When the average person wants to improve their appearance, they can see a skin specialist or even a surgeon for a rejuvenating treatment or a pick-me-up with Botox injections (the results of which last anywhere from three to six months). But when your home needs a face lift, you’ll want the results to last for far longer — and with any luck, the process won’t be as painful as going under the knife.
Approximately 85% of U.S. homes were built prior to 1980 and are in need of home improvement. But while large renovations may bring some much-needed function and value to your property, they aren’t the only option you have at your disposal. Improving your home’s curb appeal can be a great way to welcome your friends and family or to ready your home for sale come spring. Want some smart and simple tips to help you get started? Here are our favorite ways to focus on curb appeal.
Spruce Up Your Siding
According to Remodeling Magazine’s 2019 Cost Vs. Value Report, new siding actually offers the third highest ROI in terms of curb appeal improvements. Of course, the materials you choose will impact how much value is added. Vinyl tends to be the most popular option, due to how easy it is to install and maintain and its affordable cost. While this isn’t a job you can really DIY, it’s an improvement that’s likely to pay off down the road and can breathe new life into your home. If your siding is still in good condition but looks a bit lackluster, pressure washing can be a great alternative with no installation required.
Update Your Entryway
Your front door plays an important role in how others perceive your property. Although replacing your entryway with a steel door can yield an impressive ROI, that might be an investment you’re not currently able to make. If that’s the case, a fresh coat of paint will often be more than sufficient. A bright, cheerful color that complements the style of your home can make a huge impact. You could also replace your doorknob or knocker and invest in new house numbers or a new doorbell to complete the look. You should ensure that the pathway from the street to your front door is clear and welcoming, as well. New pavers, a mailbox replacement, and a freshly edged border can all be highly effective. Don’t forget to update your outdoor lighting features to make certain that the pathway is clear and safe once the sun goes down.
Lift Up Your Landscaping
Whether you plan to sell your home or simply want your house to be considered the best on the block, improving your landscaping will definitely pay off. Once spring arrives, you’ll definitely need to clean up the yard and get it ready for planting. Declutter any items that distract from the beauty of your property and bring in some fresh color with new perennials. Be sure to regularly mow and weed your lawn, as well. A professional landscaping company or arborist can always help if you feel like your yard is too boring or that your property is being hidden by overgrown shrubs and trees. But no matter what, you can’t afford to ignore the importance of good landscaping. If there’s one property improvement task you focus on this spring, this probably should be it.
Whether you opt to go the DIY route or you hire a professional, these tips can have a massive impact on your home’s curb appeal. If you keep these suggestions in mind, your home will soon be the most talked-about in the neighborhood — for all the right reasons.