They say not to judge a book by its cover — but, believe it or not, most people judge a home by its curb appeal. Whether it’s a friend coming to visit or a potential buyer comparing it to other properties, anyone who pulls up to your property is going
to evaluate the way your home looks from the curb and form an opinion accordingly. What can you do to improve the way your home appears from the front? What are the best and most strategic ways to enhance curb appeal?
Here are seven tips for making the exterior of your home something special:
- Fix What’s Broken. Any broken, busted, missing or damaged parts of your home’s front appearance will be eye-catching to
visitors. Take the time to evaluate your property’s entire outside appearance and catch anything that’s not in proper working order. Replace broken shingles. Update dingy porch railings. Fix the walkway. Repair the fence. At the very least, your
home’s curb appeal should signify that you care about taking care of your property — a sure value-booster to your guests.
- Spruce Up the Landscaping. Whether you have a simple lawn or an elaborate landscaping scheme, by all means, take care
of it! Mow the lawn regularly in warmer months. Water the flowers. Trim the bushes. Take down rotted trees. Perhaps even more important than the upkeep of your lawn, personalized fencing options can become the pride of your landscape. While adding
aesthetics as well as utility, wood, vinyl or iron fences can set your yard apart from the rest! Just as your home says something about your pride of ownership, so too does its landscaping.
- Make the Front Door Pop. Turn your home’s entry into a focal point by painting the front door an attractive color that
complements your home’s façade. Whether you choose a bright red to stand out against your gray vinyl siding or a pale blue to complement your home’s white brick, think carefully about your front entrance and what it communicates. What’s more,
be sure to clean it thoroughly, replace outdated hardware and, if desired, add a simple wreath.
- Add Outdoor Lighting. Not everyone who comes to your home arrives in daylight, so think about your home’s curb appeal
in evening hours, too. Outdoor lighting is a powerful way to improve the look of your home and yard. Consider adding fixtures to accent landscaping or along a walking path to the front entrance. If you don’t want to install electrical lighting,
consider solar fixtures that will gain their energy from the sun.
- Update Your Mailbox. It may seem like a small touch, but in fact it’s the little touches that make a world of difference
when it comes to curb appeal. Consider replacing your old mailbox with a new, upgraded option that matches your home’s style or at least looks sleek and new.
- Add New House Numbers. Another little detail with a lot of potential is the way you display your address. House numbers
can be an afterthought or a stylish showpiece — the choice is yours. For a small amount of money, you can replace house numbers with more modern varieties or even custom plaques.
- Add a Custom Fence. As mentioned earlier, a personalized fence can set your outdoor appeal apart from your neighbors.
Wood fencing options compliment a lush green lawn and can awaken the inner gardener in you. Vinyl is a good wood alternative and is LEED certified. Ornamental fences provide a strong, highly
customizable option to match your yard and house. A fence can bring your entire curb appeal together.
Beautifying the exterior of your home doesn’t have to be a burden — use the seven tips above to take small steps toward prettier, more impressive curb appeal today.
Dean White is the owner and operator of Peerless Fence
one of the largest fence companies in northern Illinois. He has over 30 years of experience in the fence industry.