Curb appeal can be the difference-maker between getting your house sold and your house sitting on the market for months. Whether you’re looking to list your house or increase home equity, boosting your curb appeal is a terrific place to start.
Your house’s curb appeal refers to how attractive it is from the curb. In other words, if someone is driving by your home, the curb appeal references how appealing it appears from the street.
These seven remodeling projects are surefire ways to boost your curb appeal instantly.
#1: Redo The Roof
Did you know that a new roof raises your home’s value by as much as $12,000? If it’s been a while since you’ve re-done your roof, then this could be a worthwhile project. Aside from the monetary advantage, a new roof does wonders for the overall appearance of your home’s exterior.
With many roofing materials to choose from, it’s easy to get a new roof that fits your aesthetic and budget.
#2: Upgrade Your Home’s Siding
Your home’s siding can also play a significant role in overall curb appeal. It’s also great on the wallet. New siding can provide an ROI of approximately 84.3%. This means that you can expect to recoup 84.3% of your siding investment through the sale of your home. That’s a fantastic ROI!
Like roofing, there’s no shortage of versatile siding options out there. From natural stone and brick to vinyl and metal – you’ll have an easy time finding a siding that fits your style and budget.
#3: Invest in Your Driveway’s Aesthetic
Driveways do a lot for a home’s aesthetic. Right now, more people are looking for large driveways that can accommodate several vehicles. Whether you have a gravel or concrete driveway, it’s worth investing some attention to ensure that it’s up to par.
If your current concrete driveway has cracks or stains, be sure to take the time to repair it, or consider a different polish or finish. If you have a gravel driveway, make sure everything is level and visually appealing.
#4: Rethink Your Backyard
Backyards are becoming a must-have for many homebuyers. While the backyard might not be immediately visible from the curb, it’s worth pouring some time into while you’re working on improving your home’s exterior. If you aren’t sure where to start, research shows that wooden decks are the most cost-effective remodeling project for mid-range houses.
If a deck sounds like too much commitment, consider adding a pergola instead. They’re simple to DIY, and there are seemingly countless pergola design ideas to fit any motif.
#5: Re-Paint Your Door
If you want to make an impact, and don’t have tons of cash, a new coat of paint can do the trick. Bold, contemporary colors on a front door are a straightforward way to immediately pique interest. Yellow, blue, and red are common colors for front doors but don’t be afraid to think outside the box.
Consider your overall color story and pick a complementary yet contrasting front door color to add some pizzazz to your home’s exterior.
#6: Think About the Fixtures
While we’re on simpler fixes, take a look at your house’s address numbers, mailbox, doorknob, garage door, and window panes. These minute details can either pull your house’s look together or keep it from looking its best.
Like the front door, ensure your fixtures complement your home’s overall feeling rather than play against it.
#7: Landscaping and Plants
Landscaping is one of the top ways to increase curb appeal. With a few plants and some lawn manicuring, you can take your house from forgettable to awe-inspiring. It will take a little work from you to keep the plants and grass looking great. You’ll have to water frequently, and because of that, you’ll want to install some sort of driveway drain, so you don’t risk flooding your yard.
However, investing in the landscaping will be worth the extra work.
Start Increasing Your Curb Appeal Today
These seven projects are foolproof ways to increase your home’s curb appeal. If you still aren’t sure where to begin, start by taking inventory. Take a walk to the curb and look at your house objectively. Take notice of the areas that are hurting the overall look and pick a project to remedy them.
With a little planning, your house’s curb appeal can be off the charts in no time.
About The Author: Matt Lee is the owner of the Innovative Building Materials blog and a content writer for the building materials industry. He is focused on helping fellow homeowners, contractors, and architects discover materials and methods of construction that save money, improve energy efficiency, and increase property value.
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