8 DIY Ideas to Improve Curb Appeal

If you are looking to attract more potential buyers for your home or simply want to be the envy of the neighbors, then you are looking to boost your home’s curb appeal. Guests and prospective buyers rarely shake their first impression of a home, and no matter how stunning your interiors are you will invariably have a strike against you if your home’s exterior does not immediately impress. Today we will offer you some ideas for do-it-yourself projects you can engage in to instantly boost your home’s curb appeal.

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Clean Up Your Property, Hide Unappealing Details

Your first step to improve curb appeal should be to survey your home’s exterior, garden, patio, lawn, and backyard for anything you may want to clean up and remove. Dead tree branches and unkept lawn grass can make your home seem untidy before potential buyers even enter, so be sure that your property looks trim and proper. Then, if you have external appliances you wish to cover up or any other feature that looks unattractive, consider installing privacy fencing around these features so they do not ruin an otherwise beautiful exterior.

Power Wash Your Home’s Exterior

While it may seem like a no-brainer, probably the easiest DIY idea to improve curb appeal is to grab a power washer, or even a garden hose with enough pressure, and wash down your exterior walls to remove dirt, debris, pollen, and anything else. Additionally, wash down your sidewalk, patio, and driveway surfaces to clear away grime and buildup and help maintain their integrity. Of course, you should avoid using a power washer if you think it will damage your home’s exterior.

Paint and Update Your Exteriors

Probably the simplest and most effective way to boost your home’s curb appeal almost instantly is to give the exterior a fresh coat of paint. You can start with your home’s trim, or you can go ahead and apply new paint for the whole house. Make sure that your home’s exterior walls have been properly cleaned before you begin to add a new coat of paint.

Another quick way to make a huge impact on your home’s aesthetic value is to paint your doors a vibrant, eye-catching color, and install newer, more stylish hardware like designer handles and door knockers.

Tame Your Garden Beds

If you have garden beds adjoining your home’s exterior, make sure they look properly trimmed and maintained by regularly reapplying mulch as necessary, removing weeds and pests, and filling your garden beds with appropriate foliage and ground coverage. For example, try planting annuals in your beds for a relatively inexpensive option that will provide beautiful colors and last for a decent amount of time before needing to be replanted.

Consider Putting Up Flower Boxes

If your garden beds just are not enough to satisfy your green thumb, consider grabbing a few window-mounted flower boxes to add more beauty and life to your property. Window boxes can be bought, or even built, at relatively low cost and are easy to design and install yourself. If you have the time and put in the effort, maintaining your flower boxes can be a great way to add a small boost to your home’s curb appeal.

Install New Exterior Lighting

If your home is built for outdoor entertaining, you should think about installing new exterior lighting that is both efficient and stylish if you have not recently upgraded your outdoor lighting. New bulbs are available that are both cheap and powerful, and replacing or mounting new light fixtures can be as easy as finding the right mounts you can potentially install yourself. Make sure to take caution when dealing with electrical equipment.

Try New Porch Fixtures

If your home is blessed with a porch, consider updating your outdoor furnishing or even installing new fixtures like a porch swing or screened-in sections to allow for outdoor entertaining without the annoyance of mosquitoes and other insects.

Add House Numbers and Update your Mailbox

If you have a curbside mailbox, consider switching out your current model for an updated or personalized option that will invite passersby into your home before they even step foot on the property. If you have a mailbox affixed to your porch you may have even more creative freedom to express your sense of style with an update or replacement.

Additionally, make sure that you have your house numbers posted conspicuously on your home’s street-facing exterior. If you can, find a style that will match your home’s other exterior trim elements and light fixtures when picking your numbers.

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When you’re ready to get started on your DIY ideas to improve curb appeal, turn to the experts. Find everything you need to upgrade your beautiful exterior this year at Grayco Hardware & Home Center.

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