How to Add Curb Appeal to Your Home
Sprucing up your home’s curb appeal has plenty of benefits. It can grab the attention of potential homebuyers and impress your neighbors, to name a couple — and you don’t need to spend all that much time or money to do it! We’ve put together a list of tips to make your home the star of your block.
Upgrade Your Home’s Entryway
Your front door and the space around it is the focal point of your home. Whenever you have guests over or a neighbor walks by, your entryway leaves a lasting impression — so take the time to put these tips into action and make it stand out from the rest:
Repair or replace your screens. If your door or windows have screens, patch up any holes or replace the screen altogether. You can find screen patches and adhesives at most hardware stores. Not only will they look better, but they’ll keep things like leaves and other debris from dirtying the area near your windows.
Paint your front door. Want to draw some more attention to your house? Repaint your front door in a color that accents your home’s color scheme. And if you love the current color of your front door, give it a fresh coat of paint to revitalize worn areas while refreshing your home’s appearance.
Replace your entryway’s hardware. From your doorbell to its hinges, you’ve probably got some hardware that’s long overdue for replacing. If you’re not keen on replacing every piece, at least clean and shine them to give the appearance that they’re brand new.
Tidy it up. Whether you’ve got packages, a dirty pair of boots or decorations of seasons-past hanging out by your doorway, move them back to their appropriate areas and sweep up. Shake out your doormats, vacuum the area clean — and don’t forget to do the same to the inside, too.
Enhance the Front of Your Home
Now that you’ve boosted your front door’s appearance, it’s time to tackle the rest of your home’s front-facing exterior. Check out these tips for getting oohs and aahs from the neighbors:
Clean up your yard. Keeping your front yard in tip-top shape isn’t a once-a-month kind of activity — it takes dedication! Mow your lawn regularly, trim trees and bushes and keep your eye out for weeds.
Clean up or replace your mailbox. Impress the mail carrier and give your mailbox a makeover to match your home’s appearance. Whether its attached to your house, at the end of the driveway or across the street, it deserves your care! If it’s leaking or falling apart, consider replacing it with a higher-quality version altogether.
Upgrade your house numbers. Your house’s address numbers are crucial for mail carriers, package delivery workers, guests and more — so make them stand out! Stand across the street and see where your numbers could be the most visible, then go to a hardware store and pick out your favorite style.
Add Some Greenery to Your House
Add potted or hanging plants on your porch. Putting plants on your porch will bring some color to your home and give you a regular reason to step out into the fresh air and enjoy a little slice of nature.
Install a flower bed. Putting a flower bed along your walkway or the front of your home takes more planning and work than adding potted plants, but it’s well worth it. Watch the flowers grow from seedlings, or visit a greenhouse and transplant already mature flowers to add a pop of color to your home that’ll return every spring.
Plant a garden. Planting a garden along the sides of your home can add an even deeper dimension to your home’s curb appeal. Planting vegetables, herbs, flowers and other plants will really make your home stand out when they come to maturity. If you don’t fancy yourself much of a green thumb, check in with your local greenhouse or gardening store for tips on planting low-maintenance greenery.
Light Up Your House
Your home needs adequate lighting for safety sake, so why not make it look good? Check out these tips for getting the right kind of lighting for your home’s exterior:
Check all fixtures around your home. If you’re like most homeowners, you don’t replace a light until it’s burnt out right when you need it. Check all the fixtures around your home and look for any dimming or burnt-out bulbs and replace them. Go green and pick out energy-efficient smart bulbs to save yourself some money and help the environment at the same time.
Add security lighting. Add security lighting along the side of your house and near your garage to help you see at night and to deter vandals. Battery-powered units are easily installed and can be found at many hardware stores.
Illuminate your pathway. Help your guests take safe steps and place solar-powered lights along the walkway leading to your home. The lights charge up during the day and are triggered on at night, making them as low maintenance as can be.
Clean Up Your Home’s Exterior
Now that you’ve added plenty of curb appeal to your home, it’s time to clean, repair and maintain some of the harder-to-reach places of your home. Here’s how you can cap off your home’s beautification efforts:
Clean your windows. Cleaning your lower level windows is easy, but getting your second level and other elevated windows is a tougher task. Consider hiring a professional window cleaner to get the job done — and don’t forget to clean the inside of your windows, too.
Scrub your siding. Using simple soap and water, remove any dirt, moss or other debris from your siding. Use a soft-bristled brush with a handle to get the higher parts of your siding, or consider finding a professional to clean it for you.
Check your roof. Use your eyes and stand on the ground to take a look at your roof, being careful to note any missing or lifted shingles or debris. If you do notice anything amiss, contact a professional roofer to have it taken care of promptly.
After you’ve given your home some serious care, get in touch with your American Family Insurance agent to make sure you’re protecting everything you’ve worked so hard for. Home insurance and a wide variety of endorsements are available to give you and your family the peace of mind you deserve.