Your home’s curb appeal contributes to your home’s worth. Whether you plan to sell soon or not, your curb appeal affects its value and buyer perception. You can update your home’s look for a small investment, and you will earn back much more than you invest in the value of your home.
Here are four ways you can update your Denver home’s curb appeal.
You don’t have to spend a lot on an amazing and eye-catching home. You can let your landscaping do most of the work. The landscaping industry employs nearly one million people, so someone in that industry likely runs a business near you. Hire a pro to help you put in hedges or bushes in front of our home. Plant these in front of your windows, but don’t let them grow so high as to block the windows’ views. They provide a safety measure by ensuring that a prowler can’t approach your window.
Also, plant a garden plot or two to add color to the front of the home. Flowers provide a year-round brightener that you can use to cover areas where the grass is browned. Use a bed of potting soil and cover it with mulch, edge the beds, and trim the garden plots with small rocks or six-inch or one-foot-high garden fencing.
Real estate experts say you can earn a 200-400% return on investment with a well-done landscape design. According to landscape economist John Harris, well-kept landscaping and gardens can contribute up to 28% of a home’s overall value. For a well-kept lawn, have the yard mowed regularly. Your landscaping does little good if you let your yard become overgrown. Mowing the yard once per week eliminates overgrowth and protects your home from rodents.
You can easily update the look of the exterior of your home with new fixtures. Installing a lamppost light in the yard and updating the porch or stoop light can improve your curb appeal. This can help you stand out amongst the 5.64 million existing homes sold in 2020, especially those in Denver and the surrounding suburbs. Also, update your mailbox, especially if it sits at the yard’s edge.
Only 822,000 newly constructed homes sold in 2020, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. You also need your home to look as new as those homes. Updating the knobs, window screens, and locks can brighten the appearance of the entry. If your door became weathered from wear and tear, replace it. Install a storm door if you don’t already have one. Additionally, clean your windows regularly and pressure wash the siding so it looks new.
Good Fences Make Good Neighbors
Install a fence that looks good from both sides. You want it to look nice from the street, your neighbors’ yards, and your own property. A fence separates your property and helps keep it clean, and it certainly contributes to your landscaping. Fences made of wood, stone, and brick will add to the ambiance of your Denver home.
Repaint Your Exterior & Update the Garage Door
Rather than letting paint chip, scrape it off and repaint the home. Chipped paint looks unkempt. Don’t just paint the main color. Also, pay attention to the garage door, porch rails, trim, and eaves. You can update the garage door with a vinyl wrap instead of a paint job. These typically cost less than $99, and you can choose from a wide array of designs. The wrap can make it look like you replaced the garage door with a high-end, wood design when you still have the same metal, roll-up door as always.
Updating the curb appeal of your home doesn’t have to cost much money. You can spend less than $500 to give your home’s exterior a whole new look. Consider these tips as you give your Denver home the exterior upgrades it deserves!