Any real estate agent worth his or her salt will tell you that one of the most important factors determining the value of a property is making sure it has “curb appeal”.
But what is curb appeal? Curb appeal is basically how attractive the house and the surrounding property looks when viewed from the street.
This where the old saying ‘You can’t judge a book by its cover’ doesn’t work because of first impressions, when it comes to houses, matter. Whether you are trying to sell your house or just want to make your neighbors jealous, revamping the exterior will go a long way. Good curb appeal will entice any potential buyers or visitors to take a look inside.
Here are a few design tips to increase the curb appeal of your house:
Declutter and organize
The first step to improving the curb appeal of your house has to be decluttering. Many times we keep the inside of our houses clean and meticulous while we leave the outside to the birds. The outside of the house should represent the inside.
To begin with, get rid of anything that is not required, nonfunctional, dingy or rusting. If you haven’t used something in a year and it’s just lying around the yard or the lawn, remove it. Store all your gardening supplies and grilling equipment in a closed cupboard instead of littering them around the lawn. Having proper parking places for your cycles or lawn mowers
Clean and repair
In time, the once fresh and bright exteriors of your house start looking dull and old because of natural wear and all the dust that they take up over the years.
An easy way to brighten your house is cleaning. Clean out any cobwebs or litter
that may be lying in the lawn or the yard. Using a high-pressure power washing jets to remove the years of grime and dust can instantly liven up the exteriors. You can use it to clean to roof, brick walls, the yard, and the driveway. You can scrub the outdoor shutters, fences and the doors.
Look for minor damages and defects like broken light bulbs, ugly electrical fixtures or chipped paint and fix them. These minor repair works go a long way in improving the curb appeal of your house.
Revamp those windows and door
Another way to improve the curb appeal of your house is to make the doors and windows stand out. You can add a dash of color to the exterior of your house by painting the door a bright welcoming color. If eclectic is not to your taste and you prefer more traditional designs then you could get a custom wooden door or get the existing one restyled. You can add a knocker to the door to make a statement.
Outdoor shutters for windows are a good option and give them a classic look. They look good and also add to the security of your house. You could get exterior window shutters in the traditional wooden style or get bright colored ones that really stand out.
Paint and improvise
A good paint job gives an immediate facelift to the exterior of the house. Outdated or dingy looking fixtures like an old mailbox or house number maybe not convey the aesthetics you want them to. Refurbishing them can go a long way in improving the appeal of your house. You can get a stylish new wall mounted or standing mailbox or restyle the old one to match the theme of your house.
You can also modify the existing number plate or get a new one that matches the architecture better.
The human mind loves symmetry. Try to arrange the fixtures outside your house symmetrically. Not only does it look more organized but is also easier to do. Try to have similar lanterns or plants on their side of your door and your porch. You could also try to incorporate symmetry in how you design your lawn and the driveway.
Outdoor lighting really adds to the appeal of your house. You can add lamp posts in the lawn or add light fixtures to the trees. Illuminating the driveway or the path leading up to the front door makes your house look more welcoming, in addition to providing security. If getting wiring is a problem you could invest in solar lamps.
Whip out that green thumb
Adding greenery is one of the easiest and most impactful ways of making your house look good. Nothing adds as much curb appeal to your house like a well trimmed and maintained a lawn.
Apart from that, you can get window boxes or hanging planters to add more personality to your house. You could also invest in colorful planters to add some contrast or go for stone planters for a more traditional look.
But, what’s more, important than getting all theses is maintaining them. Weed filled Lawns and plants will give your house a very unkempt vibe.
Create a path
Creating a walking path up to the front steps of your house makes it look very welcoming. You can go for a concrete path or spruce up the walkway with bricks and cobblestones. Giving the path a brick paving makes it look very neat and adds to the beauty of the house.
You also can line the path with planter beds or hedges or install lights on either side to illuminate it.
Get cozy outdoor furniture to give your house a more homey and warm look. Too much furniture can make it look cluttered and too little can make it look neglected. Try to match your furniture to the theme of the house. You can add porch umbrellas, tables or an outdoor fireplace to really up curb appeal of your house. Avoid using Old or damaged furniture or grills outdoors on the front side as these can be sore spots on an otherwise well-designed exterior.
Personalize and decorate
Personalize your house by adding small items like garden decorations or water resistant artwork. Choose items that complement the exterior elements of your house. You can get birdbaths, sculptures, water fountains, wind chimes, etc. You can also spruce up your door with some decorative items like wreaths or bells.