Great curb appeal is definitely one thing that every homeowner works tirelessly to have. And if you are looking to sell your house quickly on the real estate market. Then following these 7 Curb Appeal Ideas for Your Home’s Exterior will help you out.
7 Curb Appeal Ideas for Your Home’s Exterior
Installing curb appeal doesn’t happen in one weekend. It doesn’t work well. By having multiple to-do lists you can work on your curb appeal over several weekends. And by the end of fall, you will great looking curb appeal. While it might take you two years to create great curb appeal. But the end goal will be amazing and well worth it. Especially if you are looking to sell your home and want to sell it well. Since you only get one chance to make a great first impression here are 7 curb appeal ideas for your home’s exterior.
- Front Door & Sidelights
- Power Washing
- House Numbers
- Mail Boxes
- Exterior Lighting
- Exterior Painting or Staining
Front Door, Driveway & Power Washing
One of the most obvious places that you should start is with the front door. Because this is the place where your guests will enter your home. And you want it to look nice and inviting. Instead of looking beaten up from weather or use. Or just outdated. If the door is in good shape then a good coat of paint is all that is needed. It is also a very economical option to choose from. By replacing the front door and sidelight by yourself then you can save a lot of money.
Pay attention to your driveway. Because it needs to be taken care of as well. Depending on what material was used to make your driveway will depend on how you take care of it. If you have a concrete driveway it might not need to be replaced each year. But it should be cleaned often so that it looks nice. Asphalt driveways need to be resealed every year. You can reseal it yourself. But the cracks should be filled by a professional.
Clean the exterior of your house. There are many areas that need a bath. Power washing the sidewalk to your front door is a must that should be done every year. If you have a concrete driveway than you should power wash it every year as well. You would be surprised at how much dirt and grim are hiding in the cracks of the driveway and sidewalk. And cleaning the exterior of your house every year helps keep the mold and dirt off of it. Just by power washing your house you are giving it a boost of energy as well as making it more inviting. It is also amazingly cost-effective to do yourself on a budget.
Mailbox, House Numbers, & Exterior Lighting
One thing that people sometimes forget about is mailboxes. These are often at the end of a driveway or hanging next to the front door. When they are at the end of the driveway people don’t really look at them because they can pull up in their car to get the mail. If it by the front door, most people enter the house through the garage. And don’t even look at the front of the house. But it doesn’t take much to update your mailbox. If it is made from wood than a simple stain will do the job. And a metal mailbox looks great with a fresh coat of paint. Getting a new mailbox is a great option as well and helps update your look.
House numbers are often what is called ‘the builder’s special.’ Which is just boring house numbers. You can replace them with something larger and that reflects your personality. Hardware stores also have house numbers that have backlighting. So that you can see them more easily at night. And they are a great idea for guests. The new numbers will pop on a pressure washed exterior.
Located by your front door and over your garage, exterior lighting often attracts bugs. But it is easy to clean them 2-3 times a year. You also want to make sure that the lights are in a style that is appealing to potential buyers. When cleaning the lights all it takes is some window cleaner and a little elbow grease to get the job done. If you are shopping to replace the existing exterior lights. Make sure that you take a look at solar ground lights to light up the walkway to your front door. This will give your home’s exterior great curb appeal in the evening as well. And if your house also has side service doors or a back patio door. Don’t forget to replace or clean them just like the ones on the front of the house. If you are replacing the exterior lights it is a good rule of thumb to have them all match.
Exterior Painting or Staining
The last step in the 7 curb appeal ideas for your home’s exterior is painting or staining the exterior of the house. This is the most expensive item on the to-do list. And it is something that should be done every 7-10 years. Because it is a simple part of homeownership. The front door, shutters, downspouts, and gutters are a great place to add accent colors. If you are planning on selling than giving the exterior a simple freshen up is all it takes. Any first-time homeowner will appreciate it if the exterior is already has a fresh coat of paint because they might not have the time or money to do it themselves. So make sure that you take the extra time and money to do it yourself. Even if the exterior of the house just needs a good cleaning don’t go overboard with colors. Keep it simple.
Lotz of Logic
Maintaining the presence of your home’s exterior curb appeal is a must. This is especially true if you are planning on selling or are going to stay there for 20-30 years. Adding in some greenery will make the exterior of your house stand out. Even if it is just planting some flowers around the mailbox. Or adding a flower box on the front porch railing. Greenery gives potential buyers an attractive exterior. And it makes them more likely to want to come inside. The exterior updates don’t have to be extensive or overly expensive. So just by following these 7 curb appeal ideas for your home’s exterior. You can create an amazing look. Curb appeal also helps commercial buildings like doctor’s offices.
Don’t forget, if you need an estimate on curb appeal ideas, give me a call. My team and I have been serving South Barrington, Barrington, North Barrington, Inverness, Lake Zurich, Schaumburg, Elgin, Long Grove, South Elgin, Palatine, Wayne, Deerfield, and all of the Chicago area for 30+ years.