6 Ways to Add Curb Appeal To Your Home April 21, 2022 Whether you’re a seller trying to create an unforgettable memory for a prospective buyer, or a new homeowner trying to make your home more inviting, these landscaping improvements are easy ways to boost your home’s curb appeal. Today we are sharing 6 easy ways to instantly add curb appeal to your home, without breaking the bank. First Impressions: Create a Welcoming Front Walk The entrance of your home should be your first point of focus. A great way to work with what you already have is to stain your concrete walkway and steps. Concrete can wear over time and become somewhat of an eyesore and dull in nature. Staining is an easy and perfect way to soften up the look of concrete in any landscape and many colors of stain are available to complement your outdoor spaces. Always remember to pressure-wash the concrete before staining it to remove dirt. Having a clean surface is important so that the stain can absorb easily and will also help the stain soak entirely through. A pressure washer rental typically costs between $40 and $100 per day and can be a great way to enhance your home’s curb appeal. Pressure washing is a quick and easy way to clean your driveway and your home’s facade, enhancing its brightness and appeal. Before you powerwash, make sure to replace or repair any broken or damaged siding to avoid further damage to your home. If you’re able to, consider pressure washing your roof. A rooftop that is discolored or has accumulated leaves or pine needles can be unattractive to buyers. Pressure washing your rooftop can make it more uniform and make buyers less likely to wonder if it is damaged or in need of replacement. Get Creative: Paint Your Front Door Small changes to your front door can make a big difference in buyers’ impressions of your home. Painting your front door a color that complements the other colors of your home’s exterior can give the front of your home a refresh. Switching out the front door’s hardware is another easy way to make your home seem new and inviting without investing a ton of money or work. Clean it Up: Trim Hedges and Shrubs Bushes, hedges, and shrubs possess a natural beauty that can boost the curb appeal of your home while providing an attractive complement to lawns, trees, gardens, and hardscapes. Well-trimmed plants also prevent your outdoor spaces from looking overgrown and open up walkways and sightlines, so your home can shine. After trimming hedges and shrubs for definition and planting flowers, add 2-4 inches of mulch to your beds. Mulch keeps weeds down and helps dissipate heat from the sun to protect the soil from drying out, while also providing a refined look to your landscape. As an alternative to mulch, you can purchase wood chips made of bark. Details Matter: Replace the Little Things If your home’s mailbox, house numbers, entryway lighting, or outdoor furniture are in disrepair, this is the time to replace, repair, or repaint them. Adding new details can make your home’s entryway seem new, even if your home is not. And replacing these items is generally simple and low-cost, making this the easiest way to give your home’s exterior a facelift. Make a Statement: Incorporate Flowers and Blooms Pick flowers with colors that complement the house colors, which will bring softness to the front yard. Be sure to choose plants that are climate-appropriate and thrive in the season. We recommend checking your local nurseries for personalized recommendations. In our area, we love, Tiffany Florist, here in Birmingham as well as Eckherts Greenhouse in Sterling Heights. Be sure to spread your new plants out so that they have enough room to grow and thrive. Last but Not Least: Add Personalized Final Touches To draw the eye toward the entryway of your home, hang a wreath on the front door, place a potted plant near the steps and add a water feature such as a self-circulating fountain. Water features such as ponds and fountains can add an architectural element to soften your landscape design and may also attract natural wildlife to your yard.