Adding curb appeal to your home is one of the wisest – and easiest – ways to increase your home’s value, not to mention its looks. And that means whether you’re planning on selling or staying put, sprucing up your home’s appearance can be a pretty rewarding way to spend your spring weekends. Here are 5 of the smartest curb appeal upgrades to help you get the most bang for your buck:
- Give your house a good bath. A long-handled soft brush and a bucket of warm, soapy water can do the trick for many areas, and renting a powerwasher for a day will take care of the high areas you just can’t reach with your brush. Be sure to read the powerwasher instructions thoroughly; a very strong spray could damage your paint, especially if your house is wooden.
- Touch up peeling paint, broken trim and other eyesores. Most of us have very busy schedules, and it’s easy to let little home improvement jobs slide. Chipped and peeling paint and broken trim do more than make your home look unattractive and uncared for; they also make your home more prone to water and insect damage. Repairing them means you not only make your house look better, but you also reduce the risks of costly future damage. Put these home improvement chores on the top of your list.
- Freshen up the entry. Grab a broom and knock down any cobwebs you find around your porch or other low-hanging entry areas. Give the porch and walkway a good scrubbing, and replace a worn mailbox or give your old one a new coat of paint. Upgrade your house numbers – a relatively inexpensive change that can add a surprising amount of style. And don’t forget a new welcome mat.
- Add some color. A few bursts of color can really brighten a home and breathe new life into it. Spring and summer annuals are a great way to add color inexpensively, and if you choose some really nice planters, you can swap out the annuals for mums when fall arrives. Bright colors offer the most value here.
- Paint your front door. Sounds simple, but studies show this one simple home improvement task can do wonders for adding to your home’s value. Choose a bold color or stick with the one you have and freshen it up with a new coat. Don’t forget to replace old, worn hardware and add a new kickplate.
Tacking home improvement chores may not seem like a fun way to spend your weekend, but with just a few hours of elbow grease, you can turn your home’s curb appeal from drab to beautiful, and then reap the rewards of your labor all year long.