If you’re looking to sell your home, rent it or just add a little pizzazz, improving your curb appeal is the best way to achieve quick, and sometimes inexpensive, results.
Curb appeal is essentially how attractive your home is from the outside. So when you’re driving around neighbourhoods and you think, “Hey, that house is gorgeous!” that’s curb appeal. You haven’t actually seen the inside of the house, but based on the outside you assume the inside is gorgeous as well. You’re basically judging a book by its cover — and in this case it’s quite OK to do so.
Here are a few tips to help you get started on upgrade your curb appeal.
So garages in general don’t have much going on. That shouldn’t stop you from being creative. Paint the garage door, add some decorative elements to fake a barn-yard door look, install windows in the upper panels of the garage door, and of course, decorate the door for the holidays. Make the most visible part of your home a beautiful site for all to see.
Plants, Flowers and Trees – Oh My!
Planting trees, plants and flowers in the Lower Mainland can get a little tricky with all the rain as well as being so close to the ocean. But adding these will definitely add a touch of colour as well as interest to your yard, front or back. Just visit your local nursery to ask for their advice on what works, and what doesn’t work, with Vancouver weather.
A Fresh Coat of Paint
Who says a little paint doesn’t work wonders? Well, it does. You can hire professionals to get the job done (and if you live near the ocean, make sure they protect the paint with sealant), but you can also do it yourself. Go to your local hardware store, DIY centre, or paint supplier and get all the provisions for the job. You might want to also consider power washing the exterior before starting to ensure you’re literally painting on a clean slate.
Pathway To Heaven
If you have a simple concrete pathway leading up to your front door, why not change it up with some stone designs or interlock bricks? It’ll allow you to add a decorative element to the ground, as well as drawing the eye to the front door. Think of it as a yellow-brick-road, just not yellow, unless you want yellow.
Here is where it might take a few extra bucks. But having a retractable awning, especially a custom-built one, will not only add curb appeal to your home, but it will also help keep your energy bill down during the summer months. See, the sun’s rays are absorbed through your windows and any glass surface and heat the inside of your home. This is why your hot even indoors. By reducing the heat of your home, you’ll be using your A/C and fans a lot less during the warmer months. Penny spent is a penny saved? Something like that.
Furniture For The Win
If you have a little extra space in the front, small quaint furniture will certainly help do the trick. A rocking or swing chair on the porch, a potted plant near the front door and a welcome mat will draw your visitors eyes and make them feel like it’s a welcoming and cozy home.