Whether you are selling your home or you just want to liven up the appearance, investing a little money in boosting curb appeal can go a long way. Not only does it boost the overall value of your home, but it also adds overall value to the neighborhood in which you live. Your home will look well-kept and cared for and you can even use the opportunity to show off a little self-expression!
Paint Your World
It is true that painting the entire exterior of your home can be very costly and time consuming, especially if you hire someone else to do the job. However, you don’t necessarily need to paint the whole house. Have a look at the trim around your windows, your garage doors, entryways and even outdoor wainscoting. Could it use a fresh coat of paint or perhaps a new color choice? You could liven up the exterior with fresh paint and color in smaller areas to add curb appeal on budget. You can easily do this yourself by visiting the local hardware store to get supplies including exterior paint which will stand up to the elements.
Grow a Garden
Don’t panic if you don’t have a green thumb. You don’t have to plant the world’s largest, most lush garden, you can simply plot out a few plants and flowers to create visual appeal. Focus on walkways, under large front windows, around the front entry and along the driveway to create accent gardens. It is important to keep in mind the climate where you live and which flowers will bloom at particular times of year. It would be ideal to plant flowers and plants which will grow and flourish in each of the seasons to ensure your garden always has something in bloom. If flowers aren’t your style, you can find some beautiful greenery at local nurseries which require very little maintenance. Talk to the garden center employees who can assist in making the right choice for your home.
Keep Up With the Lawn
Even if you don’t have the time in your hectic schedule, it is important to keep your lawn cut and trimmed neatly. Overgrown grass and weeds create an unsightly yard and also attract pests, which your neighbors will not appreciate. If weeds are left to grow uncontrolled, they will spread to nearby lawns, gardens and overtake any of the plants and flowers you have worked hard to plant. You can hire someone even once a week to come and cut your grass and trim around the walkway, driveway and any fences to keep things looking their best.
Fix the Cracks
Look to your driveway for signs of cracking and wear. These cracks and potholes create an eye sore and also could cause damage to car tires for you and your guests. From the street, these cracks tell passerbyers that you don’t have time to maintain your home or you just don’t care. This is probably not the case so it’s best to fix them and improve the appearance of your home from the street view. Most local hardware stores and even department stores carry do-it-yourself pavement crack filler which can be spackled on or brushed on. It will probably only take a few hours of your time and can be done with limited funds.
Make a Bold Statement
If your neighborhood seems to be filled with homes that all have the same outdoor appearance and styling, you could opt to add curb appeal by choosing a particular accent piece to decorate, paint, or add in some way to create a bold statement focal point. For example, adding a bright red wicker rocking chair to your front porch will pop nicely against your pale colored siding. If you don’t have a porch to add furniture, you could choose some interesting lighting choices to accent your entry or garden. Even something as simple as adding a unique art piece to your front garden could create an appeal to the exterior of your home.