There are a ton of inexpensive ways to add curb appeal to your home. Before getting started be sure to check with your neighborhood association or your property management company to ensure that your improvements are in conformity with any covenants and restrictions that may be in place in your subdivision. Common restrictions include paint colors, dimension and placement of gardens and removal/addition of trees.
1. Paint the front door or trim.
Painting the front door is a great way to add some pop to your front entrance. Most quality exterior paint will run you about $40 a gallon. Choose a bright color that will make a statement but make sure it matches the rest of the home. Before painting make sure to properly clean and prep your surface. Check out DIY Networks’s top picks for front door paint colors.
2. Add a new mailbox.
Whether you have a box mount or a stand alone mailbox adding a new mailbox is an often overlooked way of boosting your home’s curb appeal. When deciding which box to purchase be sure to check your Association’s Covenants and Restrictions to ensure you comply with any restrictions that may be in place. If you live in a non restricted neighborhood a new mailbox can run as cheap as $20 at Lowe’s or Home Depot.
Below is a before and after showing how a new mailbox can increase your home’s curb appeal. We think our friends at Magnificent Mailboxes did a great job. What do you think?
Pealing paint, dull letters, broken scroll work and an inoperable flag.
Bright, shiny new box with detailed lettering and a polished finish.
3. Clean your roof
Believe it or not the roof of your home can have a big impact on the curb appeal of your home. Cleaning your gutters and blowing off excess debris is a great way to help your home look sharp. However, over time roofs can start to weather and show signs of mineral deposits, mold or other discoloring effects. Pressureless soft wash roof cleaning is a great way to remove discoloration from your roof in a safe manner that is guaranteed not to damage the shingles.
Check out the work our friends at Pressure Preaux did to clean the roof of this home.
4. Install new house numbers
If your house numbers are faded or missing consider getting some new ones. Matching the finish to your exterior fixtures is a great way to ensure a polished overall look. House numbers can be installed many different places depending on the layout of your entrance. A few of the most common places to install house numbers include the front door, in the entry way or on a plaque in the yard. Adding fresh house numbers is a great way to ensure visitors can find your home while adding some increased curb appeal. Make sure to consider the layout and visibility of your numbers when choosing the perfect spot.
5. Potted plants and flower boxes
Giving your entry way a good old fashioned scrub is a great way to set the stage for improvements. A thorough sweeping of all corners and surfaces is a great way to get started. For stubborn dirt and stains consider pressure washing your entryway. If you don’t have a pressure washer or can’t find the time to clean your driveway and entryway consider hiring a professional such as Pressure Preaux to get a clean surface in a timely fashion.
When your surface is in tip top shape consider adding some potted plants or flower boxes. Starting with a hardy green plant in the center and adding seasonal colors around the edges is a great way to add pop to your entry way. Change out annuals at each season to keep your home looking its best.
For questions about this article or the covenants and restrictions of your neighborhood give Gulf South Property Management a call today. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about increasing the curb appeal of your home while adding value to your entire community.