How To Add Value Through Curb Appeal
Curb appeal can play a vital part in the value of your home. A property that looks impressive from the outside creates a better first impression on buyers. Here are some tricks for improving your home’s curb appeal and value.
Tidy your front lawn/driveway
If you’ve got a front lawn or driveway, keeping this area tidy could be the easiest way to maintain your home’s curb appeal.
Your lawn shouldn’t look overgrown or patchy – running over it with a lawnmower or adding sprinklers could help to make it look lush and green. Alternatively, you can always switch out your turf for artificial grass. Many buyers actually prefer artificial grass as it is easy to maintain.
When it comes to tidying a driveway, you should make sure that there are no weeds growing out of it and that it is clean. The easiest way to clean a driveway is with a pressure washer. If you have a gravel driveway, you make want to rake it to keep the stones even. Driveways with cracks or missing slabs may require hiring a driveway maintenance company such as Estates Paving.
Fix up your roof
If your roofing tiles are broken or discolored, investing in a new roof could be one of the most effective ways to add curb appeal. There are lots of different roofing options to consider from shingles to tiles. Not all roofs will need repairing and some may simply need cleaning up – getting your roof cleaned could be much cheaper that fitting an entire new roof. It’s worth talking to an expert to see what they recommend.
Fix up your siding
You may also be able to improve your home’s value by repairing or repainting the siding. Professional companies such as John McCarter Construction can help to repair or repaint your siding. Some homes don’t have siding and have bare brickwork or cladding – it could still be worth cleaning this brickwork or cladding if it looks dirty or discolored. When choosing a colour scheme for the exterior of your home, try to keep things fairly neutral as wild colours could put off some buyers and negatively affect the value of your home.
Add exterior lighting
You can also improve your home’s curb appeal by adding exterior lighting, helping to keep your home illuminated at night. Motion sensing lighting as supplied by MAXSA Innovations can be a good option as it will only turn on when people are outside, which will be cheaper on your electricity bill than a permanent light. There are all different types of strength lighting to consider from mood lighting to floodlights.
Plant some flowers
Flowers can help to cheer up the entrance of you home and add value. You could plant these in hanging baskets either side of your front door. Alternatively, you could add flower boxes on your window sills. You could even consider creeper plants and flower beds if you’ve got a passion for gardening.