Does your home showcase a great first impression to your family, friends, and visitors? Do you smile proudly when you arrive home? If not, discover five ways you can increase your home’s street appeal.
Dress Up Your Home’s Exterior
A fresh coat of paint or repairs to siding gives your home a renewed appeal. Don’t forget to paint the trim, too. Adding a small amount of stone veneer gives a luxurious touch.
Shutters can lend a finished appearance while window boxes give texture, color, and interest. Fill them with easy-to-care-for flowers or herbs for natural beauty.
Check your gutters and downspouts, too. Keeping them clean and replacing any broken pieces will lengthen their lifespans. Often these elements need minor repairs to keep them looking new and functioning well.
Create a Grand Entry
Your front door should be a focal point of your home’s entry. Dress it up with a fresh coat of paint. You could choose to highlight your entryway with a contrasting color on the door. Alternatively, replace it with a designer door, perhaps wood with trim.
Replace the hardware and decor at your entryway. Doorknobs, door knockers, and house numbers in matching designs and colors are more attractive than missing or mismatched ones.
Entryway lighting should welcome your visitors. Adding light fixtures not only offers safety when approaching the door, but it also creates a warm welcome.
Work on Landscaping and Outdoor Decor
A well-kept lawn with trimmed shrubs creates a delightful ambiance for an entire home. A flower garden, however small, adds color and texture, but keep up with the weeding. Using mulch around shrubs and plants adds contrast and keeps areas neat.
Natural-appearing elements — such as an arbor, garden gates, or perhaps small fence panels — add interest and design to your home’s street appeal. To make your front yard appear larger, add a low fence at the front.
You may also want to add a birdbath, wind chimes, or a statue. A water fountain or a small backyard pond can give a rich feel with a natural touch.
Maintain Driveway Appeal
Often the first object visitors see as they approach your home is your driveway. Cracked pavement with grass tufts shooting through gives an unkempt appearance.
Adding will create a luxury impression from the moment your visitors arrive. In addition to the beauty itself, a paved driveway offers a lasting surface with great street appeal.
Create a Paved Walkway
Like your driveway, your walkway needs to be a strong character reference for your home. Create a smooth walk of gravel, stepping-stones, custom-designed interlocking pavers, or cement. Low lighting along the sides provides safety lights that double as decor enhancement.
Achieve a creative look by tying the driveway pavement to that of the walkway. Continue the look at the front door with a paved or painted step.
Complete the Total Picture
You can greatly improve your home’s appearance with a few enhancements. A great street appeal offers a good impression your family and friends will enjoy. Moreover, it adds to the value of your home.