Who says it’s just the inside that counts? At least when it comes to your home, it doesn’t hurt to have a pretty face. When you’re looking to put your best foot forward in the neighborhood, there’s no better way than a little sprucing. And let’s face it, you might have a little house-envy for your neighbors’ well-manicured homes. Never fear, however. There’s plenty of ways to spruce up your house, either to increase its value–or just to give it a little extra eye-catching appeal. Here are our four tips to make neighbors, potential homebuyers, and maybe even a few passersby stop to admire your home.
Raise the Roof
Or, really, make a few repairs. If you’re a homeowner looking to sell, there’s very few things more noticeable to homebuyers than a roof that’s in need of serious maintenance. If you’re seeing more than a few black streaks on your roof’s shingles, you’ll almost certainly want to take action. Consider having your roof cleaned, or cleaning your roof yourself. If you have more than a few shingles missing, then you’ll likely want to pay to have it re-shingled or replaced. You’d be surprised at what just a few new shingles can do.
Wash, Dry and Repaint
While you’re looking up to your roof, you’ll want to move your gaze down a little lower, too. The most common advice for most homeowners looking to spruce up their house’s exterior is simply to give your house a fresh coat of paint. A well-needed wash of your home’s face and a touch-up, or even an overhaul with a brand-new color, will not only increase your curb appeal, but even make a splash. If you plan on a touch-up, scrape a little of your house’s paint off to match at the hardware store. And if your house’s exterior has seen better days, you might consider re-siding it entirely.
Even small changes can make a big difference to your curb appeal. Consider small additions such as a decorative bird bath, decorative lighting or wind chimes, or small changes like repainting your mailbox or replacing your house numbers. Place a decorative wreath on your door, or repaint your door an eye-popping new color to attract a little attention. You’ll find that even replacing house numbers with fresh brass numbers, or replacing your front doorknob, will help your home’s aesthetics greatly. If you’re looking for a bigger buy, and a bigger “wow,” you’d do well to think over a picket fence or gate.
Keep Up Appearances
There’s nothing better than the smell of a freshly-cut lawn. It may be small, but even keeping up with minor maintenance such as cleaning and refastening your gutters can help your house’s appearance. Keep up with mowing and maintaining your lawn, flower boxes and garden, and be sure to stay on top of regular maintenance of your front sidewalk, driveway and windows. A cracked window or driveway, or mossy (or missing) bricks in your front walk can give the impression of a cluttered or otherwise unkempt space. Stay on top of maintenance, and you’ll have a clean and inviting exterior.
Clean Out the House
One of the easiest and most commonly overlooked ways to make your home more appealing is to get rid of all the clutter! As you have spent years living in your house, a variety of things have accumulated within (and probably started spilling out of) all of your storage areas. Clean out the garage, closets, cabinets and everything else to make your house feel far more spacious. Of course, it would be easiest to let a white-glove junk removal company do it for you!