Is your home gorgeous on the inside but lacking on the outside? Curb appeal is important whether you’re staying in your home or selling it.
Granted, it’s extremely important if you’re planning to sell. However, if you’re a renter, curb appeal should be something you work on.
Your home is a reflection of you. Don’t you want it to be beautiful? Let’s take a look at some tricks to improve your curb appeal.
Sometimes all you need to do is clean around the outside of your home. Pressure wash your siding, porch, walkways, etc. Clean up any yard debris, such as fallen limbs. You also want to trim your plants and mow your grass. Just do some general maintenance to make your home shine.
Apply a Fresh Coat of Paint
If your home’s paint is peeling or just looks dated, invest in painting your home. If you hire someone, this can be very expensive. It’s not uncommon for a house painting job to cost $5,000 or more depending on the size of your home. Invest in a paint sprayer and good quality paint, set aside a weekend for painting, and do the job yourself to save some serious cash.
Sometimes you just need to start over. If your bushes are horribly overgrown and your flower gardens are a complete mess, clear everything out and start fresh. You don’t have to purchase a lot of plants to recover the area all at once. Just clearing out the old can give your home a fresh, clean look.
Plant Some Evergreens
Evergreens are always a wonderful choice because they give your curb appeal a boost all year long. If you purchase your plants small, you’ll save a lot of money. Mature evergreens can cost a fortune. The same goes for any other plants you might purchase. For example, mature trees can cost $1,000 or more.
Add Pops of Color
A pop of color can make such a difference. You can add a pop of color to your front door. You can hang flower baskets. You could even spray paint some worn outdoor furniture in a bright color to make the pieces new again. Don’t be afraid to add pops of color in different ways.
Keep It Clean
It’s not enough to clean up your yard once. Keeping your home’s curb appeal gorgeous requires spending time on it each and every week. Clean up debris from thunderstorms. Brush the leaves from your porch in the fall, etc. You’ll want to pressure wash your home two times per year. If you own a pressure washer, you can do this more often without spending a lot of money (and if you don't, you can rent one from your local home improvement store).
Curb appeal improvement doesn’t have to be super expensive. There are things you can do to make your home look just as gorgeous on the outside as it is on the inside. The key is to do as many of the projects you can on your own. Paying someone to pressure wash or paint your home can be really expensive. Always look for ways to do more with less.