If you’ve ever been in the housing market, either buying or selling a home, then you know just how important curb appeal is. A house with great curb appeal will have infinitely more value and attractability than a house that repels people from the outside.
That’s exactly what makes remodeling the outside of your house one of the most worthwhile investments you could make as a homeowner. Your future home buyer will thank you for it, and most likely pay you a prettier penny as well!
However, remodeling the entirety of the outside of your house seems like no easy task. Indeed, it looks more like a daunting, insurmountable load than a manageable one.
That’s because you’re forgetting to break it up into small, individual tasks. The outside of your home is comprised of various little features. To improve the overall look, you need to break the project up into little chunks which by themselves are not at all unmanageable.
To help you get started with exactly that, we’ve got a list of ten things you can start doing today to increase your home’s curb appeal.
Paint Your Home
First and foremost, we have the most obvious tip. Obvious though it may be, it still bears repeating. Paint your home!
Nothing says that you don’t take care of your place than dull, cracked paint. A fresh coat of paint can bring life and vitality back to even the most unfortunate-looking house and will go a long way towards boosting curb appeal.
Painting your home is also one of the easier, more DIY-able projects on this list. After all, there isn’t a whole lot of science to painting. Just look up a couple of tutorials, tape off whatever you don’t want painted, find the right color, and get to brushing!
Replace the Siding
If it isn’t the paint that’s the problem, but rather siding that’s just too far gone, then replacing the siding should be your first instead of a coat of paint. Unlike painting your home, this project will most likely require some professional help.
However, it can still go a long way towards improving the curb appeal and overall value of your home.
Increase Window Size
These days, savvy home buyers know just how important natural light is. Studies have linked poor mental health and depression to homes that have inadequate amounts of natural light.
If you’re living in a home that doesn’t let in enough natural light, not only is your home being undervalued but you’re also living there to the detriment of your mental state!
Fortunately, more natural light is sometimes an easy fix. Simply increase window sizes in order to let in more light. This can be done fairly simply by knocking out a part of the wall (call a contractor).
Get Professional Lawn Care Help
Another big factor of your home’s curb appeal is the condition of its lawn. A well-manicured, cared-for lawn tells you a lot about a homeowner. Either the homeowner spends a lot of time doing it himself or herself or (and here’s the real pro tip) he or she hires someone to take care of it for them!
Lawn care is just one of those things that take up so much time and effort that it may not be worth it doing it yourself. Plus, chances are that there’s some enterprising youngster in your neighborhood who’s willing to take good care of your lawn for a quick buck.
Entrust the curb appeal of your home to professional lawn care help.
Repair Your Sagging Foundation
Another way that you can easily improve your home’s value is by repairing the foundation. If your floor is sagging anywhere, that could be visible from the outside of your home. Foundation repair is an absolute must in such cases.
Replace Your Front Door
Your front door is the most noticeable feature on the front of your house. You want to make sure that it works for you and not against you. By replacing an old, cracked door with a newer one, you’ll noticeably spruce up your home with just one easy change.
In addition, an old door poses a security risk. Large, heavy steel doors are a much better option and add a great modern touch to your home.
Light it Up
Your home should look just as good in the dark as it does during the day.
You should have more than adequate lighting in the driveway and the front door of your home to make it look more inviting. Pro tip: small lamps to line the driveway is always a good buy.
Power Wash Your Driveway
Years of dirt, dust, and rain can play havoc on the aesthetics of your driveway. Get someone to come in with a power washer and clean away the years of grime. You’ll be amazed at the color of the driveway that the power wash reveals.
Clean Your Gutters
Nothing screams “I don’t take care of my home” than dirty, filled-up gutters. This is one of the easiest DIY projects to increase your home’s curb appeal!
This weekend take an hour to clean your gutters and your home’s value will increase, no doubt.
Leverage Outdoor Furniture
Last but not least, leverage outdoor furniture to improve your home’s curb appeal. A couple of well-placed lawn chairs, a picnic table, or a retro-looking tire swing can do so, so much to make your home all the more inviting.
Outdoor furniture makes your home look very personal and lived-in — just make sure to take care of it and not let your furniture become an old, dilapidated eyesore.
Remodeling the Outside of Your House, Made Easy
There you have it — with these tips; you’re all ready to start remodeling the outside of your house to improve your home’s curb appeal. Some of these projects require a contractor, but many others can be done by yourself in a couple of weekends!
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