Maintaining curb appeal

Your home should be a sanctuary that both you and your guests feel welcoming and comfortable and that includes the outdoor space! Your property’s exterior sets the stage for the rest of your house, kind of like a first impression.

If you’re talking about selling your home — now or in the future — curb appeal is extremely important and can impact your sale’s profitability. If a little love could be used in your home’s curb appeal, the good news is that there are some easy and inexpensive ways to do major upgrades. Here are a few: Keep regularly maintained landscaping. Landscaping for your yard is like a haircut— even a small trim will make a world of difference. Keeping your lawn clean will freshen your curb appeal, and may even help you spend more time outdoors. Maintaining a healthy grass height, managing the growth of weeds, cutting edges and hedging are all easy ways to keep up with your landscape. Whether you lack the time or the ability to complete your own landscaping projects, employ a local company to take care of the job.

Look out for front entrance. Your front door will tell tourists a lot about how your property is cared for. When it comes to curbing appeal a front door with rusty hinges, dents or other visible blemishes may be a red flag. Apart from aesthetics, maintenance at the front door is necessary for the protection of you and your family when it comes to things like trimming, threshold, handles and locks.

Even wipping your front door daily for a good cleaning can have a dramatic impact. Apply paint where appropriate, and when it starts to look dirty, give the entire door a fresh coat. Using metal polish on any metal fixtures, or if and when necessary remove the fixtures.

Build living space outdoors. Nothing will encourage you to spend more time outdoors than building a nice outdoor living space. Easy furnishings such as rugs, seating, lighting, dining areas and so on will enhance your home’s living space—a big draw for prospective buyers, and a perfect way to enjoy your home. Be sure to choose stylish outdoor parts that are easy to clean and can hold up well in any weather conditions. Run-down furniture or too many random items can in fact diminish the curb appeal.

Simple decoration applied. Minor investments can have a big impact on your efforts to curb appeal. Choosing a few potted plants (don’t forget to water!) for your doorway or patio, installing outdoor lighting around walkways or openings or incorporating door decoration, such as wreaths and welcome mats, are all inexpensive ideas that can improve the exterior of your house.

Never underestimate the importance of cleaning. If you don’t have the time, energy or budget for anything else, an outdoor cleaning will freshen up your home, and is useful for house maintenance too. Clean the windows, or have them professionally cleaned according to your schedule. Clear any grass, weeds or other debris from the roof and gutters. Declutter and arrange any things, such as bikes, garden tools, recycling or pet supplies, that you store outside. Power washing is a great way to clean your home’s exterior but it needs to be done properly to avoid damaging other surfaces. Hire a power washer and get rental company instructions to clean siding, roofs, driveways, and walkways.

It can take as little as a weekend to raise the curb appeal of your home and cost you next to nothing. Choose ventures that will make the most of the time and effort you put in. First address the basics— sweeping, decluttering, landscaping — and then introduce decoration and furniture. Even the slightest effort can have a positive effect on your home’s curb appeal!