Curb Appeal 101

When it comes to your home’s exterior, curb appeal is the key to making a lasting and positive impression. A visually appealing exterior not only impresses your neighbors but also sets a positive tone for visitors and potential buyers. Whether you’re looking to sell your home or simply just enhance it’s appearance, implementing some key strategies can make a significant difference. It’s easy to get carried away with exterior improvements so it’s important to try to keep it practical and focus on the necessary changes first.

Before you begin any improvements at all, give your home’s exterior a thorough cleaning. Pressure wash the walls, sidewalks, and driveway and clean the windows inside and out to ensure they let in plenty of natural light. Having a clean canvas will provide a solid foundation and allow you to get a clear look at what really needs done.

From here, you can start with the one of the most vital components of curb appeal: landscaping. Trim overgrown shrubs and trees, remove weeds, and ensure the lawn is well-maintained. You can add pops of color by planting a variety of flowers and plants that bloom at different times to ensure year-round appeal. To compliment your flower beds, freshen up your mulch or river stone to allow for a cleaner, more aesthetically pleasing look.

If you really want to transform the look of your home, one of the most effective ways is with a fresh coat of paint. Choose a color scheme that complements the architectural style and neighborhood aesthetics. Consider updating or repainting any worn-out or chipped features to create that crisp and well-maintained look. If you don’t want to commit to painting the entire exterior, start with the front door, shutters, and trim, as these details can greatly enhance the overall appearance.

Lighting is another way to quickly enhance your curb appeal while also improving the safety of your home. Install well-positioned path lights along walkways and driveways and use spotlights to highlight the architectural features, such as columns or trees. For your deck, patio, or back yard area, use warm toned string lights or lanterns to create that cozy and enchanting ambiance. This is one of the easiest ways to set the tone you’re wanting without totally breaking the bank.

Finally, pay attention to the small details that can make a big difference. Outdated fixtures and hardware can detract from the overall appeal of your home. Replace worn-out or mismatched items such as door handles, house numbers, mailbox, and outdoor lighting fixtures. Stick to a cohesive design that complements your home’s style and creates a unified and polished look.

Curb appeal plays a crucial role in creating a positive and memorable first impression of your home. By investing time and effort into enhancing your home’s exterior, you can elevate its aesthetics, boost its value, and create a warm and inviting atmosphere. From landscaping and maintenance to small upgrades and personal touches, every detail contributes to the overall curb appeal of your home. Embrace the power of curb appeal and transform your house into an appealing and welcoming haven.

Eve Leombruno, 2023 MBOR President