Tips for Adding Curb Appeal and Value to Your Home
Curb appeal is much more than just an appealing façade. It’s the essence of home’s charm, an indication of what lies inside. Moreover, this aspect is high on the list of priorities for both homebuyers and owners.
That means that homes with high curb appeal sell quicker and achieve better prices in the market. In order to affect the way in which your house looks from the street, you have to engage in maintenance and beautifying tasks. Here are some ways to enhance this quality and spruce up the looks.
Your way or the highway
First off, strive to assess the big picture and its focal points. Frame the yard with a nice fence and garden gate: They pack a visual punch and do not cost that much, up to 4,700 AUD. Once that is done, turn your attention to paths, parking space, and driveways and use power washers to uncover their true colors. Now, if you want to get things done quickly and efficiently, turn to professional concreters, regardless of whether you want to build a new pathway or renovate the old one. Finally, note that tools like online calculators come in handy, and allow you to prepare your budget for expenses.
So fresh, so clean
The next task is to wash your house’s face, and I mean that quite literally. The chief goal is to clean the siding from nuisances like mildew, dirt, and grunge. Believe it or not, this simple yet voluminous chore can add between 13,500 and 20,000 AUD to the sale price. And the beauty of it is that a mere bucket of soapy water and soft-bristled brush do the trick when it comes to cleaning vinyl, metal, wood, brick, stucco, and fiber cement surfaces. Remember to wash the windows inside and out as well, swipe cobwebs from eaves and do not overlook the garage door.
A roof over your head
The roof is one of the most vulnerable parts of any structure, as it withstands immense pressure from natural forces. At the same time, it is one of those things that never fly under the radar of appraisers and buyers. So, take a good look at the roof and identify any faded, curled, missing or broken shingles. The bad news is that you may have to deal with years of accumulated moss, dirt, algae and lichens. Roof repairs can also be rather costly, so it is advisable to calculate the price beforehand. On average, new asphalt shingles roof costs around 10,200 AUD.
A fresh coat of paint is the essential layer of curb appeal, but try not to go overboard with a statement color. If you seek to spark attention, do it eye-catching details like colorful mailboxes, benches, and outdoor lighting. Of course, they do not add much to the value of the home, but the benefit comes in the form of greater appeal. As for the paint job, bear in mind that it’s expensive and labor intensive. To paint a 3,000-square-meters home, you would have to come up between 500 and 800 AUD for paint alone. Still, you can ask a local store to match the color you already have to cut the expenses.
Green, green grass of home
A well-manicured lawn is the centerpiece of curb appeal. This is to say that it’s time to put your green fingers to good use. Landscaping involves a range of duties such as pruning the shrubs, mowing and putting fresh mulch. You also have to keep overgrown bushes, invasive weeds, and vines at bay and replace them with picturesque annuals. Make an effort to cover the dead spots, and put some geraniums in pots and summon crisp edge to garden beds. You want to make your lawn greener, so nurture it with food and water, as well as your blood, sweat, and tears.
Best face forward
Regular maintenance is an absolute must when it comes to pumping up curb appeal. It is also a good idea to factor in costs, and avoid breaking the bank. Be smart about improvements and focus on adding colorful touches, rejuvenating the lawn, and highlighting the architectural details. Make your house sparkle and give a rich, immaculate feel to your yard. In case you still have to learn the ropes, do not hesitate to call the professionals. Those who manage to put the best face forward are able to reap opulent rewards, financial and otherwise.
Author’s Bio: Lana Hawkins is an architecture student and the editor at Smooth Decorator. She enjoys writing about interior decoration and landscaping. Lana is interested in sustainability and green building, and that’s where she gets most of her inspiration.