5 ways to improve curb appeal
If you’re thinking of selling your home, or you simply want to improve its exterior appearance, check out these improvements that can benefit your home’s curb appeal:
1. Replace your entry door
The entry door of your home serves as the focal point for the exterior façade. If you’re showing your house to potential buyers, it’s also the first area of the home they’ll interact with when they walk through it. Make a great impression on buyers and visitors by replacing an old, peeling or an outdated entry door with a new steel or fiberglass model.
If you live in an older home or have an inefficient door, installing a new one with new weather stripping can also help improve your home’s energy efficiency.
Unless you have experience with removing and hanging doors, it’s recommended to hire a door installation contractor to do the work.
One caveat for replacing an entry door is if your home is in a historic neighborhood, has a custom-made door or one-of-a-kind entry portal. You may decrease your home’s curb appeal and its resale value if you replace a one-of-kind door with a run-of-the-mill modern model. Consult a contractor or handyman with experience in installing new doors if you’re unsure about what’s the best option.
2. Get a new garage door
If your home has an attached garage door, proportionally, your garage door takes up a large amount of street-facing frontage on your home. Because it takes up so much visual real estate, a dingy, dented or damaged garage door can make a bad impression on buyers.
Not only can you improve your home’s curb appeal and resale value with a new garage door, you can also improve its safety and energy efficiency.
All new garage doors manufactured since the early 1990s are required by the federal government to have safety devices that reverse the garage door’s operation if it encounters an object or obstruction in its path. Like new entry doors, installing a new garage door in an attached garage, especially one that features an insulated core can also improve your home’s energy efficiency.
3. Pressure wash the exterior, solid-surface sidewalks and fencing
If you live near a roadway, dust, salt and/or soot from passing cars can almost imperceptibly add a layer of dingy grime to your home’s exterior siding or masonry. Masonry, sidewalks, steps, decks and fencing can also accumulate dirt, mildew or dark streaks over time.
Hire a company to pressure wash the exterior or rent a pressure washer yourself to help clean up these areas and renew their luster. However, be careful when using a pressure washer, using too powerful a spray can cause damage, especially if these surfaces haven’t been properly maintained or sealed.
4. Add new paint
If your home’s exterior paint is chipping, peeling or faded, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to get what you think is the full asking price from a buyer. Whether you’re touching up the details on a focus area like a front porch or repainting your entire home, cladding your home in new paint will almost certainly enhance its appeal.
Since this may be a larger project, it’s recommended to enlist the help of a professional painter – unless you have sufficient time and experience to complete the work yourself. If a painting job is not properly prepared, whatever gains in improved appearance made by painting may quickly disappear.
5. Invest in landscaping
If your home is a barren wasteland of patchy grass and empty flowerbeds or an overgrown Garden of Eden gone wrong, consider investing in landscaping. Clearing out an overgrown flowerbed or starting over with freshly planted flowers, shrubs or ground cover can give a home’s exterior a neat manicured appearance.