You have one chance to make a good first impression and when it comes to real estate that means the exterior of your home or as realtors like to call it, your ‘curb appeal’. Home improvement projects, whether they be DIY, done on your interior or exterior, they aren’t always cheap. For now let’s talk about home improvement tips to boost curb appeal without breaking the bank.
Clean up your yard
The easiest and quickest way to improve the look of your home is to clean up the yard. If you have trees and bushes covering walkways and blocking the view to your home then cut them back. Landscaping that looks well maintained adds value to your home. Clean up toys, car parts, old pallets or any other trash that is hanging around the yard.
Do some landscaping
If you don’t have much of a green thumb then you can hire a landscape company to take care of the basics for you. You need to make sure your grass stays cleanly cut and any plants are healthy and watered. You don’t need to have an award winning flower garden just a neat well-manicured yard. Included in this landscaping is making sure that pathways to your front door or backyard is clear and well-defined.
Update your front door
This is important if you are planning on selling your house. A new solid steel door gives you a fantastic return, it makes new buyers feel safe and of course it looks good. If you don’t want to replace it then a good coat of paint is the next best thing. Now is also the time to consider replacing locks and putting in solid deadbolts or even a keyless entry system.
Update everything else
It’s not just a new front door that you may need to boost your curb appeal there are a bunch of other projects that you can start too. You can start with getting the front of your home pressure washed to get rid of the dirt and grime. Add a new mailbox and house numbers if necessary and replace any leaky gutters. If you have a front porch then maybe consider adding some patio furniture to it. Lastly you may want to consider painting, yes it is a huge expensive project but well worth it, especially if you are considering selling.
Update your windows
That doesn’t mean you have to replace your windows but you can make them look good. You can add some window boxes, they come in a variety of materials and of course you can fill them with brightly colored flowers. In addition to window boxes there are also shutter that will definitely boost the curb appeal of your home. There are shutters for every style and budget, but make sure they blend with the aesthetic of your house otherwise you can make your home look worse instead of better.
And most of all make sure your crawlspace encapsulation is good, you definitely don’t want water, critters, or anything else in there. Be sure to check back next week to see what we’re talking about next!