5 Ways to Improve Your Curb Appeal

5 Ways to Improve Your Curb Appeal

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By Jonathan Bentz

Even before a potential home buyers steps foot in your house, the very first thing that the buyer will look at is what your house looks like on the outside. If they don’t like what they see, chances are they won’t even bother looking at what’s on the inside.

The good news is that it doesn’t take much to improve your home’s curb appeal. Here are 5 steps that would help you improve your curb appeal fast:

1. Symmetric Design Is Attractive — Symmetry is probably one of the easiest things to achieve when your staging the outside of your home. Try arranging light fixtures or side lights on both sides of your front door. This would help accent your front door and make it more inviting and attractive. You can also place plants or urns on your front porch to create a more symmetric path way for you guests.

2. Replace Old Fixtures — Unless your outside fixtures have antique value, you will need to replace any items that are rusty, dingy or out of date. This would also include house numbers, locks on your entry door, the mailbox and any light fixtures. When buying new pieces try to buy them in sets rather than individually. Having matching pieces create an inviting atmosphere and increases your homes aesthetic value. Also try to match pieces that match your home decor. For example bronze finishes match traditional homes and nickel finishes are more in tune with contemporary homes.

3. Bring “Green” Into the Equation — Let’s face it, having a little greenery around the front of your home can do wonders for your home’s exterior. You can get ready-made gardens from your local garden center or you can start working on your garden by yourself. You should also replace any planter beds that may not look right. The rule of thumb for gardens is to create a staggered, symmetric look  that doesn’t overwhelm the view of the house itself.

4. Arbors and Fence Panels — Now that you have an inviting garden, another addition that could put it over the edge is adding things like arbors or garden gates. An arbor is a short portion of decorative fence that makes a pathway to your home. This can also help increase the aesthetic value of your home and improve the value of your home as well. There are many stores that sell easy to build kits or you can speak to a carpenter about building one.   To ensure symmetry, paint the arbors the same color as your home.

5. Pretty up the Driveway — Think about it. The first thing a potential home buyer would see even before they see your home is your driveway. If your drive way is cracked and has weeds growing out of them, it doesn’t create a very pleasing atmosphere. Repaving the driving can be expensive, so rather than repaving the entire driveway you should fix the immediate cracks and kill any weeds. To dress up the Driveway you can add flagstones on either side to create a symmetrical pathway up to your house.

Author Information

Jonathan Bentz is the Content Manager for GetmyHomesValue.com, a provider of home values that connects home sellers with experts who can help them properly access the value of their home for sale.

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