Let’s start with a definition. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, curb appeal is described as, “the visual attractiveness of a house as seen from the street.”
This may seem like a fairly simple definition, and you may think improving your home’s curb appeal is just as simple… Well, you’re right! With so many benefits and easy ways to accomplish it, what are you waiting for?
Benefits of Improving Curb Appeal
Before we get to the top 5 easy ways to give your home’s curb appeal a boost, let’s look at the reasons why it’s so important; especially if you are a homeowner, or if you plan on selling your home in the future.
#1 Pride in Your Home
Even if you don’t plan on selling your home any time soon, you should have pride in your home. Others who view the exterior of your home should see you take pride in how your home looks. Plus, if other’s see you have pride in the exterior of your home, they’ll most likely recognize you take the same pride in the interior of your home as well.
#2 Increase Your Property’s Value
While it’s important to increase your property value if you intend on selling it, there are other reasons why it’s important, even if you don’t. Many homeowners refinance their home to cash out the equity they’ve earned over years of mortgage payments. This extra cash can be used to pay off other debt or even pay for large expenses, such as sending a child to school. The higher the value of your home, the more leverage you have when cashing out equity.
#3 Create Positive First Impressions
Inviting the boss over for dinner to discuss a new promotion? Planning a holiday get-together such as Christmas, Memorial Day, or even the 4th of July? If people will be at your home for any reason, and they haven’t been there before, you want to make the best first impression possible.
Top 5 Tips to Improving the Curb Appeal of Your Home
With these 5 simple tasks, you can boost your home’s curb appeal, and also value. Are you ready to get to work? Give any one, several, or all of these tips a go; then show us the before and after photos!
#1 Pressure Washing
Over the seasons, your home’s exterior paint, as well porches and walkways, will become dingy and dirty. Whether you invest in your own pressure washer, you borrow one from a friend, or you rent one from a hardware store, you can easily bring new life to your home’s exterior.
#2 Necessary Repairs
There are several things that can easily damage curb appeal; even if everything else looks wonderful. But not only that, making these repairs can help prevent more costly repairs in the future, or can make your yard safer. For example, if you are missing a couple of shingles on the roof, replacing them or installing a new roof can prevent water damage to your home. A walkway with cracked concrete or stones may cause someone to fall.
Landscaping your front yard doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, if this seems a bit overwhelming, you can even hire a landscaping company to help you plan and take care of your home’s new look. However, laying sod, which is grass that has already been grown and cut into manageable sections you can lay in your yard, can be done in just a few hours, depending on the size of your yard.
Don’t forget to add some color with some flowers as well. Flowers can be purchased already growing so you can either transplant them or leave them in containers and place them where you’d like.
#4 Add Lighting
You don’t want to add all the greenery and color to your yard and only be able to show it off during the day. You can easily show off this new look by adding some lighting. A new porch light, as well as pathway lighting, can make a huge difference in your home’s curb appeal.
#5 Replace House Numbers
Have your house numbers faded over time? Have some fallen off or become hard to see? Are they broken? There are so many ways to add new house numbers and each offers a great new look. Whether you choose the simple, black numbers that are so common, or you decide to get creative, new house numbers can make a huge difference and make it easier for others to find your house.
BONUS TIP: Repaint Your Home’s Exterior
Even with all the tips listed above, you can still only do so much. A new coat of paint can make your home look fresh. Plus, you have the ability to make your house look completely different by choosing different colors. Even if you paint your home’s exterior the same, or a similar color as the existing, you can always paint the trim a different color to make the look of your home more modern.
Curb Appeal with Zeal
Now that you know how important it is to improve your home’s curb appeal, it’s time to get to work. With so many easy ways to improve the look of your home, why not get started today? However, painting the exterior of your home can be a little overwhelming for most homeowners.
If you want to give your home a new look, or at least freshen it up, call or email Franca Services today. We can tell you what your options are and get the job done. Ready to get started? Call (508) 481-0150 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Want to chat online? We can do that too!