As we get closer and closer to warm weather and long days, it’s a great time to start thinking about ways to increase the appeal of your home… whether it’s going on the market or just needs some refreshing. Luckily, we have Pinterest at our fingertips for some great ideas. Here are 9 “Pin-teresting” Ways to Up Your Curb Appeal from our very own Pinterest page.
Paint Your Front Door
The focal point of any visit to a home is the initial destination: the front door. Whether you go for a fun, contrasting color or a neutral update, painting your front door is one of the easiest and most impactful ways to up your curb appeal.
Replace Old Hardware
Nothing kills a great first impression faster than a rusty door handle or immovable door knocker. An easy way to fix this is to replace old hardware on any of your outdoor entrances, whether it’s a gate latch, door knob or new decorative wrought iron piece on the your garage door. In some cases painting a metallic finish can look just as good, so take a look at both options to see which one your prefer.
Create Symmetry on Your Porch
Symmetry is pleasing to the eye, and it helps to give some semblance of order and neatness to the outside of a house. Place two identical plants, sculptures or pieces of furniture next to your front door or find other ways to create symmetry on your porch for a soothing, neat look.
Give Your Mailbox a Makeover
Most old-fashioned mailboxes tend to be an aging afterthought on the edge our lawns, but if you have a free-standing mailbox give it a makeover that makes it a decorative part of your front yard. A fresh coat of paint and an elegant font for your address show that you have put some thought into the little details of the home and tells a buyer that the property is well cared for.
Spruce Up Your Landscaping
An unkempt yard is one of the main things that can distract from a beautiful house, no matter how pristine it is. Remove dead shrubs, trees or flower beds and cut back out of control landscaping to give the appearance of a meticulous outdoor exterior. Be sure not to overlook vines, edging, low hanging branches and other smaller parts of your yard.
Plant Some Flowers
After you’ve cut back all the dead and dried up vegetation, spruce up your yard by planting a welcoming bunch of flowers. Both potted and in-ground flowers make a cheery addition to any home. Another great idea is to add window or railing boxes with potted flowers to spread the colors and greenery of plants to other areas of the home.
Wash Your Windows & Gutters
Washing your windows may not be the first thing that comes to mind as far as high-impact improvements, but it really does make a world of difference. Giving your windows and gutters a little TLC will pay huge dividends with buyers looking for a clean and new-looking exterior.
Upgrade Your Walkways
A simple, natural looking walkway of flagstone is an upscale addition that is well worth the investment. Concrete often crumbles, cracks and otherwise wears over time, so consider rebuilding your walkway with stone steps for a more finished look that is sure to be a crowd pleaser. You can also put this idea to work on back patios or side walkways.
Add Some Furniture
Large, spacious porches can take on the appearance of being lonely and empty areas, so try adding some comfortable and stylish furniture to fill some space and up the coziness factor. Buyers want to visualize themselves enjoying the house, so thoughtful additions such as outdoor furniture can help them to see themselves as the future owners
These are just a few places to start, but to see these and many more fun ideas, check out my Pinterest page to get inspired. Remember that the first impression is so important to buyers and can mean the difference between a great showing and a mediocre one, so make your curb appeal a priority. If you have questions about listing your home or preparing it for sale, feel free to contact me today. Happy Pinning everyone!