When selling a home, first impressions do matter. Your home’s curb appeal is the first thing a potential buyer will see. Your exterior and landscaping are a significant part of your home’s worth. Several types of landscaping and outdoor features can add both functionality and resale value to your home.
- Painting your front door is an easy solution. Picking an up-to-date bold color can really make your home stand out and create an exciting first impression. Always make sure to match it to the rest of your house.
- A welcoming door mat is another simple solution. What better way to greet guests, and also to keep the dirt outside.
- Update your mailbox. A mailbox that has peeling paint, or is in dis-repair will stick out like a sore thumb and hinder your homes curb appeal.
- Adding several potted plants can greatly improve someone first impressions, by adding color and enhancing the look of your home.
- Add some front door decor. Wreaths are not only for Christmas. Seasonal green and floral wreaths add beauty to any front door, and create a welcoming first impression.
- Healthy and mature trees have been known to improve property values. They block and absorb storm water runoff, and provide energy savings by shading your home in summer and providing windbreaks that help keep it warm in winter.
- Recent surveys of home buyers suggest that they desire outdoor lighting in landscaping. Aesthetically, soft lighting makes your home feel warm and inviting and also allows you to direct attention to a focal point like the front door or flowering trees. From a safety perspective, outdoor lighting makes it more difficult for an intruder to enter your home and also can protect guests from falling.
- Additional curb appeal enhancements you might consider include fencing, retaining walls, attractive walkways and and garage door replacements.
HGTV in a recent article describes 8 Budget Curb Appeal Projects that can add pizzazz to any home’s appearance without breaking your wallet.