10 Ways to Add Curb Appeal to Your Home and Sell it Faster
First impressions matter. And if you’re selling your house, that means your home’s curb appeal makes people want to come through the front door.
The good news is, you can easily improve your front yard and the exterior of your home.
So how do you dress up the house and create that wow factor?
Read on, as today we’re covering the 10 best ways to create instant curb appeal without breaking the bank.
1. Clean Up
Creating curb appeal is as important as staging your home. And it all starts with a little cleanup.
Give your yard a facelift by pulling weeds and adding new mulch in all your garden beds. Trim the bushes and prune trees.
Power wash your driveway and sidewalks for a fresh look. These maintenance chores alone will dramatically improve the overall look of your front yard. You’ll have a clearer and more inspired vision of what needs to be done.
2. Pizzazz the Front Door
From the curb, the focal point of your home is the front entry. A blast of paint on the front door is an inexpensive way to dress up the house. Paint the door a pretty hue that compliments the home’s exterior color.
Make sure the color of the door contrasts the colors on the home. For example, if the home is grey with white shutters, paint the door cherry red.
You could also install a custom wood door. Be sure to clean the door knob and apply metal polish to your door fixtures. Complete the look with a DIY wreath on the door for that personal touch.
3. Paint the Trim and Siding
If the trim on your house is fading or peeling, it will give a negative first impression. A fresh coat of paint will smooth over rough spots and make your home appear newer.
One design secret is to use contrasting colors for trim and siding. Choose colors that work well together to draw attention to the home. For example, complimenting forest green siding with white trim can give the home a traditional color palette.
4. Add Flower Boxes and Containers
Is your house lacking color? If so, consider installing inexpensive flower boxes on the front porch railings and below the windows. Flower boxes are a fantastic way to quickly punch up the look of your home.
Along the same lines, containers deliver quick and affordable results. They give your home a welcoming feel with added color. The best part is you can purchase ready-made containers from most nurseries or you can create your own if you wish.
Stagger your containers in asymmetrical fashion for an unbeatable dynamic setting.
5. Replace Your Old Hardware
How does the hardware look in your front yard and front entry? We’re talking about your address numbers, doorknob or lockset, and light fixtures. If they are old and out of date, you may not be maximizing your home’s curb appeal.
When replacing old hardware, it’s important to stay consistent so the pieces work together cohesively. Consider oiled-bronze finishes for a traditional home and brushed nickel for a contemporary home.
6. Do a Mail Box Makeover
Here’s a quick job that can be done in a couple of hours and really improves the appeal of your home.
Choose a spray paint that compliments the home’s exterior while giving the mailbox a completely different appearance.
You can use any paint finish you like. Or be bold and try new textured paint such as shiny metal. Choose any color you like, such as cherry red or royal blue to give your home its own unique style.
For that final touch, plant a box of colorful flowers around the base of the mailbox post.
7. Replace Old Bushes and Add Trees
For a fresh and new appearance, replace overgrown bushes and trees. Contact a tree removal service to remove old and diseased trees.
Everyone loves trees and planting new ones is one of the best ways to improve curb appeal. Just make sure you allow enough room for the tree to grow without affecting your house. If space allows, frame the house with two trees.
8. Add Landscaping Berms
Landscaping berms are a great way to add interest to your front yard. They deliver a raised component to your landscaping and can be decorated with flowers, bushes, and ornamental trees.
Spotlighting the area with outdoor lighting adds warmth and life to your yard.
9. Add Wooden Shutters
DIY wooden shudders can completely transform the exterior of your home for little investment. You can paint the shutters with an attention-grabbing color. Or create warmth with a dark wood stain.
Another design secret is to paint the shutters the same color as the garage door.
10. Add Porch Swing or Furniture
A porch swing adds charm to your space and offers an invitation to sit and relax. Potential home buyers can sit on the swing and envision themselves living in your home.
There are a plethora of different porch swings to match the style of your home. Just be sure to choose one that fits the dimensions of your porch and doesn’t take up all the space.
Porch furniture is another option to add seating space. You can find affordable furniture at antique stores which can easily be painted. Add a fresh set of cushions and it will look brand new.
Final Thoughts on Ways to Dress Up the House
When it comes to the curb appeal of your home, the goal is to create such a strong impression that potential home buyers want to view your entire home.
Luckily, you can dress up the house in a number of ways for very little investment. Start by cleaning your yard and painting the door and house trim. Then look to see how you can punch up the area with colorful flowers, new shrubs, and trees.
Create a welcoming feel with a new porch swing or furniture and compliment your home with a unique mailbox and shutters.
Of course, buyers will also want to see your backyard. Check out our favorite patio decorating ideas to take your yard to the next level.