The outside aesthetic of your home plays a major role in the impression guests and passerbys have of your home and on your property’s overall value. The external appearance of a home may also affect the property value of the other homes on their street. A well-kept, appealing home, shows pride of ownership and helps increase the perceived value of a home or neighbourhood. Many Real Estate agents advise homeowners to keep their home and yard neat and aesthetically pleasing to help improve the value of houses in the neighborhood.

You don’t need to have the most appealing exterior on your street to reap the rewards associated with great curb appeal.

The question now, is how can I improve the front of my house?

Below we will highlight a few simple ways to increase your home’s curb appeal:

1. Update Your Windows and Doors

Your windows and doors are some of the most visible aspects of your home. Anyone walking by or walking up to your home will be exposed to your windows and doors. When they get to the front door, if you take a few extra moments before you can answer the door, it’s something your visitors will be looking at for a good amount of time. You can spruce up your doorway by adding lighting and adding a fresh coat of paint. If your windows and doors are getting close to or have passed the 20-year mark, you may consider replacing them. This will provide a rejuvenated look and feel to your home’s exterior amongst other benefits.

2. Add Window Boxes

Flowers effortlessly add beauty to both the interior and exterior of your home. If you don’t have the space to incorporate flower beds into your landscaping, a great alternative is adding window boxes. Windows boxes are small and can be made of different materials. There are plenty of options available at your local hardware store or garden store or you can choose to add a personalized touch and build them yourself. They are fairly easy, and fun DIY projects. Traditionally these boxes are placed below your window frames, but you can get creative and hang them anywhere you like.

3. Lighting

Having a bright, well-lit front entrance is more appealing and welcoming. Lights, especially during the dark will give life to your front entrance and accentuate your front porch and any decorative items you have put out. LED lighting may be the brightest option and add extra security as neighbours are able to clearly see your front entrance, but choosing a more natural hued bulb will provide a welcoming ambiance.

4. Pressure Wash Your Driveway and Walkways

Over time, dirt and debris will build up on your driveway and walkways, there isn’t an issue with this as they are meant to be walked on and driven on. However, this can take away from your home’s aesthetic appeal. Power washing these areas once or twice a year will help clear off the dirt and remove any stains, providing a refreshed look for your home.

There are many approaches you can take to achieve a more vibrant front of your home, ranging from small touches to full renovations. These are just four ways you can increase your home’s curb appeal and increase the aesthetic appeal of your front yard. Remember to have fun with your upgrade and let your design and style preferences shine through. After all you need to love your home, before anyone else can.