Curb Appeal, Small Changes = Big Appeal

Curb appeal has become a common conversation among home owners and real estate agents over the last several years. Increasing your curb appeal is all about creating a home that naturally invites people to come inside. Any home owner or investor can achieve curb appeal by making small changes around the home. With that being said, here are a few tips to help you achieve big results with curb appeal by implementing only a few affordable changes to your home’s exterior.

Scrub, Scrub, Scrub

A little elbow grease can go a long way! In this case we’re really talking about pressure washing. Most homes lacking curb appeal should start with a good pressure washing session. And this goes for more than just your house, your concrete areas and wood surfaces need it, too. This includes your driveway, walkway, deck, patio, front steps, porch, trellis and fencing.

Paint It

A new coat of paint is a great way to freshen up the look of a home and incorporate a warm, inviting color palette. Painting your home’s exterior and trim can really bring out the character of your home. When picking a color palette for exterior paint and stain products, be sure to consult a professional at your local paint store. They will be able to help you pick colors that you will love and that will create an inviting look for your home.

Cut Back

Prune your shrubs, trees and plants or remove them from the areas closest to your home’s walkway and front door. Many times homeowners miss this step and it can sabotage your ability to achieve excellent curb appeal. Keeping your plants in check keeps the path to your front door open, creating an inviting feel to your home. It is important that shrubs and bushes close to your home do not cover up any windows. Plants are a great way to enhance your home’s curb appeal, but they must be selected carefully and placed in a way that will do so.

Finishing Touches

Once you have cleaned the home’s exterior, have a fresh coat of paint and stain, and have maintained your plants and shrubs it is time to add some finishing touches. A big focal point for most is the front door, so focus on this area with a few quick updates regarding the following:

  • Lighting– Be sure that your light fixtures on your porch or at your front door area are in good working condition and repaint or replace if necessary.
  • Door Accessories-It is always a nice touch for your front door handles to look new and to contrast with the color of your front door. If you have a black front door you may want to purchase new handles that are silver so that it will enhance the features of the front door.
  • Flowering Container Plants-A great way to bring colors of the seasons is to include one or two flowering containers near your front door or on your front porch area. Limiting the number and size of the containers makes this project easy to manage and change with seasons. This also keeps the look of your home fresh and relevant.

Creating curb appeal will look a little different for you than it does for your neighbor because no two properties are the same. However, following these tips can help every owner create a home that has exceptional curb appeal. See below how a few simple changes can make a big impact on how a home looks.

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This article is written exclusively for by Exovations of Central Ohio, a home remodeling contractor specializing in renovations for home exteriors.Shanna Lafontaine is a Realtor with RE/MAX Affiliates who works Metro Columbus, Dublin, Hilliard, Powell, Worthington, Westerville, Delaware and surrounding Central Ohio areas helping both Buyers and Sellers.

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