Curb appeal plays a crucial role in a residential property. For the uninitiated, this refers to the attractiveness of a property as viewed from the street. Not only does it determine the beauty of your property in the neighborhood, but it also influences your home value.
During this pandemic, it’s a good idea to enhance the curb appeal of your residential property. 2020 was tagged as the “Year of Home” as many homeowners got stuck indoors and pursued home improvement projects. 2021 is considered the “Year of the Yard” as many households go beyond their houses to improve outdoor spaces.
That said, now is the best time to spruce up the curb appeal of your residential property. Here’s what you need to do:
1. Give your front doors and windows a facelift
Your front doors and windows make the facial facade of your property. When passersby view your house from the street, they will most likely pay close attention to them.
Not only that but these doors and windows serve as entry points to your house. This means that they can significantly affect your home’s comfort level by allowing heat or sunlight and drafts into your house.
That said, it’s a good idea to replace your front doors with visually appealing and highly durable ones. As for your front-view windows, consider installing solar, privacy, or decorative window films. If not, replace them with aesthetically beautiful modern ones.
2. Build an outdoor structure
Outdoor structures connected to your house do more than meets the eye. These include a deck, patio, porch, pergola, or balcony. Installing one can take your outdoor space to the next level.
Not only are these outdoor structures aesthetically appealing, but they are highly functional. As home isolation can be physically draining and mentally disturbing, it’s best to have an outdoor space where you can relax and unwind with your family. Hence, consider installing one of them on your residential property.
3. Power-wash or paint your house exterior
Your house exterior, particularly the siding, contributes much to the overall curb appeal of your residential property. When viewed from the street, it will make or break the people’s impression of your house.
Chances are, your siding now looks old and outdated. If it’s stuck with specks of dust, dirt, grime, and other outdoor elements, consider having it power-washed thoroughly. But if you notice the paint peeling away or fading away through time, you need exterior repainting. It’s time to give your house exterior a makeover!
4. Construct a walkway or driveway
Speaking of outdoor structures, it’s best to consider installing a hardscape such as pavement. Not only is a pathway beautiful to look at, but it is also very functional.
When it comes to hardscape, you have the option to construct a walkway or a driveway. While a walkway allows you to take steps around your garden, a driveway enables you to drive your car smoothly to the garage. Thus, consider installing either one of them.
5. Install a fence and gate
If you own a property with a vast outdoor space, install a fence and a gate. Having a fence around your house and a gate serving as your entry point can boost your overall home security. They will prevent people from easily and quickly sneaking into your house.
But most importantly, these outdoor structures can kick your property’s curb appeal up a notch. Just make sure to invest in the right materials such as a wrought iron post, steel bar, aluminum gate, or composite fence.
6. Consider outdoor lighting
Did you know that exterior lighting has become increasingly popular among residential owners? Of course, it can lighten up your outdoor space at night. It can also create the perfect atmosphere and set the right mood. Plus, it can shoo burglars away from your house at night.
That said, invest in LED light fixtures for your exterior lighting. When buying, factor in their aesthetic value, safety features, and energy efficiency. If it helps, seek help from electrical professionals to set it up for you.
7. Have a landscape service
If you’re looking to take your outdoor space to the next level, hire a landscaping service. Professional landscaping contractors can do a lot to your outdoor space. For one, they’ll take care of your garden by growing plants, shrubs, blooms, and surrounding trees.
In addition, they can install hardscape structures like retaining walls for your garden, water fountain, fire pit, and even pathways. Lastly, you can also hire residential mowers for your lawn care. They can perform services such as grass mowing, irrigation, weed removal, and pest control.
At this point, you now know how to spruce up your property’s curb appeal. All it takes is to consider one or some recommendations discussed above, from upgrading your doors and windows to installing a fence and gate down to hiring a landscaping service. Amid the pandemic, it’s time to take your property’s curb appeal to the next level.