Spring has finally sprung for us here in Michigan! Finally, we are able to work outside on all the projects we planned while cooped up this winter. If you are anything like myself, you might have been watching HGTV and getting tons of ideas on how to spruce up your front lawn. The exterior of your house is the very first thing a potential buyer sees, and you only have seven seconds to make a first impression. Here are some tips for you to think about when working on your curb appeal.
Bring the Indoors out
This is key, especially if you have a front porch. Your porch can double as extra living space and should have an atmosphere that mirrors the inside of your house. Take an inventory of what you have to work with for your entry. If you have a concrete slab for flooring, consider installing tile. There are so many options these days you can go with any style you want and still stay within your budget. Freshen up the railing, pillars/columns, and ceiling with a coat of paint. Add comfortable furniture in pairs, or if you are able, add a porch swing too.
Upgrade the Front Door
Your front door can be used as a great statement piece. You can use a front door to make a grand entrance or a bold color statement. A front door can potentially increase resale value, according to Better Homes and Garden “A recent study by door manufacturer Therma-Tru found that upgrading the front door of a house increased the perceived value of a $190,000 home by almost $8,000.”
Landscaping is one of the most important things you can do to spruce up your curb appeal. I am going to say this right now, if you don’t have the greenest of thumbs then you should seriously invest in hiring a landscaping company. For those of you who are hardcore DIY-ers adding window boxes is one way to add color and interest to your homes exterior. Adding plants along the walkway, in planters on your front porch, and statement shrubs/plants will add that welcoming feel when walking up to your front door.
Lighting is Key
Along with a statement door, statement lighting is also very important. Lighting is a safety element, but it can also add drama and interest to your home. You don’t want to spend time and energy on your front porch and then have to look at an outdated, dusty eyesore from the stone age.
Pick a Color Palette
One final thought provoking tip I have for you is, pick a color palette and own it. Do research on the style of your home, pick something that would highlight the structural details/character of the house. If you are unsure on what looks good hire a designer to come, see what you are doing, for a few hours and get a professional opinion.