Real estate agents are constantly talking about a home's curb appeal, but what exactly do they mean?
Curb appeal is simply the visual attractiveness of your home as seen from the street, or qualities of the home that make it attractive to a buyer when they are only viewing the home from outside.
There are a variety of ways you can improve your home's curb appeal, many of which can be completed within a single weekend. A few quick projects include:
- Landscaping - Mowing your yard, edging any area near the concrete (street, driveway, sidewalks, etc), adding flowers to flower beds, fresh mulch, trimming back bushes and trees, and adding colorful, potted plants to your front porch
- Painting - A quick touch-up on your mailbox, mailbox post, front door, shutters or trim can make a big difference.
- Your Roof - Cleaning or repairing any dingy or damage roof shingles can improve curb appeal factor tremendously
- Decks - Pressure washing your deck, patio, driveway and sidewalks is a quick boost for all your concrete walking areas
- Windows - Simply cleaning your windows with soap, water and a squeegee can brighten up the view from inside and out. If windows are in need of repair or replacement, the project will take longer, and will result in not only increased curb appeal but also increased home value.
- House Numbers (Address) - Shiny, bold, modern numbers on the front of the home are a super quick, easy and cheap curb appeal makeover.
Don't waste another minute. Even if you aren't looking to sell your home, you will enjoy returning home every day after work when your home's exterior is more appealing. Be proud when you have company. Take a couple of hours, visit your local home improvement store, and get started on these simple home curb appeal ideas.