Instant Upgrade: 5 Cost-Efficient Ways To Increase Your Home’s Curb Appeal
If you’re considering putting your home on the real estate market, you’ll want to put your best foot forward to get the best price you can. You can find a number of cost-efficient ways to increase your home’s exterior that will increase curb appeal and give your home the look that new homebuyer’s love.
Improve Your Front Door
If your front door is old-fashioned and a bit worn, homebuyer’s will immediately think that the entire house is a bit worn as well. Update your door with a new steel model, or re-paint it in a fresh coordinating color that makes the front of your home pop with excitement. Just this action will create a more welcoming appearance that potential buyers will appreciate.
Touch Up House Trim
If you don’t want to invest in a whole house repainting, consider having the trim repainted to freshen up the entire home exterior. This will help to remove flaked bits of paint and give the home a well-cared-for look that will increase its value. Generally, trim, sashes and shutters are the darkest colors on the home’s exterior. Stick with subdued colors that contrast gently with the overall color of your home.
You can also increase the value of your home with shutters. Shutters make a big visual impact at low cost and give homes a stable, traditional look. You can find shutters in a variety of materials, styles and colors to suit your home’s appearance. Proper sizing is important to preserve the visual balance. Each shutter should equal half the measurement of the window. Additionally, the right shutter style can enhance the look of arched windows and not fight against them.
New Landscaping for Entrance Areas
A good landscape design can give your home an updated look. Mixing sizes, textures and colors helps to provide visual interest. A slender evergreen can be placed with rounded, shorter plantings to create variety. Simple flowerbeds or hanging planters can increase the charm of your home’s entrance area and increase curb appeal to attract buyers.
Upgrade Outdoor Lighting
Many homeowners neglect the lighting outside of their homes. Good lighting not only allows people to see sidewalks and stairs, it can highlight attractive points of the home and provide convenience and safety. Consider lighting along driveways, lights to highlight landscape features and lighting at front doors that make a welcoming statement to all those that come to the house.