Curb Appeal for your Home
Curb Appeal Ideas
It is said that it only takes 8 seconds for a prospective buyer to make up their mind on whether or not they like a house. For some, undoubtedly, it takes even less time. Selling your house can be a tricky business even if the economy is good, and can be downright impossible in a poor economic climate. There are a few ways that you can improve the impression of your house in the minds of buyers. One way is to give your house curb appeal. This is literally when your house looks appealing to someone looking at it from the curb – as the name might suggest! Next time you come home take a minute to look at your house critically from the outside, as if you were a stranger looking at it. What impression does it give? How does it compare to the neighbouring houses? This article aims to provide some tips for those looking to improve the curb appeal of their house or even those just looking for a DIY project.
For most houses the focal point, where the eye will automatically go to, is the front door. Your front door can say a lot about your house. One quick and easy way of improving the look of your house is to give your front door a new lick of paint. Striking colours like purple and royal blue can look great but subtle or pastel colours may suit your house more. Take the overall exterior colour scheme of your house into account and find a complementary colour. If you want to go one step further you can always replace your front door, as a stylish new front door can give a house a new lease of life.
Curb Appeal Ideas
Sticking with the front door theme, you may want to think about your door ‘accessories’. These include things like house numbers, mail slots, door bells, and door knockers. For a more cohesive look and an instant update replace your mismatched, broken or old items with new ones that complement each other. Before you make any sudden changes, take a minute to think about the style of your house. Heavy or ornate door knockers and the like will work best on older houses while modern brushed metal will match well with modern houses.
For a slightly bigger project you could look into adding shutters to your house. Window shutters can add elegance and improve the appearance of your house. They can also bring benefits to the house itself, such as light-control, ventilation, security and protection from bad weather. Wooden shutters will add an air of style to your house and you can paint them an accent colour to really make them pop. Shutters can really revitalise cottages and Georgian style houses, but can also be effective on modern houses.
For those with front gardens, curb appeal can be instantly added with a few well-placed potted plants. Flowers will give your garden colour while adding greenery can make your garden look like more than just a lawn. As well as adding plants, ensure that the existing plants are well pruned and that any weeds have been pulled up. For those looking to do more with their garden, sculptures, bird baths and water features will help to enhance the garden. Equally, updating your fences, railings and gates, or even just repainting them, can have a positive impact on first impressions of your house.
An easy way to make your house look more inviting to prospective buyers is through the addition of a path or walkway. A simple path leading up to your porch or front door looks will make your home look more welcoming. If you already have a path you could always give it an update. A stone or brick path can look much more upmarket than poured concrete. Even adding some simple edging can improve the look.
For those with green fingers, you may think about adding some window boxes. The flowers will add a splash of colour and the boxes will add charm, especially when coupled with wooden shutters. If you’re crafty window boxes can be fairly straightforward to build yourself. For those who are less handy with a hammer, they can be bought in most garden centres. For a less ‘cottage-like’ look for modern houses, metal flower boxes look fresh and sleek.
Don’t just think about your house, your garage is just as likely to draw negative impressions. Make sure your paint work is up to scratch and think carefully about colour schemes. In most cases having a bright yellow garage isn’t going to do much for your curb appeal. Paint it a colour that fits with your colour scheme or that matches your house trim, windows or doors. A nice idea is to put up an arbour over the garage door and train some blooming vines or flowers to grow around the garage door. You could also replace the gravel on your drive for a quick pick-me-up and make sure there aren’t any weeds.