Have you been searching for a way to spruce up the outside of your home? Curb appeal adds to the value of your home and it impresses the neighbors. Rather than “keeping up with Jones,” let everyone else scramble to keep up with you.
7 Tips for Increasing Your Home’s Curb Appeal
Improving your home’s curb appeal does not have to cost much money. There are several things you can do to bring new life to your modular home’s exterior.
1. Take time for lawn care.
As the saying goes, “first impressions matter.” Your lawn is the first thing people will see when they pull up to your house. Ensure that you make a good first impression by keeping the grass neat, trimmed, and watered. Bright flowers and tasteful lawn decor also improve curb appeal.
2. Invest in good lighting.
Stylish porch lighting provides both form and function. It offers a “good times” atmosphere during summer night barbecues while providing a warm, cozy feeling during the crisp fall months. Whether you invest in a couple of bright lanterns or in soft fairy lights, good lighting is important.
3. Furnish and decorate.
Porches often suffer from neglect simply because they are the “transitional place” between inside and outside. However, to increase curb appeal, you should make that transition as pleasant as possible. Look for outdoor furniture and decorations to put on your porch or near the front of your home. This provides a preview as to what is inside the house.
4. Clean and maintain.
One of the simplest ways to keep your curb appeal high is to keep things neat and tidy. Homeowners often forget that the outside of their house requires maintenance just like the inside requires maintenance. Clean your gutters and cars. Every few weeks, make sure that your porch and sidewalk are swept, windows are clean, bushes are trimmed, and clutter has been neatly stored out of sight.
5. Keep things symmetrical.
Appealing to the brain is a subtle way of appealing to the eye. While an asymmetrical look can be stylish and appropriate, the key term to remember is “balance.” If you have something large on one side of the house, look for an item to balance the other side. Your brain likes order and reason.
6. Add a pop of color.
Although your brain likes balance, it also enjoys a little splash of the unexpected. Adding random pops of color to an otherwise neutral area will add to the style and curb appeal of your home. Good places to do this include your front door, your house numbers, and your mailbox.
7. Power wash your exterior walls.
Even though you clean and maintain, the walls of your home will still develop a dingy, dirty look over time. Restore your exterior walls by power washing them yourself or by hiring someone to do it. Not only does this freshen things up, but it also makes you feel better.
How else can you improve your home?
Curb appeal only matters so much if you aren’t keeping appearances up inside as well. Make sure you clean, maintain and decorate the inside of your home so that you can do the outside justice.
At Next Modular, we know that choosing a home is likely one of the most important financial decisions you will make. As an experienced modular home builder, we are committed to being your guiding light through this process. If you have further questions, do not hesitate to call us today.