When we talk about curb appeal, it’s about how good a property and its exterior look when viewed by a stranger from the street. This is especially important when putting your house on the market to sell, but it is also a way to have people swoon over your home when passing by.
And who doesn’t want strangers to like what they see?
If you are looking to give your home a slight makeover and upgrade, here are five exterior elements that unexpectedly add curb appeal.
1. Landscape Lighting
The best way to make your home stand out from the curb is to install lighting in specific spots that will highlight your home’s best qualities. What you want to emphasize will depend on the size and style of your home, as well as how much space you have, but generally, every property has something that deserves a little more attention.
For example, you might want to utilize uplights to show off particular architectural features or point lights to emphasize the silhouette of distinct landscaping hallmarks at night (such as statues or beautiful trees). Additionally, by producing areas of light and shadow, you will enhance the visual interest of the exterior.
Whether you are highlighting individual bushes, fountains, pathways, or something else, you want the lighting to work with your overall landscape design and to ensure a cohesive look.
Furthermore, adding landscape lighting to your garden doesn’t just increase the curb appeal, but it also enhances your home’s security because anything that is well-lit is an immediate hindrance to potential intruders.
If you are looking to add landscape lighting to your home, opt for solar lights for a more energy-efficient option.
Everyone loves a good hedge, especially those who are considering purchasing a property. What is the big deal with hedges? Well, they help to produce extra privacy to the property, as well as to define the exterior space more elegantly. These are very attractive reasons for potential buyers.
The best way to introduce hedging (or update the current bushes) to your home is to work with local landscaping and lawn care specialists as they will be able to advise you on the different hedging options and which ones will work well for your specific needs.
In fact, it isn’t just hedging that you should consider adding; you also want to have healthy flower beds, container plants, pots and shrubs in the area.
The right combination of these features is a surefire way to create an aesthetically pleasing walkway and entrance to your home.
Who doesn’t love some colorful potted plants on either side of a front door?
How often do you think about what your mailbox looks like? Most likely, not very often. However, having an old, chipped, rotting box at the front of your house sends a signal that you don’t care about the small details in the home. This is not a good strategy for boosting curb appeal! In reality, you want to be sending the opposite message.
Take the time to choose an updated mailbox that not only matches the style of your home but that also unexpectedly adds curb appeal.
4. Water Features
Okay, maybe this one isn’t so unexpected, because there aren’t too many people who are turned off from a property due to a water feature. As a matter of fact, most people swoon when they see and hear the relaxing trickles of water.
Not only does it provide visual interest to the house (the key to curb appeal), but there is just something so luxurious about having a fountain or a pond out front.
The size of the feature and the amount of drama it injects is entirely up to you, but it is best to go for a design that produces a calming, tranquil, and welcoming ambience to your yard.
5. Outdoor Seating
When thinking about creating curb appeal for potential buyers, you want to think about the ways in which you can make it easier for them to imagine themselves living in the home. After all, staging is just marketing the house.
The vast majority of people very much enjoy the idea of sitting outside their home on a warm evening, with their friends and family around and laughter echoing around the garden.
If you add outdoor seating, you are increasing your curb appeal, designing an attractive outdoor living space, and furnishing your place with an outdoor escape.
Whatever you do, only purchase furniture and accessories that fit the style of your home and that work with the size of your space. You don’t want them to dominate the outdoor area, but rather, embellish what is already there.
What are you thinking of doing to add curb appeal to your home? Are there any fun exterior projects which you are working on? Let us know in the comments below!
Jay Flavell is the General Manager at Sandleford Holdings. He has been working in the DIY & Home Improvement industry since 2007 and has vast experience sourcing and developing products from overseas suppliers in the Far East. Jay has also been successful dealing with a number of major DIY & Home Improvement retailers throughout his career.