Curb appeal is attractiveness of the exterior of a residential or commercial property, as viewed from the street. Now, we all know we live inside the house but we see the outside first! Curb appeal is your homes first impression, so how can you make sure it is a lasting one?
Curb Appeal Exercise
The next time you drive up to your house, make note of the following:
- Your first impression of the house and yard.
- The best exterior features of the house or lot.
- The worst exterior features of the house or lot.
Some quick fixes:
- Kill mold and mildew on the house, sidewalks, roof, or driveway.
- Stow away unnecessary garden implements and tools
- Clean windows and gutters
- Pressure wash dirty siding and dingy decks.
- Mow the lawn. Get rid of weeds.
- Rake and dispose of leaves, even if your lot is wooded.
- Paint the Front Door
- Most exterior paint will cost you approximately $30 a gallon. Painting your home can definitely add some brightness and revive your house. Pick a bold color that makes your house stick out, but make sure to match it to the rest of the colors on your house.
Upgrade Your Mailbox
It doesn’t matter if you have a regular mailbox by the road or if you have a box mounted to your house, adding a new mailbox can add curb appeal. You can find a new mailbox starting around $20.
New House Numbers
If your house has old or faded house numbers on it, purchase some new numbers to spruce up the curb appeal. Try to match your new house numbers with the finish that is on your exterior light fixtures.
- Replace Exterior Lighting
- When buying new exterior light fixtures, consider both the style of your home and the function of the lights. You want them to be able to adequately illuminate your entryway and make it safer.