and shade. Hanging plants also go a long way to adding colour to your exterior décor.
5. Outdoor seating
Nothing says “Welcome Home” like outdoor seating. If you have space on the front porch or even just on the lawn, two rocking chairs or Muskoka chairs with a small table can really add a cozy, homely feel to your exterior. A bench will also do if you’re tight on space, or even just try adding one chair with a nice little table on the side. In an afternoon, you can paint some of your outdoor furniture to match your newly painted front door
6. Hide any unsightly fixtures
Taking the time to fence in your AC unit, or paint your electrical boxes, can really make a difference. Grab some hardware or fencing and make a little shelter for your garbage and recycling too. Out of sight, out of mind.
7. Pressure wash!
The magic of a pressure washer is really something every homeowner must experience. It’s a great way to brighten your siding, cement and concrete, garage door, and driveway. If you have brick, a good pressure wash can really give it some new life. You can rent one and spend your day satisfyingly pressure washing the dirt away.
8. Don’t forget the finishing touches
Take the time to stand outside and fix the little things that matter – replacing a torn window screen, swapping out an old “Welcome” mat, upgrading a dated mailbox. Little touches can go a long way when you’re attracting home buyers – put a layer of rocks around your garden, repaint the garage door, spray paint your iron fixtures to give it a facelift.
The exterior of your home is such an important part of the overall look and feel of your place, and adding curb appeal is so easy to accomplish. It’s the first thing potential homebuyers will see and the last impression they’ll have as they walk out the front door after viewing your place. Putting small, finishing touches on the exterior of your home is a smart way to get your home noticed.