Most people understand the importance of curb appeal when it comes time to sell a home, but curb appeal is actually important all the time. You spend a lot of money on your home, just on the mortgage alone, so boosting your curb appeal can help make you feel a lot better about all the money you spend on your home. In addition, unsightly, untidy or unkempt homes can actually decrease your neighbor’s property values. People don’t just want to live in a nice home, they want to live in a nice neighborhood. Here are 5 inexpensive ways to boost your home’s curb appeal – and that of your entire neighborhood.
1. Paint trim, shutters and doors
Just painting the trim, shutters and doors of your home is an inexpensive DIY project you can do in a few hours that is like giving your home a facelift. You can paint them the same color or use this as an opportunity to create a fresh new look.
2. Create an inviting portal
They say that your eyes are the window to your soul, and your front door is the portal to your home. Hang a wreath on the door, throw down a welcome mat and maybe hang a swing or place a rocking chair on your front porch. Essentially, you want to create an inviting entry. You can also line your walkway with natural stone or brick and set out some potted plants in the summer. Creating great curb appeal doesn’t have to mean high maintenance.
3. Update your accessories
A new mailbox or house numbers can go a long way towards creating a fresh, new look for your home – not to mention making it easier for people to find you. Replacing the hardware on your door is also a great, inexpensive way to update the look of your home. Small details matter, so don’t forget to pay attention to them.
4. Get your siding cleaned
Much like painting your trim, shutters and doors, a good siding cleaning can give your entire house a fresh, new look. You may be surprised at just how much you start to love your home again after just giving your siding a good cleaning.
5. Replace your garage door
At one time, garage doors were all relatively the same. Just a giant sheet of metal that rolled up to allow you access to your home. Today, however, garage doors come in an array of styles and colors to match any home, or update the look entirely. You can get garage doors that resemble barn doors for your ranch-style home, rustic wood doors for your cabin-style home or modern frosted glass doors to give your traditional suburban home a more urban feel.