by: Verena Dalati Salmé
If you want a fresh perspective on the value of your home, walk across the street, turn around and ask yourself, “Does my home look attractive, welcoming and structurally sound at first glance?” If it lacks appeal from the outside, a future buyer may never make it inside. Every detail of your home’s exterior adds value so here are some tips to keep in mind.
MAKE YOUR FRONT DOOR A STATEMENT: The front door is the first thing guests and potential homebuyers see of your home. They should get an immediate feel and sense of the home as soon as they see your front door. Your front door is your first impression — make it count! If you are in the market for a new front door, fiberglass and steel are creative alternatives to wood. Consider glass panes, screen doors, or storm doors, which reduce energy costs. If you aren’t looking to replace the whole door, consider new paint, adding a new knocker, or updating hardware. Overhangs, such as awnings or porticos, can also add a little character.
FRESHEN UP THE PAINT: If the exterior color of your house is fading or outdated, painting is a good place to start your improvements. Choose colors and exterior details that match the period of your house. There are many long-lasting and environmentally friendly paint brands to choose from in the market. Always consider the color of surrounding homes- make sure your home stands out within any color restrictions in your neighborhood.
Sherwin Williams offers helpful paint schemes for the exterior walls, trims and details.
DAZZLE YOUR DRIVEWAY: A driveway or walkway is what leads people to your home, so it’s important to make sure they are well kept. Natural materials can be expensive and require lots of maintenance. New manmade materials can be found for affordable prices and in a variety of color and texture options. Painting or lining your walkway with stones are affordable alternatives to repaving.
LIVEN UP THE LANDSCAPING: With so much focus on the house itself, your yard can get neglected. Remove diseased plants, tangled trees, and unkempt bushes. Mother nature can go wild at a considerable cost; a fallen branch from a neglected tree can mean serious damage to your home. If you have a curvy walkway, accentuate it with flowers or lanterns. Make sure the colors in your yard enhance the exterior of your house, and choose plants that can survive your area’s climate. Planting containers and window planters add charm, while landscape lighting is beautiful and functional.
ACCESSORIZE: It’s all in the details. Let your finishing touches show your personality: welcome mats, house numbers, doorbells, light fixtures, shutters, and mailboxes are affordable and make a huge impact. If you already have shutters, make sure they are not hanging crooked or flaking paint. Gutters are usually not the most glamorous feature, but they can actually be a huge statement piece if you choose unique finishes and designs. Spruce up your deck with fresh and functional outdoor furniture.
Remember, you don’t have to do everything at once but start somewhere!