Summertime is like curb appeal’s prom night – everybody’s looking and judging. Don’t sweat it. Once you bust out these moves, you’re sure to cinch your neighborhood’s curb-appeal crown.
1. Create an adore-worthy door.
Your front door is the perfect place to add some pizazz to your pad’s exterior. And it’s a pretty easy project too. Choose exterior paint in a color that complements existing paint colors but also stands out in a big way. If your house is gray or blue, try a red, orange or yellow door. If it’s neutral and earthy, consider hues in browns, greens and blues. Don’t be afraid to experiment. We love the Chevron treatment on this door from Leen the Graphics Queen. And the house numbers add the perfect finishing touch!
2. Wow ’em with a water feature.
There’s no landscaping law commanding that every front yard include a uniform patch of grass. And isn’t royalty supposed to have a moat or something anyhow? This Koi pond is the epitome of envy-worthy curb appeal. Admittedly, it also looks expensive. If you like the look but don’t have funds for the feature, consider integrating a tasteful fountain or stone pond into your existing front yard landscape.
3. Deliver in the details.
Unique details like this mailbox from Phillips Metal Works can add big-time curb appeal without breaking the bank. Look for mailboxes, address plaques, light fixtures, planters and other items that will enhance the character and appeal of your home — in a cohesive, and uncluttered, way.
4. Dare to be dramatic.
What’s prettier than rose bushes in the front yard? A whole bunch of rose bushes winding up whimsical, beautifully tended, branched trellises. Don’t be afraid to take your landscaping ideas to the next level – as long as you’re prepared to keep up with the maintenance or hire a landscape professional. Letting something like this go would be a big, fat curb appeal no-no.
5. Pave your way to fame.
No neighbor could look at this brick paver driveway without feeling at least a little pang of jealousy. That’s because it’s beautiful – and it’s cranking the curb appeal way up on this Pennsylvania home. Brick paver driveways aren’t right for every climate, but there are many ways to create an awe-inspiring driveway in every location. Most homeowners spend between $2,000 to $5,000 to install a driveway, according to HomeAdvisor’s True Cost Guide — and it’s an investment that’s sure to pay back in resale value.