I love to walk nice neighborhoods and get inspiration from the beautiful homes that I see. Looking at them always gets me thinking of ways to improve my own home’s curb appeal. Sometimes small changes can make a huge difference – like rerouting a front walkway to enhance a home’s symmetry. Or adding window shutters to give a home a more traditional vibe.
So I thought it would be fun to share this post, brought to me by a guest writer, with a few more suggestions for adding curb appeal to our properties.
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5 Ideas To Improve Your Home’s Curb Appeal
Do you ever look at the front of your home and wonder what steps you can take to improve it? Your home’s curb appeal is important for a variety of reasons. It is the all-important first impression that neighbors and guests have of your home. And, if you’re thinking of selling, curb appeal is a crucial element in attracting buyers. After all, if the street view of your house is not appealing, many potential buyers won’t bother coming inside to see the rest of it.
Here are some of the best ways to add curb appeal to your home.
1. Define The Property With A Border
Adding a border to your property in the form of an attractive fence or retaining wall can help define the boundaries of your property and make it look neat and contained. Even doing something as simple as placing stones around the edge of your property can make a difference.
Believe it or not, this can have a tremendous impact and catch the attention of anyone looking at your home. It gives your home a little more texture and character too. You’ll just need to make sure that you are taking the right steps to maintain the border and keep it tidy and weed free.
2. Add More Color
Consider adding more color to your home exterior. One of the ways to do this is to add some tropical plants around the outside of your home. Seek out plants with unique texture and color. If you research online, you’ll find that certain tropical plants will grow in a variety of climates, including colder temperatures.
Front doors are important too. Add a coat of fresh paint to your front door in an eye-catching color and then choose plants and flowers that coordinate with the door color. If you are planning to sell your home, it pays to research currently popular color themes and choose colors that are likely to appeal to most buyers.
3. Choose A Unique Feature
A water feature can create a wonderful aesthetic in your garden. Some water features, such as terraced ponds, can be quite expensive to install and maintain. Yet they are very rewarding. Others, like birdbaths and small fountains, are much easier to create and care for. Just do the research and be honest with yourself about how much time and money you are prepared to devote to a water feature.
Other features, such as trellises, oversized pots, statues, and gazebos, can also add impact and character to your garden.
4. Improve The Driveway
Next, you might want to think about improving your property’s driveway. The driveway takes up a massive surface area of the property, so it does make sense to focus on this. You might also find that your driveway has seen better days. Perhaps there are a few cracks and potholes due to extended use. If that’s the case, then a repair could be the right decision. Alternatively, you could opt for a brand new driveway.
Your options here aren’t as limited as you might think. You can make a lot of fantastic changes depending on the material that you use. For instance, you could use river rock to create a mosaic. If you’re not sure how to achieve this type of effect, speak to a contractor. They should be able to help you with the right choices here. Be aware that you still need to think practically. The driveway has to be strong enough for both cars and foot traffic.
5. Improve The Garage Door
Perhaps even more so than front doors, garage doors make an important first impression with your home. You might think that garage door options are limited, but actually there are many design options available. And adding a system so that your garage door opens automatically will make your home look like a contemporary dream.
We hope this helps you understand some of the best ways that you can improve the curb appeal of your home. By taking these steps, you can have a tremendous impact on the value of your property and the impression that it makes on anyone who comes to see it.
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