They say you only get one chance to make a first impression. Proper attention to your home’s curb appeal, or its initial value from the street, is a great way to attract potential home buyers. Below, we’ll highlight your favorite exterior remodeling ideas that’ll help your home stand out before anyone even steps foot inside.
Lawn care is essential in ensuring that your home looks well maintained from the street. While there are upfront costs to great landscaping, meticulous attention to routine upkeep is what’ll help your home stand out – properly trimmed grass, watering to prevent brown spots, and regular weed pulling show potential buyers that you take care of the space. Of course, the more greenery, the better. Since extensive landscaping can cost a pretty penny, you can opt for adding planters and window boxes for a more inexpensive quick fix. Place these around key areas such as windows and entryways to make the home look more inviting.
2. Front Door
Repainting your front door is a quite inexpensive DIY project that’ll help your home stand out. In addition to the value of a new fresh coat of paint on the exterior door trim, opting for a bright color that enhances the existing color of your home will make it even more inviting as a guest approaches the home. New door hardware is also an inexpensive instant upgrade. A new door knocker or hardware that contrasts with your chosen paint color will instantly give your home a more modern feel.
3. Clean Your Gutters
In addition to the tangible benefits of preventing blockage, cleaning your gutters makes your home look well maintained. Visibly clogged or blocked gutters can cause runoff problems as well as make the home look unkempt from the street.
4. Upgrade the Garage Door
Replacing the garage door entirely can be quite an expensive undertaking, but simply power washing it before staining it a fresh new color will make it look brand new.
5. Replace the Mailbox
An updated and more modern mailbox will instantly make your home look better for under $100.
6. Entryway Upgrade
The entryway is essentially the runway to your home – proper attention to greenery, lighting, and decor is key. All light fixtures should be free from cobwebs or debris, and you can add porch string lights or lanterns to light up the entryway and make the guest feel invited. If possible, also use decor to hide any electrical fixtures that are visible from the exterior of the home. You can also color match to your home’s whiteboard and batten siding to camouflage it.
7. Revamp the Driveway
The driveway is the first thing that buyers will notice about your property – a cracked or visibly damaged gravel driveway is an immediate turnoff. Replacement isn’t always necessary, and a simple patch job should make your home instantly look better at first glance.
Your home’s curb appeal is an essential aspect of its overall value. These projects, both big and small, will help you increase the visible value of your property and attract potential home buyers.
Matt Lee is the owner of the Innovative Building Materials blog and a content writer for the building materials industry. He is focused on helping fellow homeowners, contractors, and architects discover materials and methods of construction that save money, improve energy efficiency, and increase property value.