By Laura James, Fairmont Agency
Now they may say "don't judge a book my its cover", but for many home buyers the exterior of a home can be a deal breaker!! The exterior of the home makes the home's first impression and you want it to be a good one whether you are selling your home or just want to impress your friends and neighbors. So we have compiled some quick and easy boosters that can upgrade the exterior of your home this weekend!!!
The easiest way to enhance curb appeal is dedicate a few hours to deep cleaning your home’s exterior!! Start off by removing any trash, dead plants, or other eyesores. If your hedges or lawn are in need of some trimming get that in order. Then the fun part, hose off your driveway, sidewalk, windows and fence (for about $75 you can rent a power washer to really get the job done). Finally take some cleaner to your windows and make those suckers shine.
UPDATE YOUR DOOR
You may have a brand new front door in your budget or you can simply paint the one you already have. Bright colors and black doors are really trending right now. It gives you home a nice pop of color without going overboard. If redoing to whole door is too much, give the hardware a fresh new finish with some spray paint.
EDGE YOUR GARDEN BEDS
If you can add some brick or stone edging around your garden beds for a clean and elegant look. If you can’t afford real brick stones, you can use faux brick edging to get a similar look. If all of this is too much, just freshen up the edges with new mulch and make sure the edges have clear boundaries.
SHUTTERS - IF YOU DON'T HAVE THEM, ADD SOME. IF YOU HAVE SOME YOU DON'T LOVE, UPDATE THEM
Shutters are an easy way to accentuate the size of your windows. They make your windows look larger and add visual interest by disrupting a bland exterior wall. For maximum curb appeal, choose a shutter color that contrasts with your home’s color to make it pop.
PAINT - THE ACCENT AREAS
Paint is a quick and easy curb appeal booster. But painting the entire exterior of the house is a BIG and expensive project. So focus on painting the trim, door and shutters.
PAINT ELECTRICAL BOXES
We all have those ugly electrical utility boxes on the sides of our homes. You can easily paint them the color of your house so that they aren’t such an eye sore and will blend in naturally.
REPLACE YOUR HOUSE NUMBERS
Playing off the style of your house, update the numbers to your entry way. You can buy some new numbers or take take a creative spin and DIY a fun spin on the traditional.
UPDATE YOUR LIGHT FIXTURES
Replacing your exterior light fixtures is another curb appeal must. You can usually find outdoor sconces for around $20 at home centers. Just make sure your new light fixtures have the same mounting system. And if you want to save on lighting, a fresh finish can do wonders. Try spray-painting them — a can of spray paint costs around $10. Also, walkway lighting can add great appeal and charm (solar ones can be cheap and easy to install).
KEEP PORCH FURNITURE NEUTRAL
Just as you would aim to simplify the interior of your home so shoppers can envision themselves living there, the exterior of your home should be neutral and welcoming too.
So all those collectibles you (or your significant other) just loves to display need to take a vacation in storage. Focus on a porch that is warm and inviting. Something that feels like you would want to sip lemonade on a summer afternoon.
I love a good welcome mat!! A welcome mat is a simple way to add a bit of persoanlity to your entry way. Whether you want to rep your family or your favorite past times, welcome mats are a quick and easy upgrade.
UPGRADE YOUR MAILBOX
You can install a new mailbox for under $100, or even easier spray paint your existing mailbox to add a pop of interest or just give it an update feel.
Place a small lattice fence or a side of paneling around your air conditioner, and hide your trash bins behind a small fence. You can also hide your hose in a pot or storage bench.