This summer, we’re spending more time than ever at home. That reality and the good weather make this the perfect time to assess your home’s curb appeal and take steps to “kick it up a notch.”
Even if you’re not selling, curb appeal adds to your overall home value with inexpensive upgrades and repairs. When it’s time to sell, your home will stand out and is more likely to get your asking price than a home that looks just like any other. In the meantime, you and your neighbors can admire a more presentable and attractive home and front yard.
Use the following tips from BackyardBoss.net and BestLife to see your home from a fresh perspective and choose the high payoff spruce-up projects.
Find what you like
Take a walk in your neighborhood, bike through those nearby, or tour the internet looking for ideas that appeal to you. Take pictures and make an inspiration book of what you like.
Check your skyline
Identify hanging branches and dead materials close to your home and have them trimmed away. Have your roof checked and repair loose shingles or gutters that aren’t working.
Repair your driveway and walkway
If you see cracks or crumbling pavement in your drive or walk, consult a professional. Get two to three opinions and estimates on how to repair the damage and get it fixed. Solid concrete surrounding your home not only looks better, it avoids giving a buyer reason to be concerned about shifting ground.
Paint the front door
A fresh coat of paint gives an instant visual lift to the outside of your home. You can choose a new or unexpected color that complements your overall color scheme to create an appealing focal point. Also replace your hardware such as the door handle, deadbolt, knocker, or doorbell to give it a modern look.
Upgrade the mailbox
While a practical necessity, a mailbox is an opportunity to add style to your home. You can replace it with a more distinctive option or simply plant flowering plants or even a xeriscaped or drought-resistant rock garden around it.
Add or upgrade your house numbers
House numbers are another opportunity to add style and appeal to your home. Use decorative tiles, stylized metal numbers, or paint them on a decorative board. Take the opportunity to make them large so they are easily seen from the street and visitors to your home will find you more easily.
Add shutters and window planters
You can completely change the feel of your home by installing shutters and window planters. These additions can bring warmth and a feeling of coziness to a stark façade. Plus you can paint them to add an accent color to your home.
Add porch seating
You’ll enjoy this easy upgrade this during the warmer months with outdoor furniture or hanging chairs.
Pressure wash walkways, decking and home exterior
A clean house looks fresh and appealing. Pressure washing removes mildew, dust, and those pesky spider webs. It’s a good idea to pressure wash the whole exterior once a year and wash the doorways and garage entrances more frequently.
When it comes to curb appeal, small steps make a big difference. Simple, low-cost improvements can make a big difference in your home’s “first glance” appeal.
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By Tom Kalinski. Tom is the broker/owner of RE/MAX of Boulder, the local residential real estate company he established in 1977. He was inducted into Boulder County’s Business Hall of Fame in 2016 and has a 40-year background in residential and commercial real estate. For questions, e-mail Tom at email@example.com, call 303.441.5620, or visit boulderco.com.