Curb appeal is a term that refers to the first things that are seen when walking or driving up to a home. This usually includes the entire home and the front yard. When your curb looks appealing, your property value immediately goes up, and this is an important factor if you’re trying to sell your home.
If you take a look at some of the best homes for sale in Florida, you will notice that nearly all of them look extravagant in terms of their curb appeal. Making the best first impressions will help you drive up the sale prices of your home. Homeowners need to think of this as some form of an investment that will help them when they are looking to sell their house and move to a newer place.
Here are some tips on how to improve your home’s curb appeal, thus increasing your overall property value.
Most roofs need to be replaced after 20-25 years, depending on the type of material it’s made out of. External factors can also determine how often a roof needs to be replaced, such as the weather. However, if your roof is missing shingles or there’s leaking and/or water damage in your attic, then it’s definitely time to replace your roof.
Just keep in mind that this job is best done by professionals, even if you have a single -story home. It’s still dangerous working from a height, and doing a poor job on your roof can actually decrease your home’s property value.
The siding on a home can last an average of 30 years— again, depending on what it’s made out of. Wood siding, for example, may only last up to 10 years, whereas vinyl siding will last much longer. Like your roof, your siding will hold up depending on factors like the weather, and it will also let you know when it’s time to replace it. Siding that keeps falling off, rotting, and has cracks/gaps needs to be replaced.
Most garage doors can last up to 30 years if it’s been properly installed and maintained. Minor, cosmetic damage to your garage door can definitely bring down your curb appeal, but it doesn’t mean that you have to replace the entire door— especially if your door still functions fine. Instead, look into garage door repairs.
On the other hand, if the functioning of your garage door is damaged, then it’s time for a replacement— if replacing the springs/battery/etc. doesn’t solve the problem, or if your door is particularly old. Even if there’s no cosmetic damage (and your overall curb appeal is intact), you still want to invest in a properly functioning garage door.
Oftentimes, your entire house may not need a new coat of paint to boost curb appeal. Instead, pressure washing it to remove the debris that has built up over time may do the trick. However, painting some parts of your home may help boost curb appeal— and you won’t have to hire a professional to achieve this.
Touching up the paint on your front door can make a world of difference for your curb appeal. You can even opt to paint your door a different color.
Painting your window shutters can make your home look new just as painting your front door would. You may want to paint both your front door and your window shutters the same color for a more cohesive look— although certain color schemes may work together.
While you’re painting the accents of your home, don’t forget your mailbox. Again, you’ll probably want to stick with a cohesive look so don’t use too many different colors. You can also plant a small flower bed around your mailbox, and don’t forget to update your house numbers (and on your home as well).
Don’t Forget the Landscape
You definitely should not forget the landscaping of your home when trying to improve your curb appeal. First, start with basic lawn care such as mowing and watering your lawn. You can even hire a lawn care company to help you with specialized lawn services, such as aeration and seeding.
Basic lawn care is enough to boost curb appeal, but you can also hire landscapers to add flowers and more greenery to your front and backyards. Remember, curb appeal is the first thing that anyone sees when pulling up to your home.
Even if you don’t plan on selling your home in the near or distant future, it’s still important to keep up with its maintenance. You should still replace your roof, siding, and garage door when there’s damage or after they’re recommended to be replaced, and you should at least pressure wash your home to remove the debris that has accumulated over time. Finally, you should make sure you’re taking care of your lawn and also that it’s healthy and there are no underlying issues.