As you are starting off the new year, you may have noticed that your curb appeal needs a little TLC. Your house’s exterior creates a first impression (like a book cover) that guests, people driving by, and even you get when you see it. Whether you want to upgrade your home’s curb for yourself or you are looking to sell soon, enhancing your curb appeal is one of the most inexpensive yet effective ways to make your home look nicer while boosting its value. Here are our 10 simple, yet effective ways to boost your curb appeal to get your house’s exterior a much needed refresh.
1. Refresh your driveway/walkway
Whether with a power wash, a fresh set of paint, or even applying a colorful new concrete stain – simply refreshing your driveway and/or walkway is a quick, cheap idea to transform your curb.
2. Plant a tree
If you don’t already have a tree or have space for another tree, consider adding a tree yo your front yard. This simple project not only adds curb appeal and freshens up the yard with greenery but it also adds life and longevity to your house.
3. Hang a wreath
Whether a wreath is placed directly on your door, right beside it, or even next to your house number, a wreath is a simple, yet highly personalized way to update you entry. You can choose a wreath that works for all seasons or even change it to match the upcoming holiday or season. Think hearts in February, or pumpkins in the fall.
4. New house numbers
Speaking of house numbers, consider updating your house numbers. You can paint your current number, or even find completely new numbers with a different style and color or material. House numbers should be made of strong material to withstand weather so consider stainless steel, aluminum, or even tile.
5. New lighting
Lighting can really transform a place – even on the outside. Consider adding overhead lighting, path lights, or even wall scones or outdoor fairy lights for a beautiful effect.
6. Add flowers
Flowers are the perfect way to boost curb appeal as it is quick, easy, and takes relatively low commitment. Flowers are a great way to add bright, fun colors and greenery to the front of your house. You can add a flower bos to window sills, beside the walkway, hanging near the door, or in your front garden if you have one.
7. Mailbox makeover
Whether you have a more traditional mailbox that stands up by the side of the road or you have a mailbox mounted to your home, an upgraded mailbox is an easy detail that adds major appeal. You can get a new mailbox (but this widely ranges on costs), or even do a quick refresh with a fresh set of paint, or even attempt a polish.
8. Utilize outdoor furniture
Depending on the size of your front yard, consider adding (or maybe even removing) some outdoor furniture. Too much furniture can look junky while too little can make it seem scarce – try to find a balance that works for you. If you don’t spend too much time in the front yard, don’t overthink this too much. A simple pair of stools with a small table may be all that you need.
9. Paint the door
A fresh, new coat of paint may be just what your home needs. Choose a door that complements the rest of your house’s outdoor colors but still stands out. Keep in mind any HOA requirements. While the average cost for a contractor to paint a door ranges from $125 – $225, if you have the time and are willing to get your hands dirty, you can paint the door yourself over the weekend with a gallon of paint (which ranges from $15-$30). It’s a fairly simple, straight-forward job even for beginners.
10. Add new door hardware
Speaking of the door, try upgrading its existing hardware for a quick, noticeable enchantment. First, consider a different color doorknob to match your door (especially if it is newly painted). Choose a color that contrasts with the door’s color such as a brass hardware with a black door or black hardware with a white or light colored door. Even add a knocker if you feel so inclined.
Make more advanced updates
As you add some sparkle and do some much needed refresh to your curb, you may notice that your home might need a little more than a simple “facelift” such a remodel or repair. If you notice that your home needs bigger, more timely, and advanced improvements, hire the professional residential remodeling experts and professional handymen at JD Brunson. Contact us today to get a free pricing quote on your project.