Many homeowners only think about curb appeal when they’re preparing to sell a property. While this is important, creating aesthetically-pleasing accents provides year-round benefit for everyone who sees your house. That includes you, your family and friends, as well as neighbors and visitors.
There’s a simple pleasure in coming home to an area that feels safe and comfortable. When you pull into the driveway, you know you’re in a relaxing space you can call your own.
Though many homeowners shy away from improvements out of concerns for time and cost, you might be surprised at just how simple and inexpensive basic upgrades can be.
Here’s how you can improve curb appeal starting today:
Make Minor Repairs and Improvements
Start by fixing broken latches and hinges, painting over rust spots, and scrubbing house numbers to reveal a fresh, clean new look. Smooth-over dents in rain gutters and downspouts. Straighten lights and other fixtures that have been turned askew by the wind. Right overturned paves, and replace those that are cracked or broken.
Consider renting a power-washer to remove dirt and debris from driveways and sidewalks. Edged lawns also present a crisp, manicured appearance.
Lastly, make sure to remove leaves and debris from the roof area. Often overlooked, a disheveled roof can quickly derail even the best efforts at outstanding curb appeal.
Focus on the Front
The front door/porch area is the focal point for curb appeal. Even the finest landscaping falls short if entryways are overgrown or otherwise in disrepair.
Create interest by using bold colors on doors and window shutters. Remove dirt and debris from siding and hardware (doorknobs, railings). Tie the inside of your home to the outside by adding a personal accent, such as a wreath or art feature.
Unfinished edges and loose ends can easily be masked by adding latticework. This is both inexpensive and easy to install. You can also spruce up the mailbox area by planting flowers, adding mulch, and/or installing a small accent piece, such as a garden gnome or globe.
Strive for Symmetry
Our eyes are naturally drawn to symmetrical display. Luckily, this style is easy to achieve and maintain.
Flank doors by two lights or planters. You can also use garden art to achieve an inviting and peaceful appearance.
In addition, strategically placing furniture outside gives the impression of a warm and relaxed living area. The bonus is that you’ll spend more time outside with friends and family when you create such a space.
Borrow the Best Ideas
Adding container gardens is a great way to add both curb appeal, and provide healthy food for your family. Outdoor art adds interest and excitement. Birdbaths, fountains, windchimes, metalwork, and outdoor sculptures are all excellent choices.
In Florida, there are many drought and heat tolerant plants and flowers that come in a variety of colors and unique leaf designs. Adding color and variety to the exterior of your home creates a calming and welcoming atmosphere.
Curb appeal doesn’t have to break the bank or take up all your time. Use these tips to instantly improve the general look and feel of your property. You can also find other ideas and suggestions through the photos section of our website.