Whether you’ve lived in your home for one month or a decade, there is always room for improvement. Even if you don’t plan on relocating any time soon, there is no excuse to let the exterior of your home fall into disarray.
Why Does Curb Appeal Matter?
Before we dive into some specific ways you can enhance your residential property’s curb appeal, consider some of the benefits of doing so:
- Saves money in the long run
- Detracts potential thieves
- Increases the value of both your home and neighborhood
- Leaves you with a house you are proud to own
Now that you are familiar with why having curb appeal matters, here are six steps you can take to enhance your home’s exterior.
1) Pressure Wash Your Hardscape Features
Over the years, dirt and grime will inevitably build up on your home’s hardscape features. Take a day to thoroughly pressure wash elements like driveways, walkways, entryways, fountains, and curbing. If you don’t have a pressure washer, you can rent one from a hardware store.
2) Address Issues You Have Been Delaying
Minor damages, such as a ripped porch screen or broken light fixture, can be easy to put off. Though they may seem insignificant, a handful of small issues can lower your curb appeal.
Take the initiative and address problems like chipped paint or a patchy lawn. If you have more severe issues with your home’s exterior, enlisting a professional is probably the best way to go. For example, a certified roofing company can safely and efficiently repair broken shingles, pooling water, and other issues that may be compromising your home’s functionality and reducing its curb appeal.
3) Switch Out Your House Numbers
This tip is especially relevant if you own an older home. Getting rid of our outdated house numbers and replacing them with something more modern will boost your curb appeal. Though this step may seem small, it can do a lot to complete your home’s look. Select a new font that stands out but still complements your house’s architectural design.
4) Establish a Definitive Pathway
If your current pathway has become overgrown with brush or blocked by toys and other items, take the time to clear out a current path or create a new one. If needed, repair any cracks and uneven surfaces. You can bring a path to life with lights and small lawn ornaments. A well-thought-out pathway to your home’s front door will undoubtedly boost your curb appeal.
5) Add Outdoor Furniture
If your outdoor space is lacking furniture, it can look sparse and unused. However, be careful not to cramp it with unnecessary items. Create the perfect balance by adding both functional and aesthetically-pleasing furniture items. Ensure that all of the furniture you choose is clean and in good condition. It should also suit both the space you have available and go well with your home’s current look.
6) Add Some Greenery
Increasing your curb appeal can be an exciting project! As part of this last trip, we recommend you add some greenery to your property. Rejuvenate your home’s exterior with lush trees, plants, and bushes.
For easy maintenance, opt for greenery that’s native to your area. If you don’t have time to redo your property’s landscaping completely, you can use window boxes and planters instead. Place them strategically to accentuate critical visual points around your home.
With your greenery installed, implement these health and maintenance practices on a schedule that works for your particular landscape:
- Mow and edge your lawn
- Rake leaves
- Water greenery
- Trim and prune trees, bushes, shrubs, and hedges
- Lay fertilizer applications