5 Easy Ways to Increase Your Home’s Curb Appeal
Are you considering selling your home or just looking to spruce it up? Either way, first visual impressions matter, whether you’re a human or a house and a picture is worth a thousand words. In real estate, curb appeal, the attractiveness of a house’s exterior as viewed from the street, is one of the most important factors to consider when you are considering putting your home up for sale. Luckily, improving your home’s curb appeal is not at all difficult. Here are 5 simple ways to increase your home’s curb appeal:
1. Utilize art design concepts
The human eye appreciates clean, symmetrical looks. This is true when people are looking at faces, and when they are looking at houses. Most of the world’s prettiest people have the most proportionate, well-balanced features, and you can do the same with your house.
Keep the front of the house clean and uncluttered, balance light and dark colors, and place decorations equidistant from each other for a beautiful, symmetrical look. Visitors will feel intrinsically at ease when they gaze upon your house’s well-designed exterior. And all it takes is a little cleaning and moving of the decorative elements that you already have to build your curb appeal.
2. Use nature to your advantage
Trees, flowers, and colorful, living plants can help your home look more inviting and lovely. Planting a tree on your lawn or adding flower boxes to your front porch does not require much work or money, and can delight visitors all year long. Select local varieties of flowers and trees, particularly ones that have bright colors and can last through multiple seasons. Decorative pots or stylish planters can also add to the beauty and ambiance of your home’s exterior. Remember to select pots and planters (and plants!) that match or complement your home’s trimmings and color scheme.
3. Focus on your front door
Your home’s front door is the first thing visitors see before entering the house. Make sure that your door says to anyone who stops by: “Welcome, friend!” instead of, “Stay away! Danger zone!” Clean the glass, touch up the paint job, repair sagging screens, remove rotting wood, or whatever else is necessary to make the opening to your home welcome visitors with open arms. This will help your home’s curb appeal for real.
4. Makeover your mailbox
Besides the front door, the first thing potential home buyer’s eye sees when they visit a house for the first time is…your mailbox. This humble communication holder is not only prominently featured right next to the street, it also can say a lot about the homeowner’s personality. Dress up your mailbox for curb appeal by giving it a fresh coat of paint that complements the home behind it, or surround it with beautiful flowering plants.
5. Manicure your lawn
Green is the color of life, renewal, energy, and nature. It is often associated with freshness, growth, and safety. It’s no wonder, then, that a well-manicured lawn is one of the biggest assets to a home’s curb appeal. If your home features a front lawn, take good care of it. Besides watering and mowing your lawn regularly, and cleaning dead grass, leaves, and debris from it with a rake, you can use compost, fertilizer, and a core aerator to aerate and fertilize the lawn. Grass grows quickly. And before long you will have a patch of lush, green grass beautifying your property and enhancing its curb appeal.
And in conclusion…
Just like people, homes also need a little care and attention now and then to look their best. And it doesn’t need to take an extreme amount of time or money to significantly improve your home’s curb appeal. With a little attention to detail, cleaning, reorganizing, and perhaps a few potted plants or pails of paint, you can easily makeover your home and make all visitors fall in love with it at first glance.
These simple tips should help you get your home looking fantastic in no time at all.
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