Definitive Guide to Easy Curb Appeal

Posted by TM5 Properties Agent on Sunday, September 4th, 2016 at 11:29am.

Having great curb appeal will not only improve the likelihood of interested buyers coming inside to take a closer look, but having pride in ownership can do a lot to improve your mood as well.

 

We’d all like to have a house that instantly makes guests feel welcome and that we are happy to come back to after a long work day. I’ve taken lots of simple, inexpensive curb appeal projects and divided them into 5 main categories.

 

Start with what’s easy for you to do now and build upon that momentum for more labor intensive projects. You can do this, and it will be SO worth the effort.

 

1. Clean & Camouflage

Power wash your driveway and bricks, stone, or siding

Scrub your front door & windows

Make electricity boxes blend in by painting them to match your house

Disguise hoses, AC units, and dumpsters with baskets/planters and privacy fences

 

 

2. Hardware

New Front Door Handle & Knocker

(Or, see this guide for how to spray paint your existing hardware)

http://littlegreennotebook.com/2013/12/how-to-spray-paint-hardware.html/

 

Decorative Garage Door Handles & Brackets

– Here’s a Step by step guide

http://garrdenoflove.blogspot.com/2012/11/garage-door-makeover.html

 

Proudly display house numbers in a modern font

Whether you’re looking for adhesive vinyl for your mailbox, stencils to paint your curb or oil-rubbed aluminum to mount by the garage, this site has lots of options

http://www.modernhousenumbers.com/collections/numbers-and-letters

 

And here:

http://www.dwr.com/accessories-outdoor/neutra-modern-house-numbers/6209.html?lang=en_US

You can find many more options on Etsy & Amazon.

 

 

3. Paint

Front door – don’t be afraid of a bold color like blue, red or black. It might not be for every home, but check out these tips on picking the right color:

http://www.postcardsfromtheridge.com/2014/04/30-front-door-colors-with-tips-for.html

 

And there’s even an App to sample what it will look like:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/front-door-paint/id649226406?mt=8

 

Mailbox - Rather than buying a whole new one -- see if black spray paint can't give yours new life

House Trim painted in a complimentary color can give you house a polished look. Keep in mind that not everyone is an expert painter -- know your limits and hire a pro when it comes to getting things done correctly.

 

4. Greenery

Window Boxes & Hanging Planters full of colorful, seasonal flowers give your home vibrancy and show that it has been cared for.

Planting flower beds around trees makes them stand out from your grass.

 

5. Add-Ons

Shutters – though often non-functional add dimension and character to your façade.

Window trim can make windows look more modern and larger.

Molding that frames your front door gives the entry depth and makes it a focal point.

A curving stone walkway from the curb makes entry easy for anyone not parking in the garage.

A bench, rocking chairs or a porch swing give an inviting, homey vibe.

For around $10 you can get a new Welcome mat.

Solar powered lights along the walkway are less expensive since they don’t have to be wired into the electrical lines, plus they’re green!

Carriage lanterns and golden yellow light bulbs make your home picturesque at night.

 

I hope you find these tips helpful -- and I hope your house looks even better this time next year!

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