Every homeowner knows that curb appeal means everything. We all know the feeling that you get when you drive by a beautiful house and think to yourself, “Wow, I wish I lived there.” A home with a high level of attractiveness makes people want your home even when it is not for sale. That is why it is crucial that a house on the market possesses the necessary curb appeal to attract buyers.
It has been proven that a home that is more attractive from the outside will not only sell for a higher price but will also sell more quickly and receive more offers than other comparable homes in the area. That is why curb appeal is so important.
Increasing your home’s curb appeal doesn’t need to be difficult or expensive. There are simple projects that you can do yourself that will dramatically increase your home’s appearance for a fraction of what indoor renovation projects cost.
DIY Projects to Increase Curb Appeal
The very first project may not seem too glamorous or exciting but it is honestly one of the most important projects that you can undergo. A deep clean of the outside of the house is going to help make everything look clean and fresh.
Over time our homes will gradually collect dirt and dust. We don’t tend to notice these things in our day to day lives but when you take the time to actually go outside and clean, you will notice that your home is most likely much dirtier than you anticipated.
2. Green your Lawn
A big part of your home is your lawn. If your house’s lawn is looking a little drab or if you have brown spots that can be a huge turn off for potential buyers. There are several tips and tricks that home-owners will use to attempt to make their lawn a beautiful vivid green.
There are some people who will use crazy lawn hacks in order to make their lawns greener. One that is really interesting is something that sounds a little far fetched but is quite simple. Have you ever heard of painting your lawn green?
Yes, it is a thing and yes it does actually work. You can buy lawn paint fairly inexpensively and simply spray your lawn to paint it a more vivid and bright green color. One of the most interesting things about painting your lawn is that some lawn paint manufacturers will put nutrients into the paint.
That means the paint will not only give your grass that beautiful green appearance but it will also help to fertilize it.
Now, most homeowners will want to remain true to standard fertilizing practices which are always preferred to artificial methods. However, turning your lawn green from fertilizing it will take longer to show results.
3. Add Some Flair to Your Porch
Everyone knows that the entrance of your home is always going to be the biggest key factor when it comes to the curb appeal of a home. Doing even small things to help increase the outward appearance of your home entrance can help when it comes to curb appeal.
-Adding House Numbers
One of the most simple and easiest ways to give your front porch a little character is to add house numbers. Making sure to pick a color that helps the numbers to stand out yet match the rest of the home will be important to factor in. Also, the style of the numbers will need to be taken into account. Are they elegant and curvy? Or are they very straight and poised?
Whatever you choose remember to make them subtly stand out while also match with the rest of the decor or theme to the home.
-Update the Lighting
One thing that we never really notice day-to-day is the lighting out on our front porch. If you go outside and take a look you’ll probably see quite a few cobwebs or some dust. Depending on how the lighting fixtures look they may just need to be cleaned really well or they might need to be replaced.
Purchasing new outdoor lighting can usually be done at a very low cost and are not terribly difficult to install. But the new light fixtures will add a very crisped and manicured look to your front door entryway.
-Add Some Potted Plants
People love a pop of color. What better way to achieve a wonderful vivid touch of color to your home than with a beautiful flower pot? In all honesty, the advantages of flower pots are endless.
Simply adding some well-manicured and arranged flower pots with vibrant, gorgeous flowers will always have the ability to draw attention. The application of flowers planted in pots allows people (even potential buyers) to see an example of what the home can look like.
The best part about using flower pots as opposed to planting flowers around the front of your home is the flexibility that it offers. You can continue to switch things around until you find a design or style that is right for you.
If you are looking at trying to spruce up your home for an open house potential buyers will be able to see the versatility of the outside of the home while being able to imagine any changes they would like to make themselves.
4. Trim and Tidy up Your Flower Beds
Last but certainly not least is your bushes and flower beds. If you have any flower beds, shrubbery, trees, or palms that need some landscaping work done making sure they look groomed and well kept will be a huge factor when it comes to curb appeal.
Even adding some fresh mulch and pulling a few weeds from your flower beds can completely change the look of your home.
Here at R.E. Appraisal Associates of SWFL, Inc., we care about you and your home. If you are looking to sell your home we can help you with an appraisal of your home’s current market value. If you are looking to remodel we can perform an appraisal and accurately determine what your home’s market value would be after any renovations or remodels on the property.