If you want to spruce up your outdoor space or seek to improve aesthetics and value ahead of a listing, let's look at five ways to boost your home's curb appeal this spring.
Stick to the basics for excellent curb appeal
Enhance the landscape without over-engineering
Beyond the fundamental underpinnings of simple landscaping that looks great and is easy to care for, you want those natural elements to accentuate your home's best features. That same less is more approach applies, but you can do it while also adding vibrancy and pops of color.
Excessive foliage results in a reduction of sunlight to areas of your property.
Too much growth from one or two plants can suffocate the development of others.
Overly complex landscapes and layouts can prove too much of a burden as they are both costly and time-consuming to maintain.
Don't neglect the landscape's structural and utility components. Deteriorated fencing can detract from an otherwise well-kept yard. Inadequate drainage is hard to miss wherever it may be on your property and is a red flag to potential buyers.
Remember, your landscaping isn't just one or two items — it's all of them combined. From the trees and shrubs to the grass and mulch with the fencing leading out to the walkway — when contemplating ways to boost your home's curb appeal, assess the landscape as a whole. Determine which areas require additions or removals, decide if an overhaul is necessary, or choose to leave an area as-is. A fantastic outdoor environment is cohesive and complements the home it serves.
Be mindful of the home's exterior facade
In older homes (but possible at any age), a dwelling's facade fades after years of encountering the elements. A few of the issues you might face include:
Paint fading on siding or stucco
Dirt or moss buildup on stone and brick
Foggy, stained, or hazy windows (typically from moisture penetration)
Rusted or debris-filled gutters
Dilapidated garage doors
Cracked, chipped, and stained drive- and walkways
Rotting wood on posts or railings or rotting trim around doors and windows
Loose shingles or roof discoloration
When addressing your home's physical structure, determine where the greatest needs are, and invest your time and resources in those. Most locations around your home will only require superficial attention — power washing the facade, windows, driveway, and walkways is often all the attention your home needs.
When it comes to more urgent repairs, prioritize those that can do more harm if left alone. For example, rotting trim or broken gutters may lead to water intrusion, drainage, or foundation issues. Fix those items first to beautify your home and keep more severe problems at bay.
Also, some areas may benefit more from a replacement versus a fix. Replacing high ROI items like your garage door, front entry, windows, or siding, will boost your home's value and curb appeal.
Enhance the lighting scheme
Lighting is the unsung hero in enhancing your property's curb appeal. Most critically, lighting is a wonderful security feature. The better lit your home, both front and back, the less likely it is to be a target for unwanted visitors.
A prominent lighting scheme also provides your home with undeniable warmth and drama. Installing lights along walkways, around patios, in plant beds, and at the base of trees provides a house with a stunning level of illumination that would-be buyers would love to claim as their own. Similarly, upgrading your lighting at the rear of the home improves your home's outdoor entertaining areas.
Lighting isn't just a nighttime aesthetic. Architecturally attractive fixtures for your front porch or post lighting will enhance daytime curb appeal. This is even more true if your house has a distinctive design style, such as the Tudors found in Upper Arlington or the mid-century moderns in Bexley.
Don’t overlook small, but meaningful intangibles
For instance, is your home lacking in flower beds? Potted seasonals on a patio or along a walkway add an extremely low-maintenance pop of color.
If you want to truly pinpoint the finer details of your home's curb appeal, replace those items that don't matter until they do (in other words, when they're noticed by someone other than you). This includes your mailbox, door hardware like knobs, doorbells, door knockers, and house numbers. Again, some theses might fall under neighborhood standards, but every element counts in the pursuit of improving your home's curb appeal.
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