It doesn’t matter whether you want to sell your home or just make a good first impression on friends and family– your home’s curb appeal is important. First impressions can never be erased and this is something that can prevent you from selling your home. Below, you will find some tried and true tips to help improve the curb appeal of your home even on a tight budget.
1. Use The Power Washer
Most people overlook cleaning the outside of their homes. If you have vinyl siding or clapboard siding, it can certainly use a good wash. You can rent or purchase a power washer and effectively get rid of the scum, grime and dirt build-up on the side of your home. Make sure you pay attention and wash the windows as well! A well washed house can look much brighter, regardless of age.
2. Add Plants And Flowers
Your front yard can look very drab and outdated if you don’t add some plants and flowers. Use a combination of both, as not all flowers are perennial. If you don’t feel comfortable planting them in the ground, use large ceramic pots with interesting colors and designs to add interest to your yard. Try to match plants with appropriately colored ceramic planters.
3. Weed And Mow The Lawn
Your lawn shouldn’t be overtaken by weeds as it can become an eyesore. Not only that, but it can give your home that spooky appeal that causes people to look away. Mow your lawn and if you find that it is being overtaken by weeds, get some weed killer.
4. Paint The Door And Porch
Your front door should be bright and make a good first impression. If the paint is chipping or your door looks worn, refinish it. Choose a drastic color such as red or blue to welcome your visitors. If you have a wraparound porch, keep it up to date with fresh paint.
There are so many cute garden accessories out there, that it can really add personality to your yard. Don’t go overboard, but try displaying a bird bath or stone garden statues that work well with the overall feel of your home.
6. Outdoor Lighting
It is shocking how many homeowners just don’t use outdoor lighting! It can be a pain in the middle of the night when the driveway disappears in the dark. Use solar outdoor lighting, and you won’t have to worry about paying the electricity bill.
The outside of your home should matter as much as the inside (if not more). People often overlook the importance of a well manicured lawn or using accessories to add some personality to the home, but it can make all the difference.