How to Improve the Curb Appeal of Your Home

Posted by on Wednesday, July 1st, 2015 at 3:59pm.

Whether you are getting ready to sell your home or you just want to beautify the property, it’s all about improving the home’s curb appeal. A home that looks great on the outside can help to drive up property values in the area, makes the neighbors happy, and makes the owners proud. You can do a number of different things to boost your home’s curb appeal. Let’s get started with some simple tips that you can employ.

Landscaping and Décor

Good landscaping is more than merely keeping your lawn mowed. It’s about using the right elements in the right places. This could include things such as a flowerbed along the front of the house, bushes, trees, and even fountains. Good landscaping should accentuate the look of the home and be a natural extension of it. Those who are just moving into the home and who don’t have the time to plant and grow flowers from seeds can always choose plants already in containers to create a container garden.

Keep in mind that there’s certainly such a thing as “too much” when it comes to the décor and landscaping of the yard. The days of multiple pink flamingos, flanked by an army of garden gnomes, is gone. The right flowers, trimmed bushes, and perhaps a few simple décor items are all you really need.

The Walkways and Driveway

The driveway and walkways to the home are extremely important. You want to have a quality driveway without divots and cracks. You want to have walkways that are safe and beautiful. Whether you choose something simple such as gravel, or you want stamped concrete, make sure that the look of the walkways matches the overall style of the house to help tie everything together.

Outdoor Lighting

Adding some outdoor lighting is as much about safety and security as it is about aesthetics. You can find some attractive lighting options that you can place along the walkway or driveway, or that you can add to other areas of the yard. You can even highlight the trees and flowers with lighting.

Some New Paint or Siding

Over the years, siding and paint can show signs of wear. Something as simple as a paint job, or adding new siding, can drastically improve the overall look of the home, making it more attractive to the owners as well as potential buyers. If you feel that you need some new siding or paint, you might be tempted to do the job on your own. While it might be possible, it is often much easier to simply hire a professional for the job. They can do it in less time and they can make sure they do the job right the first time.

Check the Gutters and Downspouts

If you have an older home, the gutters and downspouts may have seen better days. They might be rusting and falling away in certain areas. Replacing them can improve the overall quality of the home when it comes to appearance as well as function. The simplest option is to choose a vinyl system that snaps together and is relatively easy to install. If you want something that looks even better and lasts a long time, you may want to consider some of the new copper systems on the market.

These are some of the best ways to improve the curb appeal of your home. Some of them may take more time and effort than others, but you can be sure that each of these tips will help you improve the look of your property. You will love the results.

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