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Top Tips to Increase Curb Appeal
Improving your home’s curb appeal will not only make your home more appealing to buyers, but it also can add value to your home. Whether you are looking to sell your home or just spruce it up, here are our tips to improve your home’s curb appeal on a budget.
1. Update your door
This is the focal point of your home. It’s typically what people first see when they arrive. In order to make your home stand out, paint it a fun, vibrant color that complements your home’s color scheme. If you’re still looking to add some character or live in a rental that doesn’t allow painting, add a wreath or doormat that shows off your own personal style and improve your curb appeal in a less permanent way.
2. Get symmetrical
Studies show we are psychologically more attracted to symmetry, which means that more people will find your house appealing if its landscaping and features are symmetrical. You can do this by adding lights or plants on both sides of your door and keeping landscaping even. If you want to switch things up, try out the rule of thirds instead.
3. Trim trees and shrubs
A well-kept lawn should boast neatly trimmed and pruned trees. Dead limbs should be removed as well as dying leaves, stems and blooms. Trees with fungus or other botanical diseases should be inspected for possible treatment or trimming.
4. Eliminate weeds
Many kinds of weeds are hardy and seem to grown in any kind of soil. Avoid harmful herbicides and opt for eco-friendly products that will get rid of weeds without hurting the grass or soil. Many lawn and garden centers carry non-toxic weed killers that are safe for lawns and gardens.
Adding some lighting makes your home attractive at all hours of the day. Placing small lights down your walkway or near landscaping can highlight attractive aspects of your home. Plus, well-lit homes deter intruders and help keep you safe. A bright interior is an attractive feature to potential homebuyers, so avoid planting tall shrubbery or trees in front of windows.
6. Spruce up your mailbox
Your mailbox may be at the end of your driveway, but it is still an extension of your home’s exterior. Paint it to match your color scheme and plant some complementary flowers around it. If your mailbox post is wooden, make sure to choose a durable paint and apply at least 2 coats. Replace or spray paint any old or rusted house numbers on your mailbox to easily improve curb appeal on a budget.
7. Add shutters
Shutters are a great way to add dimension and depth to your home. If you choose to make them functional, they can help control light and ventilation in your home. Plus, they add privacy and security. Make sure to paint them in a shade that matches the rest of your house.
8. Send old gutters to the gutter
Old, dingy gutters and drain spouts can make your home look dated and neglected. If they are rusted or broken, make sure to replace them with a newer, more durable material. To save money on gutters that are still salvageable, give them a power wash to get rid of any dirt or grime.
9. Add lawn accents
Add clusters of seasonal flowers such as daffodils and tulips in the spring, daises and hyacinths in the summer and chrysanthemums and marigolds in autmn. Flower gardens or patio areas can be adorned with clay figurines or potted plants with vibrant blooms. Just be careful not to go overboard!
10. Fix up the driveway
A very easy fix to improve you home’s curb appeal is staining or resealing your driveway. It gives the entrance to the home a clean, slick finish and will extend the life of your driveway.
Make the most of your home's outdoor areas and enhance the curb appeal of your property. Simple efforts like these can make a major improvement and get your more money when you sell your home. When you are ready, let the experts at Maurer help you! Give us a call!
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