With summer quickly approaching, many homeowners are getting that “itch” to get outside and start doing some DIY home improvements. It’s understandable… The weather is warm, which means more people are hosting cookouts at their house, and the last thing you want is for someone to come over and have something negative to say about your home. So to prevent that from happening, it’s not uncommon to start improving the exteriors of your home this time of year.
With these exterior home improvements, it’s not something that has to break the bank either. Of course, for certain types of projects, you’ll definitely need to hire professionals to do the work for you but for a lot of smaller projects, you can do on your own without it costing you an arm and leg! And the even better part about home exterior improvements is that they are going to benefit you whether you just want to improve your home for you to personally enjoy and if you’re planning on selling your home as well.
These exterior improvements are what’s call curb appeal. In real estate terms, this means your home is aesthetically pleasing from the sidewalk (or curb) to a prospective buyer. Your home’s curb appeal is the very thing that will make prospective buyers want to check out the interiors of your home. So it plays a very integral role in the selling of a home. But even if you’re not looking to sell, it can still be a fun project to make you enjoy your own home more.
Selling or not, here a few simple tips to boost your home’s curb appeal, and in the process, boost your home’s overall value as well.
Update Your Front Door
When most people think of updating the front door, they immediately think of buying a new door, and you can indeed buy a new one, but you don’t have to. If you have a wood door, a simple can of paint, a paintbrush, and painter’s tape can get the job done for less than $30. And the great news is that even the most novice of DIYers can do it!
The goal is to make your door stand out, which will then accentuate the entire home. You want to go with a bright and bold color that will really “pop.” There are even apps that allow you to place the camera on your phone in front of your door to see what a particular color will look like against your home. But, of course, if a bright color isn’t what you’re looking for, you can update your door with a fresh coat of paint of the original color of the door.
Invest in Your Lawn
From a real estate perspective, your lawn is going to be one of, if not the first, things an interested buyer sees, and making sure your lawn looks healthy is going to play a big part in whether a buyer wants to look inside your home… After all, the exterior of your home is considered a reflection of its interiors. But for your own satisfaction, staring out into a lush and green lawn is just a beautiful sight to see.
In taking care of your lawn, you’re going to need to keep it trimmed, watered, and treated for healthy growth and to eliminate weeds. Now, when it comes to weed killers, you want to do your best to try and use an organic weed killer if possible, to avoid exposure to toxic chemicals commonly found in herbicides.
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Whether you’re going to invest in and treat your lawn yourself or hire a professional landscaper, read the label of the herbicides you choose or go with a lawn care service that uses natural products.
Add Entryway Lights
Everything from outdoor sconces and lanterns to in-ground lights, the ambiance of your home’s exteriors can give your home a completely different feel in the evenings. You want your home to look just as inviting in the evening as it does during the day, and ample lighting is going to do that. Plus, entryway lighting is a great defense mechanism against burglars and outside intruders, especially motion lights. The addition of outdoor lighting will be a great investment in your home’s curb appeal.
These are just the tip of the iceberg as far as budget-friendly ways to enhance the exteriors of your home. With everything from paint and pressure washers to welcome mats and door wreaths, there are numerous ways to refresh your home’s exteriors, whether you’re ready to sell or not! And you can do it all without breaking the bank!