Of the many factors that affect property value, curb appeal is one of the most important aspects that not many people pay attention to. The front of your home is the first thing people see as they drive by. You may not realize it, but your home's exterior is conveying judgment on your personal style.
Curb appeal is important regardless of where you live - whether a big city or a small town. It is the amount of attractiveness and aesthetic value a home offers to passersby.
To add curb appeal to your home, you need to consider a number of elements, including wall color, shrubs, door color, foundation color - all design elements that can make or break your curb appeal.
Here are ways you can improve your curb appeal to add value to your home.
Replace dated hardware
A front door with new, shiny hardware and an attractive design gives passersby a positive impression of the homeowners. Changing dingy hardware on your doors, windows, and lighting fixtures can make a big difference to your curb appeal. Remember that only a few things reflect taste as well as hardware, so it is essential to purchase the best hardware for your investment.
Paint your front door
Front door colors are the first thing buyers look at when they drive up to your home, so make sure it’s an eye-catcher and doesn’t blend in.
One of the best ways to instantly improve curb appeal is by adding a splash of color to your front door. The brighter the color, the more dramatic it’ll look - especially when it is paired with black shutters on whitewashed homes.
You can also dress up a front door according to the style of your house. Painting it in a
bright hue like yellow or green can add massive curb appeal to your property.
Light your walkway
You might have a great house, but if the walkway to your door is looking shabby, it can detract from the overall look of your home.
Landscape lighting is a quick, easy and effective way to improve your home’s appearance from the outside. It can dramatically improve the appearance of your home. And not only does it look nice, but landscape lighting can also add safety to your walkway by casting light on areas you might otherwise trip and fall.
Just add lanterns, solar-powered lights, or decorative lamps along your walkway and see your property transform into a picturesque sight.
Create a garden
After you spruce up the front door of your home to make it as inviting and beautiful as possible, it is time to focus on your front yard. It is a no-brainer that gardening can really bring a lot of curb appeal to your home. A simple set of potted plants is the most inexpensive way to add some color, depth, and personality to your lawn.
Install shutters for instant curb appeal
Shutters are a popular and attractive addition to homes that help add character to your exterior. Instead of installing new siding or painting, shutters can enhance the look of your house with little trouble. While shutters can add some serious curb appeal to your home, make sure to do your research before embarking on this project because the costs can vary significantly.
Renew your railings
Now that spring is here, it is the perfect time to inspect your home for any broken railings. Weather and age can be harsh on your home's porches, ruining your curb appeal. The cheapest way to renew your railings is by installing metal ones. Not only does a metal railing look great but it is also way more sustainable than any other material.
Add a fence
While there is no one answer to the question of how to add curb appeal to a property, fences play an important role in shaping your home's appearance. They create a visual barrier that adds character to your home and define your property's boundary line.
Homes with attractive fences often sell for more money. And the best part is that fencing with good curb appeal doesn’t have to break your bank. Have you checked out our metal fences yet?
Pay attention to your entryway symmetry
Intricately designed entryways tend to be more appealing than those that look plain or are in need of some repairs. It is okay if you don’t want to spend big on front landscape design, but make sure whatever you add creates perfect symmetry. For instance, walkways that are tiled symmetrically and are aligned with the shrubs around them significantly improve your curb appeal.
Upgrade your garage door
Garage doors are probably the most overlooked part of any home upgrade. But you can actually change your garage door and give your home both a rustic or a decorative appearance. And no matter what style you choose, changing your garage door can add more curb appeal to your property than most expensive upgrades.
Make your porch comfortable and welcoming
Installing accessories that serve a functional purpose is always a better investment for your property. Comfortable porch seating and inviting landscaping not only add curb appeal but also improve your property’s value. Simply arranging two chairs and a table or adding a swing to your porch can make a big positive impact.
Install wall toppers
Wall toppers can really add a unique touch to your home. Installing something decorative like an ornamental metal wall topper not only adds value to your home but also adds yet another safety element to your home.
At ABQ Metal Works, we offer high-quality metal wall toppers, railings, gates, fencing, and more. Whether you are looking for a custom-designed panel or wish to choose from our large selection of stock designs, our craftsmen will put the final touches on your project with unmatched detail and quality.
Take advantage of our in-house CNC machine to create something beautiful for your home. Speak to our experts or request a quote to get started.