Whether you have recently put your home on the market or are looking for ways to impress guests when they arrive at your home, you may be looking for ways to improve your curb appeal. Improving your curb appeal can be accomplished by making changes both large and small. With just a few changes, the exterior of your home can appear drastically different—in a positive way.
Start by grabbing a notepad, walking across the street, and taking a look at your home as if you are seeing it for the first time. What you will be looking for are any eyesores and anything that seems out of place. This could be the broken-down car in your driveway, the old and beat-up garbage cans that are visible on the side of your house, or the dead shrubs you haven’t had a chance to remove. Once you have a clear list you can begin removing and replacing the items that are an eyesore.
Paving Your Driveway
If your driveway has seen better days and is covered in cracks, crevices, and stains, consider having it repaved. If your driveway leads directly to a walkway, you may opt to have both your driveway and your walkway repaved at the same time. Repaving your driveway and walkways can increase the value of your home by $1,000 to $2,000.
Installing a New Roof
Your roof not only improves the curb appeal of your home, it also plays a vital role in keeping your home protected from the elements. By investing in a new roof or repairing your current roof you can increase the value of your home by $10,000 or more. Roof repairs are often a costly investment for a homeowner. However, if you are selling, keep in mind that buyers are looking for homes that are move-in ready, and the condition of the roof will be at the top of their list.
Improving Your Landscaping
Ensuring that your grass is lush and green, your trees and shrubs are healthy and well maintained, and your flowerbeds and gardens are thriving can increase the value of your home by 5 to 15 percent. If you do not have a green thumb you can reach out to a local landscaper to spruce up the yard and add a few more landscaping features.
Install Energy Efficient Windows
Installing energy efficient windows will improve your curb appeal and reduce your home’s carbon footprint. Energy efficient windows can reduce utility bills by approximately $340 a year. And they can increase the property value of your home with a 77 percent return on your investment when you install double-paned energy efficient windows.
Upgrading Your Entryway
The entryway to your home is a primary focal point that will welcome guests, family, and friends. By investing in a luxury door, repainting your door, or adding a small patio or deck that guides guests to your front door, you can increase your property value by up to $8000.
Improving the curb appeal of your home will make it more visually appealing and more desirable to buyers. Even an investment of a few hundred dollars can deliver a significant return on your investment.
This article was written by husband and home handyman, Jared Miret. Jared recommends that you upgrade your driveway with pavers before selling your home, but he also thinks it’s a great way to update even if you plan on staying for a while.