When it comes to owning a home, whether you just bought the house or are doing some much-needed renovations, it is easy to focus on the décor that exists inside. While you are busy choosing countertop materials and deciding whether or not you want to use a tile backsplash in your kitchen, the exterior of your home may be sending a very different message to the outside world. The truth is, many people do not put the same kind of effort into decorating the exterior of their home, and why not? With simple additions such as a fresh coat of paint on the plantation shutters and some comfortable chairs on the front porch can completely transform the look of your home.
Curb Appeal is Not Just for Sellers
Most homeowners will eventually sell their house, be it because they need a bigger space or need to relocate for work. Even if you have no plans on moving in the foreseeable future, curb appeal is not something you should only worry about at the last minute. A recent Chicago Tribune report explained that while you cannot do some of the tricks used by builders when attempting to sell a new house, you can make sure your home makes a good first impression, to potential buyers or simply to those passing by. The Tribune report suggests that first impressions really do make a difference in a buyer’s mind, and if they do not like what they see outside, they may never even make it inside the home to see all of the special touches there.
Beautifying your exterior space does not have to be a major or expensive venture, there are small things that can make a large impact—as they say, it’s all in the details. The Tribune suggests that some high-impact projects include:
– Power washing the exterior of your home.
– Tending the garden by trimming, mulching, or adding colorful flowers.
– Replacing worn-out shutters with new plantation shutters.
HGTV’s Front Door also has a few pointers for those looking to ramp up the appeal of the outside of the home. They first suggest ‘glamming’ up your front door. This can be done largely with the color you choose for your front door. They suggest using a color that coordinates with the rest of the exterior but one that also provides a contrast. For example, if you have a grey home with black shutters, HGTV suggests painting your door red. They also suggest that large, stylish house numbers near the door make a major impact.
Leave no Stone Unturned
So next time you are feeling as though your home could use a little redecorating, do not forget the huge impacts that can be made with some simple changes to the exterior of your home. Make your home’s first impression count and make it feel a little more like home.
Chuck Stevens is an avid blogger always looking to share his experiences and recommendations. He has been flipping homes for over five years now. You can follow him on Twitter @chuckstevens12.