As much as we may want to ignore it, first impressions matter—especially when it comes to our home’s drive-by appearance. In the real-estate world, this is referred to as “curb appeal.” While curb appeal is most often associated with buying or selling a home, there are certainly plenty other reasons to keep your home and yard looking its best. After all, it’s easy to notice curb appeal when you see it. But it’s even more glaringly obvious when it’s missing.
So, whether you’re looking to sell, or you simply want to give your home’s exterior a fresh, new look, here are eight ways to improve curb appeal and turn your home into a veritable head-turner.
Revive your roof
The roof is not only an important part of your home’s weatherproofing and insulation system, but it can also account for more than half of the visual exterior—making it essential to your home’s overall appearance and appeal. Depending on the type of roof you have, how old it is or what condition it’s in will help you determine whether replacement is immediately needed or if some simple cosmetic fixes are more appropriate. Click here for help determining whether your roof needs replacing.
House numbers you can count on
It may seem trivial but removing your old house numbers and replacing them with something a bit more stylish and eye-catching is a quick and painless way to add a little modern flair to your home. Simply choose a font and style that matches your architecture and can be easily seen from the street. The best part is, replacing your digits is an easy job that can be done in no time.
Here are a few number ideas to get you started.
Take the pressure off with clean decks, siding, driveway
There are few things as satisfying as wheeling out the pressure washer and cleaning months of dirt and grime from your home’s siding, porch, driveway, deck and patio space. Not only will the fresh look give your home a like-new sparkle, but it will help keep it in good shape for years to come. If you don’t have a power washer, don’t worry. You can rent one at your local Home Depot or Lowe’s.
Plant a little color
If good landscaping has a way of drawing attention, then adding a splash of color to your yard with vibrant pants, shrubs and decorative containers is a fast cure for instant curb appeal. As you plot a plan for what flora to plant, be sure to consider the color and style of your house, as well. After all, the design and architecture of your house can be a real asset when you’re creating gardens around it. Here are some plant ideas for your property.
Step into the lighting fixtures
Replacing outdated front door or garage light fixtures, or incorporating landscape lighting to your yard, is a clever way to brighten your home’s curb appeal. Lighting has a way of enhancing and accentuating the beauty of your property. It can all add to the overall safety and security of your home, as well. And the icing on the cake: lighting styles and options are as plentiful as they are illuminating.
Front door fascination
First impressions usually start at the front entryway—and having a front door that pops is a sure way to quickly and easily boost your home’s curb appeal. When it comes to styles and trends, natural wood stains are always a popular choice. But if you’re looking for something a little bolder, opt for a bright color that will accentuate and enhance the other colors of your home’s exterior without clashing. For more ideas, check out these front door trends.
A well-designed, well-kept front yard can have the same head-turning impact on your home’s curb appeal as showing up to the grand ball dressed to the nines in a sharp tuxedo or stunning gown. Not only that, it can provide a sanctuary where you and your family can relax, entertain and enjoy a taste of nature, without having to go too far to find it. Just remember to keep up with the mowing, raking and weeding to keep it manageable. Check out these landscaping ideas for your front yard.
Add some sparkle to the windows
Clean windows, inside and out, are a sure-fire way to make your home shine. Not only will they let more natural light into your home, but they also give off an undeniable sparkle to passersby. Try spraying your outside windows with a hose to clear off dirt and cobwebs. Then, wipe them down with a little vinegar or detergent diluted in warm water. And be sure to use proper ladder safety for any windows that may be out of reach.
In some cases, these improvements may require a homeowner’s association approval. If you belong to an HOA, be sure to check before making any changes.
For more ideas on making your dream home a dream reality, or for more information on everything Magnolia Green has to offer, call our Welcome Center today and schedule a tour of our beautiful model homes. We’d love to show you around. 17301 Memorial Tournament Dr., Moseley, VA 23120.