How to Add Curb Appeal to Your Home

Certain sayings are so over-used, they can make you cringe. You know, like: “Be the person you were meant to be.”  “Accidents will happen.” And let’s not forget: “Well, someone woke up on the wrong side of the bed!”

Here’s another beauty: “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” And yet, before we toss it in a waste basket with the other clichés, let’s give this one it a second look, especially as it employs your home’s curb appeal. As in, is your home’s exterior saying “Wow!” to would-be buyers or something closer to: “Ho hum, nothing much to see here, just keep driving.”

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Well, if you’re serious about selling and getting top dollar for your home, you’ll want to do what you can to generate one “wow” after another.

Here are a few ways to get started.

Clear the path. The pathway or sidewalk to your front door should be clear of any obstructions or hazards. Ideally, it’s wide enough for two people to approach side by side. Cut back any overhanging branches or encroaching shrubs. Weed between the sidewalk cracks. Consider adding footpath lighting for a great night view, as well.

Liven things up. Add visual interest by painting your front door a bold or contrasting color, like crimson, royal blue, or sunny yellow. To make it stand out even more, use a high-gloss paint to add a reflective sheen. Seasonal wreaths are a nice touch, as are new and more stylish mailboxes and street numbers.

Replace, repaint, or remove those shutters. Shutters often add a nice decorative look to a home’s exterior while giving you the opportunity to inject a contrasting or complementary color. And yet worn, splintered, or crooked shutters give the impression your home isn’t well maintained. Adjust as needed.

Go green. One of the most obvious and impactful ways to boost curb appeal is to add some fresh greenery and flowers. Don’t worry if you don’t have the time or money to spend on putting in a garden—you can get the same effect by adding some planters and window boxes.

Power wash it off.  There are few things more satisfying than power washing years of dirt and grime off your siding, porch, walkway, and driveway. If you don’t own a power washer, you can rent one from a big box hardware store.

Of course, putting your home up for sale isn’t all about the exterior. What’s inside counts just as much. Take your heating and cooling systems, for example. The better their condition, the greater the resale value. So, if you’re planning to sell but your heating and cooling systems haven’t been cleaned and inspected in over a year, contact Air Professionals today for prompt service and high-quality workmanship. Just like always.