You may not know and realize how important curb appeal to your home. It is common sense that if you have an attractive and clean house on the outside, this will make someone want to see the inside. This strategy is beneficial when you are attempting to sell your home; great curb appeal is just as important as having a home show beautifully on the inside. If the outside is not clean, this can deter a potential purchaser from even booking a showing to see your home, even though the interior could be spectacular.
It is better to get others’ opinions to take an objective look at the outside of your property. To enhance the appearance of your home, there are a few inexpensive things you can do. The most important consideration is the state of repair of the property. It would help if you repaired everything that needs fixing, including any cracked windows, broken railings, loose screens, crooked shutters, loose awnings, broken light bulbs, etc.
When finishing with repairing, you then turn to clean and uncluttering processes. The garage should be cleaned out, and items are thrown out that have not been used in a year. Remove old tires, paint cans, bicycles, loose shrubs, and broken lawn furniture from the yard.
Clear all pathways of any debris. Trim all shrubs and remove dead branches. Clean out the eaves. Don’t forget the back yard! A new paint job can add tremendous curb appeal. Paint front doors, garage doors, trim, and shutters a contrasting color to the brick and siding for a dramatic effect. Use only one color for uniformity and balance. Too many colors look busy.
Siding can be power washed to refresh the appearance. Flowers and flower pots can add tremendous color to a boring front yard. Place flower pots and large outdoor plants in various colors on the front steps, walkways, or porches. Hang flower pots from the ceilings of verandas or hang on railings. Buy plant hooks and hang flower pots from them, which can be placed on your home’s sides and front walls. Plant a few flower beds with some green perennial plants for contrast. This is relatively inexpensive but can add a lot of appeal to your yard. There are many books on landscaping at the library that can help you with this. Nurseries can offer helpful suggestions as well.
Spotlights focused on your flower beds can brighten up the yard at night, giving it a very homey and welcoming feeling. This is also good for safety. A well-lit home is a deterrent for burglars.
Lastly, add a decorative wreath and outdoor floor mat to the front of the door. This adds the finishing touch and offers a welcoming appearance.