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Giving Your Home Curb Appeal

by CustomHomes on Tuesday, May 16, 2017

HomeA term often used by real estate agents is ‘curb appeal’. Curb appeal refers to the attractiveness of your home from a street view—essentially, its front, including the surrounding area whether it’s a simple stoop or a sprawling landscape.

First impressions can leave a huge impact on people looking to buy a home, and the street view of your home could be the sole deciding factor for someone coming to investigate more. Curb appeal is important, not just for those who are considering selling their home, but even for those who simply want their day to be brightened when they return home after a long day of work. A beautiful welcoming site can lift your mood extraordinarily.

Here are just a couple of tips to give your home some curb appeal:

Paint Your Door and Shutters

Paint your door and your shutters, preferably a bright, bold color to make them pop out. Most homes come in soft hues and so creating a stark contrast against the rest of your house will make it stand out. Make sure to properly prepare all surfaces so that the paint job can last to its fullest.

Paint or Upgrade Your Mailbox

Paint or upgrade your mailbox.When it comes to mailboxes you’ll want to check with your city’s regulations to make certain you are abiding by them, but this is another way to make your home stand out by making it something unique. If you are simply wanting to make your home stand out more for your own pleasure, then feel free to make it representative of your interests.

Landscaping Makes a Difference

It goes without saying that landscaping can make a drastic difference. Whether it’s going as far as planting new trees, or simply having some flower pots or baskets by your windows, or around your porch or stoop plants breath new life into your home.

Update or Replace House Numbers

If you do not have house numbers, or if they have not been replaced in a long time, get new ones. Make sure that they are large enough to read from a distance. Choosing shiny numbers with modern fonts gives it a soothing effect. Cracked, dingy, or loose house numbers will stand out, and not having any at all will make your home more difficult to find for guests.

Pressure Wash Porch and Driveway

If you have a wooden porch or a driveway, pressure washing them will help restore their shine and get into those hard to reach places. Many tool shops or home improvement shops rent out pressure washers if you do not own one.

When it comes down to it, think like a buyer. If you were looking at your home and considering if you would buy it again as it is, what would you like to see? Are you glad as it is? Are there things you would like to change? If so, make the changes you wish to see.

+Ken Uhrich is lead Estimator and Purchaser at Custom Home Group, a Design/Build company, located in Lancaster County, PA. You can follow Ken on Twitter: @kuhrich Or visit his company website: www.customhomegroup.com