If it’s true that you never get a second chance at a first impression, then taking care of your home’s exterior is crucial.
In our previous blog entry we discussed how homeowners are undertaking landscape projects to boost curb appeal and make their yards stand out. While nice landscaping certainly boosts appearance, there are some more concrete ways to add curb appeal and value to your home at the same time.
Whether you’re thinking of selling your home or hoping to feel some renewed excitement when you pull in the driveway after a long day, there are several options to get the most bang for your buck. We’ve pulled together a few ideas – some you may consider tackling yourself and others that are best left to professionals.
Tips for adding curb appeal and value
- Freshen the exterior paint color. Updating or changing your home’s paint color is an obvious way to make an immediate impression. A fresh coat of paint can revive your home’s appearance or make it stand out from similar homes on the market.
- Replace the siding. Sometimes a fresh coat of paint isn’t enough. Damaged or rotten siding is not only an eyesore that drives down the value of your home, but it also can lead to unwanted critters and moisture finding their way inside. Talk to a professional about updating the siding; depending on your budget, it may be a perfect time to consider new materials that could completely change the look and perceived value of your home.
- Upgrade your entryway. Want to make a statement? Consider a new front door and light fixtures. Take your renovations a step further by remodeling or adding a porch. A porch can become focal point for your family while adding charm to the house. Be sure to consult a professional to understand codes, setbacks and to get the necessary permits. Plus, a pro can help ensure your new door, lighting and porch fit your home’s overall look.
- Replace inefficient windows. While changing your home’s windows may not be immediately obvious to passersby, you’ll see a clear impact on your wallet. Energy efficient windows can significantly cut your heating/cooling bills, and discerning buyers are sure to put that in the “pros” column when considering a new home purchase. Plus, they’ll look brighter and more modern.
- Paint the door. If renovating the entry isn’t in the budget, painting your front door inexpensive way to add pizazz. A gallon of paint typically costs $15 to $40, and painting the door and trim should only take a couple of hours. For added pop, update the house numbers above the door to really make a statement.
- Give your home a nice scrub. A good wash can go a long way on a budget. If you don’t own one, rent a pressure washer from your local hardware store (Home Depot rents them for as little as $38 a day, depending on the model). Using a pressure washer to clean dirty siding, decks, patios and driveways is a cost effective way to add instant curb appeal. Old fashioned soap and water combined with a long-handled brush can go a long way as well. Don’t forget to wash your windows – both inside and outside, and be sure to inspect screens, downspouts and gutters for debris and cobwebs.
Have a home design or renovation project you’re considering? Contact the experts at Tracy Tesmer Design/Remodeling today to find out how we can turn your dreams into reality.