The curb appeal of your home sends a strong message to your guests and passers-by. Since it is the very first thing that people see when they pass by your house, it strongly communicates your personal style and preference as a home owner, not to mention that it can help retain the value of your property.
If you haven't attended to your home's exterior aesthetics for quite a while now, it's about time that you do so. But what if you do not have a lot of money to spare to revamp your home's entire facade? Fortunately, boosting the curb appeal of your home doesn't necessarily come from a series of expensive major renovations. In fact, there is a host of small and cheap changes you can do that could actually go a long way toward establishing a pleasing curb appeal. Below are some ideas that can help you make your property as appealing as it can be without breaking your pocket.
Organize the greens and clean up the landscaping
Nothing sets off your home than a lush, well manicured and organized lawn or front garden. A quality lawn is much like a welcome mat for visitors to want to pull out some lawn chairs and chat with friends. So if your lawn is looking a little shabby with some brown patches and weeds here and there, the look of your entire property suffers as well.
It's time to bring out the pruners and trim those overgrown hedges. Pull out the weeds and organize the plants. You can transport ornamental greens to frame the entrance of your home and place brick edges to your planting beds to add some texture to your lawn. Regular mowing, weed control, fertilizing and reseeding will definitely do wonders for your curb appeal.
Upgrade ageing hardware
Those digits on your door, along with the light fixtures, door bell, mailbox and entry door lockset also function as decorative elements that can enhance your curb appeal. If these hardware are already out of date, it's about time that you let them retire. When changing old hardware, make sure that the replacements you pick will function collectively. As a rule of thumb, pick pieces that go well with each other and will complement the entire exterior of your home.
Dress up the front door and windows
Remember that your home's front entry, including the door, windows as well as those 4-step stairs among others, serve as the focal point of your exterior space's curb appeal. So what better way to make these elements all the more inviting for guests than improving their looks? Something as simple as cleaning can do wonders for these elements in your entry way.
As for the design itself, you can do a wide variety of things with a little knack of creativity. You can repaint your door, windows and steps to revive their appeal. Hanging a beautiful wreath on your door will make it pop out against the walls. Installing window boxes just underneath your windows will certainly freshen and add charm to your homes exterior, while the addition of movable container plants on your front stairs will definitely make it inviting for guests to step onto them.
Create a walkway
One of the easiest ways to improve curb appeal and at the same time make your home more welcoming is to add a walkway that will directly lead your guests to the front door. If you have a straight path made of concrete, make it more dramatic by replacing it with a contoured design using stepping stones. A less radical approach is for you to apply coloured resurfacer to your concrete pathway and highlight its sides using stone borders.
Accessorise with daily items
Buying new items for your lawn to improve the curb appeal of your home can get costly, especially if you want to opt for one-of-a-kind pieces. Instead of purchasing new ones, try looking around your attic, basement or garage. Search for old items that you may have stashed away. Vintage items can add a whimsical feel to your lawn. For instance, you can spray paint an old birdcage and fill it with flowers and position it in your lawn along with other flowering plants. Breath in new life to a scrap wood by adding your favourite quote into it and then display it in your flower bed.
As you can see, there are many ways how you can revive the curb appeal of your home. It's just a matter of being creative coupled with thoughtful planning and adding some elements that will make your house and yard work together.
About the Author: Article was written by Ericka who writes content for Aqua Protection a roof coatings company based in Scotland, UK.