Here in the Mid-Atlantic region, the end of summer/beginning of fall is a great time to improve the curb appeal of your home, especially before the holiday season. It certainly helps that sunny days with cooler weather make it easier to make improvements to your home and yard. Improving your home’s curb appeal is also essential to increasing your home’s resale value, whether you’re selling now or later.
Here are a few things you can do to elevate your home’s appearance.
Lush greenery is a great selling point for your home. Clean landscaping, a green lawn, and colorful flowers are attractive to any buyer when selling. Taking care of your landscaping throughout the summer is essential to keeping your home looking well-maintained.
Tip: Try using a timed sprinkler so your lawn never gets thirsty while you’re away. Also, pay attention to the types of greenery you plant. Some plants do better in the shade while others may thrive in the sun. Meeting the seasonal needs of your plants will help keep them lush and healthy.
Refinish Dull Surfaces
Your home is constantly exposed to the elements, which can wear down colors and finishes. Giving these surfaces a fresh sanding and coat of paint can help bring life back to your home.
Tip: Painting your home’s siding or other large surfaces can make a huge statement. If you’re looking for an easier fix, try a bold new front door or repaint home accents, such as window shutters.
Give Your Home a Bath
Exposure to the elements can leave all sorts of dirt, grime, and residue on your home. Sometimes, all your home needs is a fresh cleaning. Before choosing any cleaning products, however, be sure to check if they’re compatible with the materials of your home. For example, some chemicals are more harsh and can break down paint and sealants.
Using a pressure washer is good for breaking through layers of dried debris and mildew, including on decks, pavers, and siding. Again, before using one, make sure your home’s materials can withstand the force.
Tip: Also be sure to clean your roof. Storms can leave behind branches, leaves, and other debris. Cleaning off your roof not only raises curb appeal but ensures your roof lasts longer. Don’t forget your gutters!
Add Some New Outdoor Furniture
If you have a larger front porch, put it to use! Adding decorations and furniture, such as a swing, bench, or small seating area, extends your indoor living space outside. It also makes your home a more welcoming and “homey” feeling. This can be an attractive feature for selling down the road.
Tip: Use removable cushions to personalize the space to fit your home’s style. Removable cushions are also easier to clean if they’re left out in climate weather.
Here at Advance Inc., we are dedicated to helping you make the best move for your next home project. If you’re looking to make a bigger statement with your home, contact us today to discuss your options.