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Your home’s exterior is the first impression people have of your home. While it’s commonly associated with selling a home, because curb appeal can increase value, curb appeal is important even if you’re not planning on putting your home on the market anytime soon. Creating a beautiful, welcoming home from the outside means positive first impressions, allows people to feel more comfortable approaching your home, and will make you feel more proud of your home.
So whether you’re planning on selling or just want to create a more approachable appearance, curb appeal is what you’ll want to focus on.
Curb appeal is the way your home looks from the street or curb. It can instantly pique a buyer’s interest – or turn them away. Similarly, it can make your neighbors feel comfortable joining you for a backyard BBQ – or make them take a rain check. Your home’s entire exterior contributes to your curb appeal, including your landscaping.
Maintenance is the name of the game when it comes to curb appeal. You can elevate your home’s appearance with routine projects like:
These things are sure to boost your home’s appearance, but there are nearly endless ways to continue adding curb appeal.
Your front door, and your entire entry way, is a big part of your home’s curb appeal. Painting your door, adding new hardware, or even replacing your front door altogether can make all the difference!
A new entry door not only enhances your home’s appearance, modern entry doors are energy efficient and reinforced for extra security. Window World Entry Doors are available in a variety of colors, finishes, and styles to match your home. We also handle installation so you don’t have to worry about anything except picking out your new door!
If your porch lighting, security lights, or deck lighting are outdated or just ho-hum, upgrading them is a quick way to spruce up your outdoor spaces. In addition to looking more modern, upgraded outdoor lighting can really make your landscaping pop at night!
If you have a fenced-in yard, examine your fence. Is it in good condition overall? Does it look like it’s in good condition? If you answered “no” to those questions, it’s a good idea to either repair or replace the fence. If it’s in good condition but just needs a facelift, give it a new coat of paint or stain (if your fence is wood).
It’s no secret that a well-kept lawn looks beautiful and adds curb appeal. Routine mowing and weeding are great, but more elaborate landscaping is a surefire way to add that “wow” factor to your home.
Flower beds with fresh mulch are beautiful and can elevate your lawn, but if you want something a little less involved, look into container gardens. With an array of potted plants, flowers, and even herbs, you can create a welcoming outdoor space.
Outdoor clutter like water hoses, tools, and toys are part of life, but cleaning it up and organizing it will instantly change the look of your home’s exterior. This is also a good opportunity to toss things that are broken beyond repair or sell/donate things you don’t need anymore like toys your children have outgrown.
If you haven’t already, invest in outdoor shelving units, hose hooks, or storage containers to organize everything. Everything will look neater and be easier to find when you need it.
Gutters are a very functional part of your home’s exterior, but they can also be an eyesore if they’re not properly maintained. Thoroughly clean your gutters and replace them if they’re not in good shape. Your home will look nicer and buyers will love not having to worry about the gutters on their new house! (And if you’re not selling, you’ll love not having to worry about them!)
This is one of the more expensive ways to add curb appeal, but it will also give you one of the highest ROIs. New vinyl siding provides insulation and protection from the elements that older siding can’t compete with, especially if that siding is damaged. If your home has vinyl or stone siding that has seen better days, replacing it not only increases your curb appeal, it also makes your home more energy-efficient.
While it’s true a driveway can have cracks and still be fully functional, those cracks aren’t very appealing and can make people wonder about the upkeep of the rest of your home. If you have large cracks or even potholes in your driveway, repairing them is a smart move. It will instantly make your home look nicer and, in the case of potholes, make it safer to drive on.
Your home’s windows contribute to its appearance, but they also change the energy efficiency of your home. Modern vinyl windows are more energy efficient than their aluminum or wooden counterparts. If your windows are more than 15-20 years old, replacing them with new vinyl windows is a great way to add curb appeal and entice potential buyers.
Window boxes are a foolproof way to elevate the exterior of your home. As functional as they are charming, window boxes are attached just under your windows and hold flowers, herbs, or other small plants. You can purchase a window box from nearly any gardening store or home goods store, but making one yourself is easier than you think!
You probably don’t think of your mailbox when you think of exterior home improvements, but it’s definitely something to consider! A new mailbox is like the icing on the cake: it shows you take pride in your home and pay attention to details. Any prospective buyer will love to see that!