5 Inexpensive Way to Improve Your Homes Curb Appeal
Roof and Chimney
It is far less expensive to maintain the upkeep of your roof and chimney than to replace everything all at once so be aware of your surroundings. Keep an eye out for any broken, misshapen, or missing shingles, any blocked ventilation surrounding your chimney, or chipped or damaged mortar surrounding any bricks. A good rule of thumb is to go by the seasons, checking on your homes' well-being with every season change is to guarantee you won't miss anything. The elements can wreak havoc on your abode as well as your wallet! By replacing shingles and clearing ash as needed you are preserving your home while not breaking the bank.
Gutters and Drainpipes
An empty gutter and a clean drain do more for your home than you know! Aesthetically a home without large clumps of leaves and debris convey to your block just how proud you are to be living there!
Similarly, a drain pipe that is not peeling paint and securely fastened to your home not only leaves you with peace of mind, but assists in your homes' value as well. A drain pipe that is full of pine needles and leaves can not only harbor mold or bugs, but can also cause problems for your roof if it gets backed up enough. As Draino doesn't quite do the job in this situation, keeping your gutters and drain pipes clean will help prevent further depreciation and problems of your home.
Give your home a facelift!
You do not need to do a whole lot extra to really make your house squeaky clean, just break out that hose! If you have access to a pressure washer then definitely utilize one, but if not a hose will work just fine. Our homes take a beating every storm and season that passes, and very rarely do they get cleaned in between. Take the extra time to wash down all the spider webs, leaves, dirt, wasp nests, and anything else that may have found itself stuck to your home and it will look brand new! This will also give you the opportunity to evaluate your homes' paint job. Chipping and peeling paint will greatly diminish the value of your home, so keep an eye out for that! If you are considering repainting in your future, be wary of the color you choose. After doing all that you can for your curb appeal, it would be unfortunate to waste it all with a color choice that detracts from your home.
Your home has now been primped and polished and ready for the fun stuff, should it be in the budget. Brand new, easy to read house numbers shoot your curb appeal up to everyone, even those in the street. New house numbers can range anywhere from $5 a piece and up depending on where you go and what look you are going for. For those crafty individuals, homemade house numbers can't ever go wrong, especially if your local hardware stores don't carry exactly the look you were hoping for. A door mat is the last first impression your house guests get of you, as they are welcomed across your threshold, so it's important to keep them well-groomed. Over time our poor door mats take a beating, and it doesn't take long before they start to show! A brand new one is an inexpensive way to clean up your entryway and make your home stand out. Now, if your budget had a little wiggle room you may want to consider replacing your door. This can go from being a reasonably priced buy to very expensive rather quickly, but this one simple act can take years off your home! If right now is just not the time to be spending money one might consider merely repainting the door instead. A pop of color amongst a bland home is very eye catching and adds an element of fun to your home!
Though landscaping can be fairly inexpensive, it can definitely be time-consuming. This is almost always worth it, however; as a yard well put together can boost your curb appeal exponentially! More often than not there is a someone in the neighborhood eager at starting their first job taking care of your yard for a great price. If this is not the case, it might be in your best interest to landscape your yard in a way that fits your lifestyle. If you have some time on your hands and love being in the fresh air, vegetable gardens or flower pots may be an option for you. However, if your free time would rather be spent not maintaining the yard, you may want to get creative with some lava rocks or gravel. Either way, be sure your home matches your commitment level, and keep it looking sharp! A trimmed and decluttered yard brings a fresh look to your property like a new haircut compliments your face. If you are concerned about your lawn not growing, consider laying seed before attempting sod. Though sod can be an instant fix, it can also be very expensive! Seed will take some time to grow, but it will be tailored to your budget and still establish a great curb appeal.
Your home can be seen as a continuation of yourself by all who drive by or visit, so why not make it the best version of you that you can? Flipping your home from a sad situation to a beautiful investment does not have to be a difficult or expensive process! Have fun with making this space your own, and don't hesitate to get creative with your homes' facelift!