When we think of curb appeal we immediately think of a maintained landscape, beautiful flowers and shrubs, and a unique front door. While these things can and will create a beautiful exterior , have you ever thought why people work so hard to maintain the exterior of their homes?
Did you know that curb appeal can increase the perceived value of your home by 5-11%?
When selling your home, having good curb appeal can help sell your home faster. It is important for a buyer to form a positive opinion of your home. Seeing that the exterior is maintained and taken care of gives people the impression that the interior will be just as nice.
Even if you are not trying to sell your home, but you want to spruce up the outside, there are quick and easy things you can do to increase the look of your home, without breaking the bank.
With a little love and attention, you can get your home to look amazing and give yourself a little more pride as you walk through your front door. Here are a few easy things you can do to get your home looking fresh and clean.
1. Power wash your exterior.
When spring comes around power washing should be one of the first thing on your list. Washing off the dirt and grime that has been collecting all winter will instantly give your home a facelift. Not only will it give your siding new life, it will also give it longevity. Longevity for your home? Yes!! When you clean your siding and furniture by removing grime and mildew, they will actually last longer. Less replacements, Less cost for you. While you're at it, power wash your walkway, patio, and outdoor furniture too. Make sure to check if the material can handle the power first though. If you are not sure if your siding or furniture can be power washed, call the professionals. Professional power washing can be a huge hack in uplifting your exterior. Call www.refinedviews.com for an estimate today.
2. Clear the clutter.
Take a walk around your yard. Clean up any garbage, and debris that's hanging around. Take down any decorations that are leftover from previous holidays or seasons. These kind of things are eye sores and can create stress in your mind. Use this time to listen to some good music and get in the zone. Not only will you be cleaning up your yard, but you will be cleaning up your mental mess as well. Figure out what you actually need to have in your space and give everything a home. Kids toys and outdoor games should have a special place dedicated to just that. Organize your yard just like you would organize inside the home. It will make your life so much easier.
3. Window boxes and planters.
This is a fast and easy way to make your home look more inviting and appealing. Adding window boxes under your window sills can add a special look to your home, giving it more character and personality. You can buy them almost anywhere and they are fairly simple to install. If your feeling extra handy you can DIY some window boxes yourself. Here is a link to make some custom cedar boxes from Pinterest. pin.it/2ZQv8PY.
Don't have a green thumb? Add succulents to your window box instead. Succulents are low maintenance and pretty durable, so if you neglect to water them they wont be so touchy.
4. Hardware and Paint.
Sprucing up your front door with a fresh coat of paint or stain is a great way to give a nice pop to your home. Whether you want to go with something bold for the front like a deep blue, or keeping it simple with a nice hard wood, make sure it goes with the scheme of your home. You don't want the colors to clash together. Adding pops of color to your shutters and/or mailbox can be fun and exiting for your home as well. You can also upgrade the hardware on your front door. Update the hardware to stay with the flow of your home and any accents that you might have elsewhere on the exterior.
5. Outside Décor and lighting.
This is where you can add your own personal touch. Adding a sign for the number of your home adds some character and personalization. You can even add some outdoor art, like metal signs to hang on the siding and/or welcome signs that go with the flower pots. These are extra touches that go along way. Making it your own, bringing life and beauty to your front porch.
Is it time for a new light fixture outside? Upgrading your light fixtures to match your hardware or scheme of the home will tie the house together. It's a great way to bring some..new light.. to your home.
6. Window cleaning.
Cleaning your windows regularly is a must. A clean window really shows that you care about the value of your home. Window cleaning doesn't just look good, but it helps with air quality in your home and increases the life span of your windows. Maintaining your windows regularly will save you money in window repairs and replacements. It makes your home more efficient by allowing sunlight to enter in and heat your home with natural sunlight. Walking up to your shiny windows will give you instant satisfaction. If time is not on your side, call the professionals. Here at Refined we take pride in our window cleaning. We value your windows just as much as you do and make sure to not harm the glass. Not only do we take care of the glass itself, but also the trim around it. If you are looking for an estimate on window cleaning look no further. Call today.
-7. Maintained Landscape.
This might be the most expensive part of your curb appeal journey. A well maintained yard and landscape is the best way to upgrade your curb appeal and the value of your home. Hiring a professional landscaper is ideal because they know all the ins and outs of your yard, but its not out of the question to do it yourself. Trimming your bushes and hedges regularly will make a big impact on the look of your home. You should be replacing mulch and/or rock annually. Gravel rock is fairly inexpensive and easy to maintain. Mowing your grass and fixing dead grass spots is important too. Getting your yard to flow with beautiful green lush grass, there is nothing better. Live in a place where the grass gets really dry? Try painting your grass. This is eco-friendly and non-toxic and it makes your home stand out from the rest. Here is a link for more information on painting your yard. www.lawnstarter.com/blog/lawn-care-2/how-paint-grass-green-winter/
There are so many ways to spruce up your home and make it more appealing to you and your neighbors. Use the Power of curb appeal to make you stand out from the crowd and influence others to maintain their homes. I hope this article was helpful and you can start your curb appeal journey today!