You will make a much better first impression on visitors when your home looks clean, neat and inviting from the street—it’s what known as curb appeal. And if you’re thinking about selling your home, research has shown that sellers get higher asking prices when their homes have curb appeal and look welcoming from the outside.
If you know your home’s exterior could look better, but aren’t sure where to start, here are five areas to work on to boost curb appeal:
1 – Clean Siding & Doors
If you have cobwebs hanging above your front door and dead bugs stuck to your siding, it’s probably time to have them cleaned. Pressure washing is one of the best solutions for cleaning your home’s exterior siding and doors and works on many different materials, including brick, wood, aluminum and vinyl siding. Pressure washing uses force to remove dirt, grime, spider webs, bug debris, bird droppings, algae, and mold and mildew that have built up on your home. Don’t have time to mess with this dirty job, why not hire a professional to do it for you? Men in Kilts offers both pressure washing and a “soft-wash” house washing process that’s easier on surfaces.
2 – Freshen Up with Paint
A new coat of paint not only brightens and freshens surfaces like doors, shutters, trim, and foundations, it can be used to draw attention toward or away from a surface. In general, it’s best to use a neutral color for larger surfaces like your siding, and then use accent colors to make areas—that you want to accentuate—pop. Also keep in mind that lighter colors usually show flaws more, whereas darker colors tend to do a better job of hiding them.
3 – Clean Windows
Smudges, smears, dirt and cobwebs on windows can make them appear dull and downright ugly from both outside and inside your home. Cleaning windows on the outside can be very time-consuming though, especially when your home is large. It can also be challenging to do when your home has more than one story, without ladders and special equipment. This is another chore sometimes better left to the pros.
4 – Keep Lawn Neatly Cut
Keeping your lawn mowed and trimmed regularly is one of the best ways to improve curb appeal during the warmer months when grass grows fast.
5 – Beautify Your Yard with Landscaping
While cleaning and adding fresh paint where needed can drastically improve the look of your home exterior, don’t forget that plants can also greatly improve your home’s curb appeal. To beautify, plant colorful flowers and small shrubs in places you want to highlight. Shrubs can also be useful for covering unattractive areas and foundations. There are many free online sites with landscaping tips if you want to make improvements yourself or call in a professional if you want to leave the work to someone else.
Need Help Improving Your Home’s Curb Appeal?
If you want to hire a professional to wash your home, clean your windows, or remove dirt and debris from gutters, Men in Kilts would love to give you a free estimate today.