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Curb appeal is the first thing people see when they look at your home, especially when they are looking to buy a new house. It's important you make a good impression with your curb appeal because it can be an indicator of what kind of person you are and how much effort you put into maintaining your property. If there is something that needs to be fixed on the outside of your home, don't worry.
There are many budget-friendly ways to improve the exterior appearance of your house without breaking the bank. This article will give you four easy tips for improving your home's curb appeal.
1- Plant Vegetation
You can plant vegetation in your front yard to add color and life to the exterior of your house. If you don't have a green thumb, plants like marigolds or petunias are more forgiving than other flowers that need consistent care plus, they're easy on the eyes.
Don't forget about greenery either; ivy looks beautiful wrapped around porch railings, while foliage hanging from trees is sure to make an impression when entering through the front door. Pay attention to colors, too; try not to plant all one shade of flower unless it's complementary (i.e., pink begonias with red geraniums). Also, keep in mind what time of year it is - some plants bloom better at certain times of the year.
If you have a porch or deck, paint it with an accent color to give it some personality and make your house stand out in the neighborhood. This is especially helpful if all of your neighbors use white paint on their porches.
If you're feeling crafty, try painting a mural on the side of your home. Painting murals is not only fun but also an effective way to mask damaged or chipped areas of siding that are beyond repair.
3- Place new porch lights
Place new porch lights on your home, whether they are solar-powered or traditional bulbs. If you're looking for an environmentally friendly way to brighten up the exterior of your house without spending too much money, consider changing all of the light fixtures in your front yard (or just purchase a set with energy-efficient LEDs).
Not only will it be cost-effective over time, but it also provides better lighting than older models - not to mention adding more security around your property.
4- Clean your curb
A well-maintained home is the key to having a fresh, clean exterior. If you have chipped or peeling paint on your house, don't wait until it's too late. For small chips and cracks in siding, use spackle to fill them in, so they aren't noticeable when looking at your house from afar.
Another great way to improve curb appeal without adding any permanent change is by power washing all of the dirt and grime off of your walls (and windows). Cleaning will make even an older home look like new again.
Keeping up with the above simple improvements over time not only improves how visitors perceive your property but also increases its value as well. If you don't have time to do all of the above, just start with one or two and work your way up.