There are many good motivations for improving the exterior of your home. You might want to boost the curb appeal, so your home looks more attractive to prospective buyers.
You might want to stand out in the neighborhood. You might just want something prettier or cozier to come home to after a long workday.
No matter what your motivation is, there are some simple strategies that can help you improve the exterior of your home.
How to Boost Your Home’s Appeal
These strategies vary in both cost and time to complete, but you should consider each of them if you’re trying to make your home’s exterior as beautiful as possible:
1. Repair or replace your roof
First, inspect your roof and consider repairing or replacing it if it’s damaged. Your roof is one of the most noticeable and vulnerable portions of your home’s exterior.
If it’s worn down, cracking, or otherwise compromised, it could lead to serious water damage in your home’s interior when it rains.
Plus, a house with missing shingles or an aging roof looks ugly, and can seriously diminish your curb appeal.
2. Power wash the siding
Buying or renting a power washer isn’t expensive, and it can totally change how you see your home.
Over time, the siding of your home, your sidewalks, your porches, and your driveway can all accumulate dirt, grime, and debris.
A simple pass with a power washer can get rid of all that unpleasantness and make your exterior look as good as new.
3. Replace the siding
Of course, if your siding is under several layers of muck, or if it’s cracking, fading, or otherwise aging, it may be better to replace the siding altogether.
This can be a time-intensive and/or costly job, but it may be worth it to add significant value (and protective power) to your home.
This is especially true if you’re due for a change in color or aesthetic.
4. Spend time landscaping
A bit of landscaping can go a long way for your home as well.
Consider planting a flower garden in front of your home, or planting and shaping bushes and hedges as part of your yard.
Or if you’re not the type who enjoys landscaping and you’re looking for something low maintenance, you could hang some flower baskets on your front porch.
Vibrant plant life adds character to your home, and shows people that you take active care of it.
5. Replace, paint, or decorate the front door
The front door is the first thing your guests are going to see when they visit your home, and it’s one of the most noticeable elements of your entire house.
It’s a good idea to spend some time polishing it, accordingly.
For example, you could give it a fresh coat of paint in a bright color, add a decoration that attracts the eye, or if the door is in poor shape, you could replace it entirely with something more appealing.
6. Create more symmetry
Perfecting the symmetry of your home is one of the best ways you can improve its curb appeal.
If you have a design element on one side, like a piece of art or a flower basket, it’s a good idea to add it to the other side as well. Keep the exterior of your home balanced to make a better impression.
7. Add outdoor art
Finally, consider adding some outdoor art. We’re not talking lawn flamingos or gnomes here—instead, consider installing a stone birdbath, or a sculpture that means something to you, personally (if you’re going to live in this home a while longer).
Making the Right Investment
So which of these strategies will work best for you? That depends on a few things:
Obviously, you’ll need to keep your goals and time frame in mind when deciding what to do.
If you’re trying to sell the house, adding decorative artwork probably isn’t as important as making structural repairs. If you’re trying to sell the house quickly, you may not have time for a massive overhaul.
The ROI of each project
Different home upgrades have different levels of return on investment (ROI). For example, replacing the roof is likely to increase your home value by almost as much as it cost to replace.
Your budget (time and money)
Finally, you’ll need to keep your time and monetary budget in mind. Not all projects will fit neatly into your financial plan.
At least some of these strategies should be accessible to you, no matter the circumstances; even some basic lawn care and maintenance can help to beautify the exterior of your home.
Use your best judgment, and remember to take things one step at a time.