5 Ways to Enhance Your Home’s Curb Appeal
by Tim King, President
North Coast Building Industry Association (NCBIA) www.ncbia.com
Spring is the perfect time to make the outside of your home look like the best on the block. Outdoor upgrades will enhance your house’s curb appeal and deliver a more substantial return on investment if you’re trying to sell. Some exterior projects may require the help of a professional, but many solutions are reasonably simple and affordable.
First, review your home’s appearance as if you’re a potential buyer. Then, take note of what you see. What’s eye-catching, and which features on your home’s exterior can benefit from a simple touch-up? To help get you started, consider these makeover suggestions:
Grass. Real estate experts say a lush lawn makes all the difference in appealing to neighbors and buyers alike. Fortunately, keeping up with your yard throughout the year can be simpler than you think. Before you mow your lawn, inspect the height of your mower blade, and adjust as needed to ensure the grass is at least 3-4 inches tall after mowing. Taller grass will help keep the soil cooler and allow the roots to grow longer to retain moisture better and reach nutrients.
Lighting. Landscape lighting can enhance your safety and make your house dazzling at night. A well-planned setup can transform an ordinary porch into your new favorite hangout spot. Another option is to brighten your walkways with pathway lighting. If you’re worried about installing electrical wires, there is a wide range of solar lighting options.
Paint. A fresh coat of paint can enhance your front door, garage door and window trim. However, if your front door has had wear and tear over the years and is beyond repair, it might be time to replace it. A new door is an investment in your home. Purchasing a door with a striking color can create a stunning focal point for your home.
Grime. You might think heavy rainfall is like a shower for your home, but it’s probably only making things dirtier. So instead, invest in (or rent) a high-powered pressure washer and give your driveway, front steps, walkways, and vinyl siding a once-over. You’ll be amazed by how much cleaner they can get.
Extra Greenery. Planters with vibrant spring colors can make a big impression on the any-sized porch. While home owners with covered porches may seek out hanging planter options, those with uncovered porches can explore using planters of all sizes. A creative presentation can make your home memorable if you experiment with your planter’s arrangement.
Boosting your home’s curb appeal doesn’t have to consume your spare time and cash. While some projects are certainly more considerable investments than others, some of the most effective tactics require little more than some good old-fashioned elbow grease.
For more suggestions about improving your home’s appearance, contact the NCBIA. We are your local not-for-profit trade association representing member companies involved in all aspects of home building, remodeling, and other aspects of services available to help you in the future as well as more information on the above topic. So, you can see it is for your protection that you use a NCBIA member. If you are unsure that your contractor is a member of the NCBIA or you are looking for a list of NCBIA members, you can visit our website at www.ncbia.com or call 440-934-1090. We also have a job posting board (under the industry tab).
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