Sellers, if your home has great curb appeal outside, potential buyers will want to see the INSIDE! Here are some great tips to make sure your home looks inviting from the curb. And even if you’re not selling, these are some great ideas for refreshing the look of your home for you and your family to enjoy!
DRESS UP THE FRONT DOOR
Your home’s front entry is the focal point of its curb appeal. Make a statement by giving your front door a blast of color with paint or by installing a custom wood door. Clean off any dirty spots around the knob, and use metal polish on the door fixtures. Your entry should also reflect the home’s interior, so choose a swag or a wreath that reflects your personal style.
REPLACE OLD HARDWARE
House numbers, the entry door lockset, a wall-mounted mailbox, and an overhead light fixture are all elements that can add style and interest to your home’s exterior curb appeal. If they’re out of date or dingy, your home may not be conveying the aesthetic you want. These elements add the most appeal when they function collectively, rather than as mix-and-match pieces. Oiled-bronze finishes suit traditional homes, while brushed nickel suits more contemporary ones.
INSTALL OUTDOOR LIGHTING
Low-voltage landscape lighting makes a huge impact on your home’s curb appeal while also providing safety and security. Fixtures can add accent lighting to trees or the house or can illuminate a walking path. If you aren’t able to use lights that require wiring, you can install solar fixtures.
CREATE AN INSTANT GARDEN
Container gardens add a welcoming feel and colorful curb appeal to any home exterior — quickly and affordably. You can buy ready-made containers from garden centers or create your own with your favorite plants. For most landscapes, a staggered, asymmetrical arrangement works best to create a dynamic setting.
DO A MAILBOX MAKEOVER
Mailboxes should complement the home and express the homeowner’s personality. One way to dress up mail boxes for curb appeal is by surrounding it by a beautiful flowering garden.
INSTALL WINDOW BOXES
Window boxes offer a fast, easy way to bring color and charm to your home’s curb appeal. Choose boxes made from copper or iron for a traditional look, or painted wood for a cottage feel. Mix and match flowers and plants to suit your lighting conditions and color scheme.
ADD OUTDOOR ART
Give your yard a little spunk and curb appeal by adding weather-resistant artwork. Choose pieces that complement your home’s natural palette and exterior elements. Birdbaths, metal cutouts, sculptures, and wind chimes are good choices for outdoor art. Water sculptures not only function as yard art, but the burbling sounds soothe and make hot days feel cooler.
REPLACE GUTTERS AND DOWNSPOUTS
If your home has an older gutter with signs of neglect, replace those old systems with newer, snap-fit vinyl gutter systems that go together with few tools and require no painting. Copper systems, while pricier, convey an unmistakable look of quality and pretty curb appeal.
TILE YOUR DOORSTEP
Create a permanent welcome mat by tiling or painting a design that contrasts with the porch floor or front stoop. Not only will you not have to worry about replacing the mat when it gets ratty, but you can impress your visitors with your creativity.
DRESS UP THE DRIVEWAY
If your driveway is cracked or stained or has vegetation sprouting from it, you can upgrade it for curb appeal without doing a complete redo. First repair the cracks and stains (and kill the weeds), then dress it up by staining the concrete or affixing flagstones. If you need more room to move your car or park, add stone, brick, or pavers to the sides of the drive to widen it with flair.
Feel free to contact the Brandee Kelley Group for more tips on things we can work on together to help your home sell FAST!