Fifteen Improvements that will Increase Curb Appeal

Posted by Devon Shryock

Every homeowner works hard to create a beautiful and welcoming home. Part of creating a welcoming space is increasing the “curb appeal” of the home. The term, “curb appeal” is just a real estate term that indicates how attractive a home is when one views it from the street.

There are a ton of ways to make your home look more attractive from the exterior. It can become challenging to determine which option is right for your price point and your need. Here are fifteen ideas which will help you increase the curb appeal and even increase the livability of your home:

#1. Change the color of your home. Our sister company, Peninsula Siding Company, works to create beautiful homes by changing the color and aspect of the home using siding. We have also utilized stone accents, an updated trim and matching shutters, or a colorful door to brighten up a dull looking home.

#2. Get those paths sparkling. Not only should you make sure your walkway is clean and hazard-free, make sure it looks gorgeous by refinishing it or taking it out and installing something more consistent with your home’s overall look.

#3. Get a focal point. Your entryway, your door, or even the path leading up to your home may be the part upon which you wish to focus a visitor’s attention. Think with where the eye is drawn when you look at your house from the sidewalk, and then try to enhance that point or create a prettier spot for the eye to rest.

#4. Update your mailbox. An old and rusty mailbox can leave a house looking haggard. It’s small details like this that can give a brighter overall look to your home.

#5. Be symmetrical. Try to add some symmetry to your front entrance using placement of lights or pots to draw the eye forward - through your front door.

#6. Get new house numbers. Rusty or impossible-to-see house numbers can make you blend in with the neighbors. Install new numbers that are bright and obvious, so you and your guests know your home right away.

#7. Go for some drama. You have to love sweeping pathways that lead up to a home. If you have a long lawn or some extra space, add a little drama using long or wide paths up to the grand entrance of your home.

#8. Add natural color. Plants always brighten up the front of a home. If you have a fence or live behind a gate, create a border of pansies or some other easy to care for plant. If you have a lawn or yard, add some playfulness with tall grasses, bushes, or bright flowers.

#9. Install exterior lights. Nothing shows you care about yourself and your visitors more than well-lit pathways and front entryways.  

#10. Line your windows with flower boxes. Boxes filled with bright buds or fragrant kitchen herbs can add a little pizzaz to a dull exterior.

#11. Install new accents. Don’t be afraid to update your porch or add a dormer to the front of your home. These updates can add value to your home and create a lovely look that draws the visitor’s eye.

#12. Highlight something unexpected. You probably have a portion of your landscaping that is beautiful. So, light it up with small spotlights or twinkle lights. Everyone should admire your lovely water feature or the elegant eucalyptus out front.

#13. Make your windows sparkle. Hey, it is spring cleaning time. So, make sure your windows are clean on the inside and outside.

#14. Change out old hardware. The overhead light fixture that has been there since the early 80’s has got to go. Update your home entrance just as you would when remodeling the interior of your home.

#15. Get a remodel. Remodeling the exterior of a home as well as the interior will give it the gorgeous, consistent look that you have always wanted. So, don’t be afraid to give your home a fresh start by getting a remodel.

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